As an entrepreneur you were most probably received a lot of specialized book recommendations that mentioned the classics, the bibles of entrepreneurship, business and marketing. Let’s not insist on those because they are easy to find and it’s possible that they are already in your bookshelf.
Instead, let’s have a closer look at some of the newly released books that any entrepreneur should consider reading to help them expand on horizons and assist with their professional development.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant
The number 1 New York Times bestseller focuses on innovation and creativity as engines of development in this age’s business world. The author shares his experience in academia and corporate business to describe how corporations can freshen up their culture and way of thinking and discover new ways of building their success.
From small things, like the creativity of last born children or your choice in Internet browsers and what that says about you, to big picture ideas related to familiarity, optimism, routine, and their advantages or disadvantages, Adam Grant explains how creativity is born and nurtured to bring a plus in your business and exceed normal expectations.
Unleashing Capacity – The Hidden Human Resources, by Rita Trehan
A great book on the strategic role that HR should play in business management, as part of the C-Suite. The author explains how HR should transition from its current role as a department concentrating on people focused processes and programs, into the organizational capacity and development resource that will drive and empower the successful businesses of the 21st Century.
Smart business leaders know that they need HR to prepare their company to meet the specific demands of a competitive and fast moving marketplace. To do that, HR leaders should start leading — not simply participate in — the corporate budget and strategy conversation as the voice of organizational capacity. Read more about the book and its author here.
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
Smarter Faster Better is a must read for entrepreneurs, as it analyses different productivity concepts and provides practical solutions to common difficulties while providing a vast range of examples and research to back up all its theories.
The author explains why some individuals, as well as companies or models get things done so quickly and efficiently, through solid scientific data, from ground breaking finds of neuroscience to psychological theories and behavioral economics.
The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future, by Steve Case
The Third Wave is an essential read for leaders in business, but also anybody who is interested in how the present world works and what all the rapid changes that we are witnessing will bring into the future.Its author, Steve Case, is the co-founder of AOL and an Internet forefather. He explains how the current tech entrepreneurship come to exist following two waves (or phases) of the Internet’s growth and development.
We are currently in an era of connecting the Internet to physical products and services.The author then proceeds describing the third wave to come in an exciting anticipation of the technological progress and applicability.
Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms, by Jessica DiLullo Herrin
Find Your Extraordinary was an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller and the title says it best: it shows you how to improve your life and change the status-quo by going after your dreams and making them real. It challenges the traditional paths we are usually pushed towards and encourages the reader to look at the world through an individual perspective.
Believing in your own ideas and vision and bringing them to life is not an easy journey and this is not a book that gives a guaranteed success guide, but it provides excellent insight about motivation, about how to make well researched decisions and go for bigger things in life.
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do, by Chris Guillebeau
When you hear the words “Perfect Job” you can’t help yourself to laugh a little or take it with a pinch of salt – we are not used to see people loving their job, doing what they really want to do, earning their living through a passion. These stories are rare, but Guillebeau’s book explains why it’s not impossible to achieve. He provides valuable guides on how to choose a work path, how to find that passion that will keep you motivated and inspired and how to monetize it.
These five books are great additions to your bookshelf and they can be picked up anytime for inspiration, for a change of perspective or for their most enjoyable writing style. Success doesn’t come easy, and to attain it you need to commit. The position of a business leader is tough, and yet you can do it if you expand your horizons and get as much advice as possible on driving a business to success.
A list by LoveReading.co.uk