The best business books 📚

Browse the best books on business as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design

Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design

By Lisa Welchman

Why this book?

You might not think of excitement when you hear the words “Digital Governance” but I can assure you that this book is a real page-turner…especially if your job involves managing large-scale information messes. There is a special kind of chaos that only information and knowledge workers can understand and this book paints a picture so many of us have seen in practice but in a way that leaves the reader inspired to fight another day, instead of wallowing in a sea of information-induced self-pity.

I recommend this book because I have seen too many information architecture efforts die on the…

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The best books for becoming a stronger sensemaker

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Book cover of I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave

I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave

By Clint Pulver

Why this book?

Trust is, indeed, the emotion of business but it’s also just a starting point. The endpoint is by contrast to be delayed as long as possible, as retaining workers is best achieved by making them feel appreciated and given respect and a fair degree of autonomy. Great leaders can follow this recipe whether in business, the non-profit sector, or beyond.

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The best books on the heart of leaders when democracy is at risk

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Book cover of Work Less, Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love

Work Less, Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love

By James Schramko

Why this book?

James is one of my friends and mentors and when he speaks, I listen. He has the rare ability to condense decades of wisdom into a handful of principles & strategies that anybody can use to quickly increase their income. Most of the book contains simple, common-sense strategies that will have you nodding your head and then scratching it, wondering how you didn’t think of doing it that way before. Reading this book was also a personal revelation for me because it inspired me to write my first book and even inspired the title.

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The best books to kick you into high gear

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Book cover of The Art of Profitability

The Art of Profitability

By Adrian Slywotzky

Why this book?

This book came by recommendation from Jonathan Siegel, the brains and brawn behind Xenon Partners, a private equity firm that I joined in 2018. This book summarizes several profit models presented by a fictional mentor coaching a business executive. It’s clever, poignant, and was helpful to me in thinking about other profitable business models. For example, in my side-hustle life, I use the Profit-Multiplier Model: running multiple small SaaS businesses in parallel using the same tech stack (make money off the same good or skill in different markets).

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The best books on how to start a side hustle

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Book cover of The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

By Guy Kawasaki, Lindsey Filby

Why this book?

As the subtitle says, there are few people who have the experience and expertise to write “The time-tested, battle-hardened guide for anyone starting anything.” Guy Kawasaki brings the right blend of easy-to-understand brand and business advice mixed with a foundation of ethics and generosity. If you only want one startup book in your library, this is the one.

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The best books to build a business worth running

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Book cover of The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Confidence and Certainty

The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Confidence and Certainty

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Hewitt

Why this book?

The bottom line is that the people who focus on what they want, not what they don’t want, achieve their goals and even accelerate the achievement of their goals. So many times we have limiting beliefs (things we don’t want to happen) that get our focus and that is the wrong thing to focus on. No matter what you want in business or in life, the power of focus will help you get there. This book helps you to focus on your strengths and eliminate what holds you back from getting to where you ultimately want to go. It can…

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The best books to catapult your business and your life

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