Business Books to Read for a Productive Summer
Lying on the beach, lounging on the porch, sitting by the pool – many of your favorite summer activities present the perfect opportunity to catch up on some summer reading. And if you’re interested in becoming smarter about business, this summer is the perfect summer to do some entrepreneurial reading, because a lot of recent releases are highly-rated and useful for professionals. Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a short summer reading list for you to embark on for a productive, business-savvy summer.
Work Rules! – Laszlo Bock
The author of this book became the senior vice president of People Operations at Google almost ten years ago, meaning he has truly gotten to experience the company at its peak growth periods. When he started, Google employed just 6,000 people – now, there are more than 60,000 people working for the company that has been called the ‘best place to work’ time and time again. What does Google do to make its employees love their jobs so much? Bock gives us the inside scoop, insights which will, according to its title, ‘Transform how you Live and Lead.’
Straight to Hell– John LeFevre
Perhaps you’ve heard of LeFevre’s famous Twitter account, Goldman Sachs Elevator, on which he points out things “heard in the Goldman Sachs elevators (Wall Street)” to highlight the callous attitudes that pervade big banks. He’s a former Citigroup bond trader, so he’s seen it all, and his book is a satirical/autobiographical expansion upon that. Giving this a read is one way to make sure you keep your attitude in check, no matter where you work or what you make.
Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance
You might know Elon Musk as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, but he’s much more than just a businessperson. He’s a man with a vision to change the world, to prevent the human race from causing a self-implosion. Written by a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter, Ashlee Vance wrote this book about Musk to capture his leadership, determination, and relatability. Musk is just like the rest of us, and his companies are what happen when we acknowledge that our dreams can become reality.
Clay Water Brick – Jessica Jackley
Perhaps you’ve heard of Kiva – Jessica Jackley’s brainchild website where people with entrepreneurial ideas can receive microloans to create a business and rise above poverty. Jackley reflects upon her experiences developing Kiva in 2005 in her book Clay Water Brick and explain how the business model – one that has raised $709 million in loans for poor entrepreneurs,98.7% of which are repaid back – came to be.