There are some fantastic business books due out this year. Want insight on how to be a more effective leader? Want to do more in less time? Here's my list of books that I believe should be on every entrepreneur’s to-read list.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Grant’s latest book explores the notion that being a disruptor is critical for those of us who want to improve the status quo. Using stories about athletes, politicians, entertainers and businesspeople, Grant demonstrates that a willingness to think and behave unconventionally can be an entrepreneur’s biggest asset.
Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sidney Finkelstein
Anyone who aspires to be a better leader should read this inspiring and challenging book. Finkelstein explores the way in which some leaders manage to not only achieve goals, but also to transform their entire industries by finding, fostering and setting free other leaders. It turns out that any industry can produce a superboss, but only Finkelstein has done a thorough study of this phenomenon.
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz
Billed as “a practical guide to answering critical business questions,” Sprint offers Knapp’s proven method (developed at Google) for answering questions, testing solutions and launching new initiatives. As quickly as the business world moves, it’s about time we had a new framework for rapid business solutions.
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
I’m a big fan of this sort of book, and being ready—equipping yourself to see and be ready to respond to new market conditions—is one of the guiding principles in my latest book, Surge. Kelly shares his vision for the technologies that will become indispensable in our future lives, and he explores the interconnectedness of things like virtual reality, an on-demand economy and artificial intelligence. This will likely be a riveting read for a wide range of entrepreneurs.
Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom
Consumer analysis meets cultural anthropology in this riveting new exploration of how tiny bits of information can lead to enormous breakthroughs and changes in our everyday lives. Adding a bit of balance to the current craze for big data—crunching huge quantities of information to arrive at patterns and trends—Lindstrom instead focuses on the fascinating minutiae that matters at least as much, if not more. Encouraging readers to actually look at the world around them, Lindstrom’s new book is compulsively readable and a source of fresh insight.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Psychologist Duckworth explores a topic that can be vital to entrepreneurs: what it takes to be successful. Arguing that talent isn’t the most important component of success, Duckworth travels from West Point to the National Spelling Bee in search of answers to questions about who succeeds and, conversely, who fails. This book can be an inspiring read for those of us who don’t happen to have Einstein’s IQ, as Duckworth demonstrates how it is character, rather than raw talent, that makes us successful.
Whether you’re looking for a practical, how-to guide to improve your work habits or you’re seeking an inspirational tome to invigorate your business practices, 2016 has some spectacular books on the horizon.
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