What Is Your Favourite Business Book?

December 2nd, 2019

During my reverse advent throughout December, I will be giving away a business book to someone.

If you had to choose any business book to give to a friend or colleague what would it be?

I have asked my network for some of their top reads and here are 50 titles that have been mentioned, some numerous times (in no particular order):

  1. The Second Bounce Of The Ball: Turning Risk Into Opportunity Paperback — Sir Ronald Cohen
  2. Eat that Frog — Brian Tracy
  3. The Success Principles — Jack Canfield
  4. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not -Robert T. Kiyosaki
  5. The E-myth — Michael Gerber
  6. The Chimp Paradox — Steve Peters
  7. How the Mighty Fall — Why Some Companies Fail — Jim Collins.
  8. Good to Great — Jim Collins
  9. Sapiens — Yuval Noah Harari
  10. Emergence — Derek Rydall
  11. This is Marketing — Seth Godin
  12. Start with Why — Simon Sinek
  13. Be More Pirate — Sam Connie
  14. Make Your Bed Admiral William H McRaven
  15. Better Than Before — Gretchen Rubin
  16. The Tipping Point — Malcolm Gladwell
  17. Linchpin — Seth Godin
  18. Jolt: Shake Up Your Thinking — Richard Tyler
  19. Dare To Lead — Brene Brown
  20. The Power of Habit — Charles Duhigg
  21. The Icarus Deception – Seth Godin
  22. Feel the fear & do it anyway – Susan Jeffers
  23. Thinking fast & slow – Daniel Kahneman
  24. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance — Angela Duckworth
  25. Tools of Titans — Tim Ferris
  26. Work Like A Woman – Mary Portas
  27. Founders Dilemma — Noam Wasserman
  28. The ONE Thing – Jay Papasan & Gary Keller
  29. Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder.
  30. Go for No – Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz.
  31. Innovation and Entrepreneurship — Peter Drucker
  32. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers — Ben Horowitz
  33. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language — Steven Pinker
  34. How to Be A Productivity Ninja – Graham Allcott
  35. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen R Covey
  36. What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School – Mark McCormack
  37. The Magicians Way – William Whitecloud
  38. The Art of Possibility – Benjamin Zander.
  39. Words that Change Minds – Shelle-Rose Charvet
  40. Work Smarter: Live Better – Cyril Peupion
  41. Talk Like TED – Carmine Gallo
  42. Business Is Personal – Penny Power
  43. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson
  44. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business – Patrick Lencioni
  45. Find Your Thing: Lucy Whittington
  46. Thrive – Ariana Huffington
  47. The 80:20 Principle – Richard Koch
  48. Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed
  49. Revisionist Histories – Malcolm Gladwell
  50. Get Social – Michelle Carvill

What are your favourites, on or off the list and why?

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2 Responses

  1. Seeing as you already have Sapiens (great book!) I would suggest The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. It’s all about incredibly improbable or unpredictable events and how we rationalise them. I read it after his previous book (Fooled by Randomness) when trying to understand market trading psychology and the propensity of people to dissociate trading financial markets from the concept of gambling, but as a business owner, this one made me think about building robustness in the face of the unforeseen and being adaptable to ever-changing technology and industry.

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