When you sit down to read a book about business, you want to feel it was time well-spent. But with so many business books about, how do you know which will really help?
In order to help, we’ve complied a reading list for entrepreneurs with our recommendations and favoured books both by and for entrepreneurs. We’ve judged these books by their content so you don’t have to judge them by their cover:
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries isn’t just for startups. Its principles can be applied in any business. It’s about learning what works and discarding what doesn’t.
- The Trusted Advisor by David Meister speaks to building authority and trust in your business relationships, especially when it comes to clients.
- REWORK by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson is recognised for changing the way you think about management and the workplace. It’s been called ‘the antithesis of what you’ll hear in business school.’
- Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister fills you in on creating an ideal workplace environment based on research instead of trends.
- The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki provides practical advice on every step of starting a business from the brand evangelist himself.
- Good to Great by Jim Collins is liked for its bus analogy which asks you to consider who you want on the ‘bus’ with you.
- Blink by Malcom Gladwell discusses decision-making, focusing on the instant judgement calls, which are so common for entrepreneurs.
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace, great minds from Pixar productions, offers advice on inspiration and creativity.
After you’ve tackled these works, remember to keep going and pass on your own recommendations. After all, everyone wants to benefit from the wisdom of our published peers and predecessors.
(Hat tip to Sebastien Wiertz for the photo)