Our Ten Favorite Business Magazines

There’s no doubt that in this rapidly changing environment, successful leaders and managers need not only to stay abreast of developments in their companies and industries, but also of events worldwide.

While there’s lots to read on the web, for great digests of top stories and in-depth features, it’s hard to beat magazines, either in print or in their online editions (many of which you can read for free). Of the hundreds that are out there, here are ten favorites, with links to their online version where available. (In coming issues of this newsletter, we’ll feature selected articles and profiles from these magazines.)

1. Bloomberg Business Week
Up to the minute reporting, analysis and perspective on business and economic activity worldwide.

2. The Economist http://www.economist.com/
If you only read one magazine, make it The Economist. Its global perspective provides important insights into business, politics and other key issues of our time and does so in an entertaining way.

3. Entrepreneur http://www.entrepreneur.com/
The small business authority helping to manage and grow your business.

4. Fast Company http://www.fastcompany.com/
The how-to magazine that keeps managers abreast of emerging business trends and ideas. Fast Company is the magazine that sets the idea agenda for the future of business.

5. Forbes
Great company and executive profiles along with practical financial advice and smart tips to manage your money.

6. Fortune
Fortune speaks the language of the street: Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, and everywhere in between, providing innovative business ideas and in-depth strategies and analysis.

7. Harvard Business Review http://hbr.org/
The Bible for senior executives (and those aspiring to join their ranks), HBR provides thought provoking ideas on managerial excellence from the best in the business.

8. Inc.
The magazine for growing companies, Inc. provides managers with the hands-on tools and information needed to grow small to mid-size companies.

9. McKinsey Quarterly http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/home.aspx
The business journal of McKinsey & Company, offering new ways of thinking about management in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to help business people run their organizations more productively, more competitively, and more creatively.

10. strategy + business http://www.strategy-business.com/current_issue
For decision makers in businesses and organizations around the world. Our purpose is to illuminate the complex choices that leaders face — in strategy, marketing, operations, human capital, public presence, governance, and other domains — and the impact of their decisions. From the international management consulting firm Booz & Company.