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Publisher Profile / Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Berrett-Koehler Publishers


Mission and genres: “Connecting People and Ideas to Create a World That Works For All” Berrett-Koehler is a publisher that stands for change and strives to make the world a better place. Their books showcase this desire for positive development, from business books that instruct on how to make the workplace a better place to diversity books that highlight what is often cast in shadows. A publisher with firm values, they continue to help the world evolve.

Founder and Publisher: Steve Piersanti

An Interview with the Publisher

After awarding Berrett-Koehler with the 2015 Indie Publisher of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews Executive Editor Howard Lovy was curious how BK manages to meet its high ideals while also remaining a successful publisher. So, he connected with Publisher Steven Piersanti, who explained how they do it.

Berrett-Koehler’s books emphasize business not purely for profit, but as a way of bringing people and ideas together. Should we all change the way we think about what “business“ means?

Steven Piersanti
Berrett-Koehler’s publishing agenda includes business but it is much broader. Our mission is “Connecting People and Ideas to Create a World That Works for All.” We believe that to truly create a better world, action is needed at all levels: individual, organizational, and societal. Therefore, we publish groundbreaking books focused on each of these three levels.

Read the interview with Steven Piersanti


The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide by Mark Gerzon

A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide: Build a Better Business by Building Community by Jamey Stegmaier

Singletasking: Get More Done One Thing at a Time by Devora Zack

Outsmart Waste: The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way out of It by Tom Szaky

The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World by Anasazi Foundation

What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results, and Save 90 Minutes a Day by Laura Stack

I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze by Deepak Malhotra

Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Lou Faust and Ruma Bose

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected by Devora Zack

Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking by Deanna Zandt

Small Change: Why Business Won’t Save the World by Michael Edwards

Aligned Thinking by Jim Steffen

The Pebble and the Avalanche: How Taking Things Apart Creates Revolutions by Moshe Yudkowsky

The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change Thrive under Pressure and Bounce Back from Setbacks by Al Siebert

Consulting Mastery: How the Best Make the Biggest Difference by Keith Merron

risoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankls Principles at Work by Alex Pattakos

Cultural Intelligence: People Skills for Global Business by David C. Thomas and Kerr Inkson

Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose by Kathy Caprino

The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them by Lisa Chen and Lisa Witter

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo

Reset: Changing the Way We Look at Video Games by Rusel DeMaria

Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace by Bruce Barry

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by Duane Boyce, Edited by Jim Ferrell

The Secret: What Great Leaders Knowand Do by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller

Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change by Bob Seidensticker

Ideas are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder

Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good by Stephen Young

America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power? by Jim Garrison

Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John De Graaf

Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Company and Your Life by Jesse Stoner and Ken Blanchard

Expect the Unexpected (or You Won’t Find It): A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of Heraclitus by Roger von Oech

Beyond Juggling: Rebalancing Your Busy Life by Brooklyn Derr, Dawn Carlson, Kathy Buckner, and Kurt Sandholtz

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

The Path of Least Resistance for Managers: Designing Organizations to Succeed by Robert Fritz

The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism by David C. Korten

Dance Lessons: Six Steps to Great Partnerships in Business and Life by Chip R. Bell and Heather Shea


Work Reimagined: Uncover Your Calling by David A. Shapiro and Richard J. Leider. 2015 Finalist for Career

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris. 2015 GOLD Winner for Women’s Studies

Got Your Attention? How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone by Sam Horn. 2015 GOLD Winner for Career

The Confidence Myth: Why Women Undervalue Their Skills, and How to Get Over It by Helene Lerner. 2015 Finalist for Career

Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference by Sarah van Gelder. 2015 HONORABLE Mention for Self-Help

The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles by Ron Garan. 2015 Finalist for Science

Simply Managing: What Managers Do — and Can Do Better by Henry Mintzberg. 2013 Finalist for Career

Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius by Fritjof Capra. 2013 GOLD Winner for Science

The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward by Kevin Cashman. 2012 BRONZE Winner for Business & Economics

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution: Journeys to a Generative Economy by Marjorie Kelly. 2012 Finalist for Business & Economics

Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights than You Do and What You Can Do About It by Jeffrey D. Clements. 2012 Finalist for Political Science

Women Lead the Way by Linda Tarr-Whelan. 2009 GOLD Winner for Women’s Issues

Crunch by Jared Bernstein. 2008 GOLD Winner for Business & Economics

The Speculation Economy by Lawrence E. Mitchell. 2007 GOLD Winner for Business & Economics

Affluenza by John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor. 2005 HONORABLE Mention for Popular Culture

Foreword Mentions

A Productive Year for Berrett-Koehler

Berrett-Koehler is Foreword Reviews’ 2015 Indie Publisher of the Year

Press Releases

March 2016: top month in Foreign Translation sales!

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