Good Reads: Business Books
Just because you can run a quick Google search whenever you need to learn something doesn't mean that books are no longer a good resource for learning. Many experts agree – take Drew Houston, the CEO for DropBox, for example. He taught himself business management simply by reading all the bestsellers in relevant Amazon categories.
Needless to say, there's a lot that can be learned from business bestsellers. If you're looking to add to your bookshelf and up your business skills, here are a few business books to consider.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
It's amazing that a book published almost eight decades ago is still making bestseller lists – but it's also a good sign! This book does exactly what it says it does: it teaches you how to win people over and make an impact. The nuances of doing so, however, may surprise you. Read this book to learn that it's not just about what you say, but how you word it, and your body language to boot.
David and Goliathby Malcom Gladwell
A more recent piece, David and Goliath is the newest book by Gladwell and it focuses on the underdogs. It's sort of like The Tortoise and the Hare for adults, explaining how the Goliaths/Hares of the world have a tendency to develop an overconfidence from receiving so much praise. Learning how to focus on your advantages as a David while learning to remain down-to-earth as a Goliath is an important business skill.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
While technically a self-help book, what is a businessman without self-improvement? This book teaches you how to manipulate your sense of perspective in order to lead a more productive life. Personal change helps a person to not only get ahead, but set a good example in a position of leadership, which are useful skills to have inside of a business setting and out.
Lean Inby Sheryl Sandberg
You've probably heard of this book by the COO of Facebook – especially considering it was, according to Google trends, the most searched-for book of last year. While it's a piece dedicated to women and the unique career obstacles they face, it's a beneficial read for any gender. While a female reader can learn how to speak up, set big goals, and recognize her supporters, a male can understand the different struggles a little better and make a conscious effort to neutralize them.
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
This book has made the bestsellers list since its release in 2007, and it's easy to see why. It's based on the StrengthsFinder test by Gallup, a tool that allows its takers to figure out what they're best at and what they require improvement upon. The book itself was written based on advice from those who were superior in each category.