20 January 2017

7 must read business books from 2016

To give you a hand in deciding which pages are worth turning, we’ve had a look at some of the top business book lists by Business Insider, Financial Times, The Economist, Fortune and Inc. from 2016. So if you need some inspiration, insight or just want a good read about the business world – take a look at some of these must read business books.

Shoe Dog: a memoir by the creator of Nike
By Phil Knight
The founder of Nike tells the inside story of the world’s biggest athletic company. Phil Knight candidly shares his journey from being a business school graduate selling shoes from the trunk of his car, to evolving Nike into one of the world’s most iconic brands.

Why should you read it?
If you have entrepreneurial aspirations, this start-up success will give you the inspiration to take that next step in pursuing your business goals. Recommended by Business Insider and Fortune.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
By Adam Grant
Using a mix of surprising studies and real-life stories from the business world, Adam Grant explores how to champion new ideas and avoid groupthink. Originals will provide you with insights into ways you can harness good ideas and get others on board with them.

Why should you read it?
Ever had a great idea but didn’t know how to communicate it? Originals will lend you a hand in getting better at speaking up effectively and finding people that can help you drive change. Recommended by Fortune, Financial Times and Inc.

Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built
By Duncan Clark
This is the story of how Jack Ma built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies. The journey from humble beginnings was not without its challenges, but Alibaba’s story demonstrates how an inconceivable concept can be developed into an e-commerce success.

Why should you read it?
If you have an interest in how Alibaba has gained success or why other organisations have failed to achieve it in China, this book will appeal to your interest in China’s tech scene. It’s also another great story about a start-up win! Recommended by Financial Times and The Economist.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
By Charles Duhigg
Through rigorous reporting and rich storytelling Charles Duhigg explains how we can get better at the things we do. Smarter Faster Better explores the science of productivity and utilises case studies to determine what makes the most productive people the way they are.

Why should you read it?
Looking to improve your productivity in 2017? This book will give you real-world lessons to help you succeed and get more done. Recommended by Business Insider and Inc.

Sprint: how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days
By Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Brad Kowitz
Designer Jake Knapp created this five day process at Google that puts your idea to the test. From idea to prototype to making a decision about its viability, Sprint will guide you through each step. Tested and proven on over a hundred companies, this practical guide will help answer critical business questions.

Why should you read it?
For those who have an idea and want to see if it will actually work in the real world – this book will help you build and test your concept to rapidly accelerate the development process. What are you waiting for? Get sprinting! Recommended by Business Insider.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
By Cal Newport
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a mentally demanding task. Cal Newport details four “rules” for transforming your mind and habits to support the skill, and produce better results in less time.

Why should you read it?
In a world of connectivity it can be hard to truly focus on a task you want or need to complete. Deep work is your “how to” guide for becoming more efficient, less distracted and achieving better results. So if you want to get more out of the work you put it in – add this to your reading list. Recommended by Business Insider and Inc.

Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World
By Joann S. Lublin
Joann S. Lublin, one of the first female reporters at the Wall Street Journal, shares the valuable lessons of over 50 successful business women and how they overcame corporate obstacles. Earning It provides advice and practical inspiration for tackling challenges that women face in the world of work.

Why should you read it?
This book provides a reminder that you’re not the only one facing challenges in your career, and arms you with tools to help get through the difficult times. Not to mention it’s full of stories from some seriously inspiring business women! Recommended by Business Insider.

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