10 Best Business Books From 2014

In today’s hectic business environment, very few people read books. Nonetheless, it’s a practice that shapes personalities and defines people’s entrepreneurship style. Reading is an excellent way of learning, although very few titles can actually make us think and act differently.  Whether we’re talking about biographies of famous leaders or about step-by-step guides to achieve success, the following 10 business books must be included on your literary portfolio for 2015.

  1. “Creativity Inc.” by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Ed Catmull’s “Creativity Inc.” is an excellent book for creative, innovative business entrepreneurs. Together with Amy Wallace, the author has included lots of Steve Jobs quotes and Pixar anecdotes meant to help readers thrive at what they do using their imagination. Do you have what it takes to become an excellent leader? Because if you don’t, “Creativity Inc.” will help you become one.

  1. “A More Beautiful Question”, by Warren Berger

Innovation expert and avid journalist Warren Berger, talks about the importance of questions in the business environment. In “A More Beautiful Question” he stresses out the importance of questions over answers. Simply put, this book teaches readers how to become excellent questioners and thus take their business to new heights.

  1. “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz

One of Silicon Valley’s most experienced and respected entrepreneurs, Ben Horowitz, offers incredible tips for business aficionados in his latest “The Hard Thing About Hard Things”; he provides advice on how to build and run a start-up, but he also focuses on solving difficult issues that often materialize in the world of corporate capitalism.

  1. “Rookie Smarts” by Liz Wiseman

They say that age makes people wiser, but in leadership maturity ruins an individual’s willingness to change. How can one compete with powerful companies like Airbnb and Uber? Wiseman teaches us to foster a state of mind that is hungry, naïve, even a bit oblivious but always ready to read and adapt. “Rookie Smarts” is a book about thinking young and staying competitive.

  1. “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown’s “Essentialism” is a book about getting things done fast without struggling too much. It is centered on doing what’s right and appropriate for your wellbeing. The author doesn’t provide productivity techniques or management strategies in his book; he talks about prioritizing and discerning what can really make us attain success.

  1. “How The World Sees You” by Sally Hogshead

Most books about business focus on improving and changing current methods and strategies to attract customers. Sally Hogshead’s “How The World Sees You” is about figuring out what makes your business innovative. What’s so special about your brand? Find the unique aspects of your business, promote them like a mad person, and drive your company to success.

  1. “The Soft Edge” by Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard is a well-known Forbes publisher, and in his latest book “The Soft Edge”, he talks about the 5 “soft edge” cultures, namely: smarts, trust, taste, teams and story. He further explores the importance of trust between employees, customers and companies. In business, success is attained only if you have excellent execution skills, so his book is a must-read if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur.

  1. “A Bigger Prize” by Margaret Heffeman

Margaret Heffeman’s latest book, “A Bigger Prize”, is all about understanding the great value of winning a competition. In business, the key to success is to play tough and dress to impress. If you can work hard and compete in the race of becoming the best, then you have the highest chances of thriving as an entrepreneur.

  1. “Fewer, Bigger, Bolder” by Sanjay Khosla & Mohanbir Sawhney

Authors of “Fewer, Bigger, Bolder”, Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney argue that the smartest way of driving growth is to concentrate and not focus on expansion. The authors emphasize that great success comes from narrowing your present options and work with what you have now. The ingenious business book is actually a 7-step program meant to help organizations sharpen their focus.

  1. “Powers of Two” by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk’s “Powers of Two” is a book about partnerships. The author talks about some of the greatest collaborations in history, from Lennon and McCartney to Wozniak and Steve Jobs, in the hopes of making the reader understand that success in business can’t be achieve alone. One needs a partner to guide him to great achievements.

By Edward Francis and LoveReading.co.uk

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