Books, as one of the oldest media, can be still considered as a very effective learning tool. Talking about how successful is a book, we should determine what does it make to be a good book. Does it mean that it is best selling, or most influental..? Also, one same book can differently affect the audience. Anyhow, here is the list of best business books with a brief description:
20. Your Money or Your Life:
Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
This book was published before more than 20 years, but it is still highly requested and has a significant following. Its focus is on how to teach people to rationally manage the money they have, so it is much a lifestyle guide then a financial one.
19. Crucial Conversations:
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
This New York Times bestselling book was written by 4 authors: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. The focus of the book is how to talk to people. It can sound like an easy task, however it can sometimes be extremely difficult. This is an unbelievably useful book, with lessons and tips how to talk successfully.
18. Success Built to Last:
Creating a Life That Matters
It could be said that it is easy to determine what make some people successful more than others, but Success Built to Last went one step further. Actually, they interviewed about 200 people for this book, about how they grew and developed in their industries and lives. Bill Clinton, Jeff Bozos, Warren Buffett, Maya Angelou and more all offer their insight.
Powerful Leadership Proverbs
The author Bill Hybels is the leader of the large and powerful Willow Creek Community Church. His book Axiom approaches the skills needed for leadership from the angle of a church leader.
16. Competitive Strategy:
Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
Competitive Strategy has been amazingly popular ever since it was first published in 1998. It is considered as a business classic and is available in 19 languages. He focuses on what makes a business competitive: lowest cost, differentiation and how competitive advantage is crafted.
15. The Millionaire Next Door:
This book study the rich and indicates 7 factors that could be the main attribute of the successful people. They are usually not famous stars know by wide masses of the people. They are just people who quietly and wisely make money.
14. The Smartest Guys in the Room:
The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
This book describes the financial disaster that happened to Enron. The authors opened the eyes of millions of people to just how deceitful and corrupt the whole business was.
Moneyball by Michael Lewis was about how the Oakland A’s general manager took the tools of business into baseball and completely changed the face of baseball. Also, this book was adapted into an incredibly successful movie.
12. The Toyota Way
Based on principles of lean production and constant improvement, it’s an enlightening look into how the company succeeded so long for so well.
11. The Prince
While some current historical works suggest that Machiavelli’s The Prince may have been written as satire, it has nevertheless been used as a guidebook for people in any and all fields who want to improve their lot.
10. The 4-Hour Workweek:
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss is a controversial figure. He got his start selling nutrition supplements at improbable price, and managed his success into a book empire. His book is a quick and easy read.
9. Liar’s Poker
Lewis’ story about graduating from the London School of Economics, and joining the brutal world of Wall Street is an unbelievable one. These young men gambled with millions, attempting to bluff and out manoeuvre one another in financial transactions.
8. The Art of War
Sun Tzu’s Art of War was written more than 2,000 years ago as guide for military strategists in ancient China, but its lessons equally apply to the world of modern business. Strategy is strategy.
7. Wealth of Nations
A lot of people do not understand the philosophical bases of our financial system, especially on a macro-economics scale, which is precisely what Smith lays out. Smith not only championed the free market, but also worried that too much power to the corporations would lead to abuse of the individual.
6. Getting Things Done:
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Allen’s approach in Getting Things Done has taken on a life of its own on the internet, with millions of users believing his success and his system.
5. How to Win Friends and Influence People
Published 75 years ago. It has been sold in millions of copies over the years and has been the most popular and influential self-help books of all time. Still remains important to these days.
4. The E-Myth Revisited:
Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
It is a well known fact that a huge percentage of small businesses never really get off the ground, and Gerber’s work looks at where most of them fail.
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Book “7 Habits” was published in 1990 and has sold 10 million copies. It is a manual of both personal and professional skills, how to be a better person, and from this succeed more.
2. Good to Great:
Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
Jim Collins wrote Good to Great to analyze the difference between the good and the great in the business world, and how certain companies manage to make the transition.
1. The Innovator’s Dilemma:
The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
The author focuses on the idea of “disruptive technologies”, new waves of innovation which fundamentally change the landscape of business. Easy to read and provocative, it is a modern classic, and the best business book around.