To succeed in business, you need to commit to self-education and personal growth. Only by expanding your knowledge and learning new techniques can you maximize your potential in the business world. Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there to help you along in your journey.
Reading is one of the best ways to acquire more knowledge and expand your mind. The best people in business spend several hours every week with their noses pressed to a printed page. While almost any reading material will prove edifying, there are a handful of books that are especially useful for aspiring business leaders. In honor of our local friends over at Books & Books here are the top 5 business books that everyone needs to read.
Good to Great by Jim Collins
In this landmark book, Jim Collins explores companies that successfully transitioned from mere competence to genuine greatness. In examining the habits and strategies that proved successful, he discovered a set of recurring patterns. By reading about how decent companies made themselves spectacular, you can compile ideas for your own business career. Both highly readable and remarkably detailed, it’s no wonder this book has become such a classic within the business community.
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
Growing a business is never simple, but it becomes a whole lot easier when you learn from the most successful business leaders of the past. In this book, Verne Harnish draws from historical examples to show how you can effectively scale your business. He focuses on four key decision areas that a company must master to produce consistent growth: people, strategy, execution, and cash. If this book inspires you to make smart decisions in these areas, you’ll be on your way toward a successful business career.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
It’s not for nothing that Peter Thiel has become one of the leading lights in the world of business-related publishing. His sharpness of mind and clarity of thought make him an excellent source of valuable information. In this classic book, he describes how startups can develop forward-looking platforms in an ever-changing business environment.
Abundance by Peter Diamandis
For leaders to thrive in today’s dynamic economy, they need to have a solid understanding of the world beyond the business sphere. This fantastic book is a great source of information, providing a unique take on the future of our capitalist society. Diamandis argues that we’ll soon find a way to produce an abundance of goods and services for all the planet’s inhabitants. This is an optimistic take that will lift your spirits while preparing you for the decades ahead.
The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly
If you’re going to be a good leader, then you’ll have to learn how to properly manage people. According to Matthew Kelly, you can get the most out of your individual team members if you actively seek to help them achieve their dreams. Once you’ve finished this masterful work, you’ll be ready to put Kelly’s approach into practice.
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