Business Book Review

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1. Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent – Sydney Finkelstein

If you want to learn how to be more than a boss who “bosses” – if you want to be a boss who inspires their employees and in turn gets the very best out of their team and the business itself – then this is the book for you.

2. Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines – Thomas H. Davenport

This is a thought-provoking and eye-opening look into what potentially (probably?) lies ahead. Read it. Enjoy it. Change how you think about your future because of it.

3. Hustle – Neil Patel

No money or education? Feel trapped in a job you hate? Convinced you’re just “unlucky”? Neil will show you how to start making your own luck by hustling your way to a happier and more prosperous life.

4. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

Grit teaches us that we don’t need to be a “genius” to be successful. It shows us how instead, if we’re passionate enough and persistent enough, we can get anything we want to happen.

5. Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change: Inspire the People and Succeed Where Others Fail – H James Dallas

Initiating change in established businesses can be tough. “Why fix what isn’t broken?” Sound familiar?

Even when something is broken, it’s not unusual for the C-Suite to resist innovation. That’s where this book from H. James Dallas comes in. It’s not just about forcing change; it’s about inspiring people and getting them excited about implementing positive changes that will gain the company a competitive edge. In short, it will help you “conquer the most daunting change initiative with the right people, tools, and strategies.”

6. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days – Dan Heath

Named a bestseller by both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Sprint will help transform how you test ideas and resolve problems – no matter how big or small. It promises to save you and your team “countless hours and countless dollars.”

Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick, said it “teaches you a novel process for solving really thorny problems in just five days. It’s full of helpful, entertaining stories that will make it easier for you to succeed.”

7. If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? – Raj Raghunathan

A catchy title that I’m sure resonates with a lot of people, business professor Raj Raghunathan‘s first release is part of his Happy Smarts project – an investigation into whether the same traits that make us so successful in our careers could be keeping us from being happy in our personal lives. In other words: why so many smart, bright, and successful people are so “profoundly unhappy.”

Sound familiar?

“If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?” will change how you think about happiness, what it is, and what constitutes a happy life. It will help get you on the path to enjoying your life the way you deserve to.

8. Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self – Erik Bertrand

Overcoming procrastination is hard.

While I doubt this solution from Erik Bertrand will help everyone, I think it’s an excellent idea. In short, it entails committing to being the very best, hardest-working, most dedicated version of yourself you can be – for a week. The idea is that if you can manage it for a week, you can break away from old habits and do it for life.

Got to be worth a shot, right?

9. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport

Deep Work aims to teach us how to gain absolute focus in a world that’s ripe with distraction (a great read to follow Bertrand’s entry above).

As well as being the name of the book, “deep work” refers to “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.” The idea is that if you can focus fully, without any distractions, you can “produce better results in less time” – and why wouldn’t you want to be able to do that?

10. The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want – Dave Kerpen

The ability to get people thinking your way, agreeing with you, and doing what you want, can make a massive difference in all areas of your life – especially business.

The latest book from entrepreneur Dave Kerpen will help you hone your people skills through “53 bite-sized, easy-to-execute, and often counterintuitive tips.”


See also

Financial Times list of must-read business titles

Strategy + Business – Best Business Books

Business Insider: 23 Best Business Books

New York Times Best Business Books List

Business Book Best Seller List

Forbes Top Ten Business Books



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