Far too often, many business texts tend to offer rather repetitive theories about why the economy is so unpredictable or how we can each quickly improve our management skills. Fortunately, there are some other top business books published during the last few years that can actually help you spot your most common mistakes – while also offering you creative ways to correct them and move forward.
In case you’re having any trouble deciding which books are most useful to professionals in your field, you may benefit from visiting an online bookseller’s website so you can read some of the professional and general customer reviews regarding the following business texts highly recommended by a recent Inc.com book review article.
Top 2013/2014 Books for Business Leaders Open to Improving Their Skills
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. This book looks at how we make decisions and what we can do to try and make better ones in the future. According to one website, professional reviewers praised this book as “profound,” “a tour de force,” and “a masterpiece.” In fact one college professor said, “Kahneman is the most influential psychologist since Sigmund Freud . . . he’s about to be anointed the intellectual guru of our economically irrational times;”
- Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton. In a nutshell, this author challenges all of us to avoid simply pursuing either money or happiness. He tries to explain that they are not mutually exclusive. According to the Inc.com review of this book, de Botton “claims that the savvy business person knows how to pursue both;”
- Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek.
Among other topics, this author challenges business owners to find creative ways to win their customer’s trust regarding the quality of their products or services. Yet more importantly, Sinek discusses some of the best ways to inspire employees to work hard together, fully knowing and believing that their coworkers and bosses will support them;
- Scaling Up Excellence by Sutton and Rao. According to one reviewer, these authors “reveal how the best leaders and teams develop, spread, and instill the right mindsets in their people -- rather than ruining or watering down the very things that have fueled successful growth in the past.” Be ready to comb through some relevant case studies and research as you make your way through this tome.
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