There are plenty of podcasts for business owners available out there as well as inspirational documentaries on some of the most successful entrepreneurs in modern days but, nothing makes a man smarter than reading a book. Whether you have a start up in the pipeline or want to pinch all the right tips from some of the most famous marketing moguls, we have selected some of the best books for business.
Has growth reached a standstill and you are sick of others telling you what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your activity? Learning from the best is something you can do by looking at the best books on business strategy, which will surely present you with another perspective, an angle you still haven’t been exploring to boost your company. It’s worth a try and it doesn’t increase costs that much.
Or, if you are a woman and strive to compete against men in gaining your share of the market, as well as one of the leadership positions that matter, there are plenty of business books best sellers on our list to push you taking the first steps in the field.
Charisma, being a leader and a motivator are also some of the qualities a some of the best business books of all time promote, because we all know the adages now on what good bosses do.
Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied, by Howard Yu
Apple and Google are two titans who have been battling it over lawsuit copyright and if complacency is something found at these very high levels, can you imagine what can go down in the world of small and medium sized companies? Howard Yu, professor at IMD in Switzerland, sustains that what matters in the business isn’t being the best but being able to reinvent and reposition yourself and your business.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss
Haven’t you listened to Tim Harris interview to Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jamie Foxx? If you have missed Tim Ferriss podcast (you can’t actually miss a podcast, but you know what we mean) you can still pick up what is considered one of the best books on business strategies, as it includes tips and tactics of 200 of the world’s most established personalities in business.
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg
Author of the New York Times hit The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg presents in his book on business some very different case scenarios to enlighten you on what you should change about how you do business. From a PhD researcher who goes into professional Poker to a team of experts at Google who studies how success comes with the people in a team and their bond, there’s plenty of inspirational real-life successes for you to be inspired by.
Business Adventure by John Brooks
Bill Gates himself has said about Business Adventure that is one of the best books he has ever had, probably because he could find in it some aspects of being an entrepreneur he has lived on his skin. Brooks examines how different companies and their disasters, including Fort Motor Company and General Electric, to highlight their common traits in an attempt to explain the intricate world of corporate life.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
You can go after the job you want—and get it!
You can take the job you have—and improve it!
You can take any situation—and make it work for you!
Are the lines off one of the most groundbreaking business book bestsellers of all time; Dale Carnegie has guided his readers into becoming the business leader, the one everyone’s looks up to, by following several easy step guides on pretty much anything you do. From the six ways to make people like you to the nine ways to ‘change people without arousing resentment’, this book is a lease of life even for those who are not into business.
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden
How many times have you written on your CV or on the myriad customised cover letters you have been sending out to recruiters how much of a motivated person you are? According to Inc.com’s best columints Jeff Haden, moativation isn’t the real deal when it comes to becoming a successful businessman. Read all the practical lessons in one of the best business books out there.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
With over 3 million copies sold, Mark Manson ‘not giving a F*uck’ is without a doubt one of the best business books of all time. When life gives you lemons, try and stomach them, rather than squeezing out there juices to make lemonade. Being realistic is the key to success you will find in this New York Times Best Seller.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
What if you could improve yourself by 1% every single day of your life? According to James Clear it is possible to achieve success by adopting new habits and getting rid of those holding you down as well as motivating you in reaching your goals every day.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Women make up half the population, therefore, women should take up half the seats in leadership positions. A concise statement that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has adopted as her motto to encourage women to take action and ‘lean in’ into business. Lean in is one of the best books for business to read.
Fooled by Randomness, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb isn’t asking you to believe in faith or luck, but only to admit some of the most successful people in the world didn’t just have talent, charisma and a good investor on their side. Chances, being in the right place at the right time and a stroke of positive karma have to be taken into account too.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
In a nutshell, what are the 7 habits of highly effective people described in one of the best business books? Being proactive, putting first things first, interdependence, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand, then to be understood, synergising, continual improvement and lastly, sharpening the saw.
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
When thinking about what the reasons of your insuccesses or your inability to move forward with your career might be, technical skills come to mind, but according to Goldsmith the secret to getting at the top is to practice basic behaviours, starting with saying thank you and listening to others.