Earlier in the year, we shared a list of business-related books we enjoyed reading and in which we found great value. It was very well received, so we thought we’d share more of our favorites.
The following is a partial list of some of the books we’re reading in 2019:
- The Surprising Science of Meetings by Steven Rogelberg – An interesting data-driven look at the effectiveness of meetings. This book includes practical, actionable advice for improving the quality and effectiveness of your meetings. The book has an assessment to help you measure the effectiveness of your organization’s meetings.
- Be Fearless by Jean Case – A practical, example driven look at 5 guiding principles to help you advance in business: Make a big bet, take bold risks, capitalize on failure, look beyond your comfort zone, and prioritize urgency over fear. The book provides “tough love” to help you get moving.
- When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink – Pink offers a practical science-driven look at the importance of timing. The book addresses everything from the time of day you’re most effective to why projects tend to lag in the midpoint. Definitely a worthwhile read.
- The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller – The One Thing extols the virtue of relentless, narrow focus. The book uses data to show why “multi-tasking” is a myth and the importance of developing habits that foster success.
- The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity Between Father and Son by John Soforic - This book extols the virtue of a slow, plodding, time-tested approach to wealth accumulation. The book is well written and full of sage advice.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – Despite the fact that this book is 5 years old, it still is a timely read. It reveals how science relates to habit and how small changes in habits can yield surprisingly large-scale changes. The book address habits of individuals as well as how habit impacts organizations.
- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman – Wickman offers his “Entrepreneurial Operating System” for business leaders. This book was released in 2012, but has spurred a cult-like following. It addresses everything from how to hold productive meetings to tackling large-scale priorities (which he refers to as “Big Rocks.”)
We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite business books? What are your all-time favorites, and what new books have captured your attention?