In March of 2021, I asked my LinkedIn network for business book recommendations. (I specifically asked for The E Myth, Traction, and Start with Why NOT be added to this list as I wanted to branch out). Here are the books that were recommended, in no specific order:
NOTE: A quick reflection on the list and a couple of helpful links for another book list & tools are below!
When, by Dan Pink
Pre-Suasion, by Robert Cialdini
I Am, by Howard Flaco
A Brief History Of Mankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
Creating, by Eric Maisel
The Pumpkin Plan, by Mike Michalowicz
Profit First, by Mike Michalowicz
Clockwork, by Mike Michalowicz
Never Split The Difference, by Chris Voss
Creativity Inc., by Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull
Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Growing Your Business, by Mark LeBlanc
How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen, by Steve Sims
Colorfull: Competitive Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent of Color, by Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
The Myth, The Magic, The Math, by Bruce Nelson
The Nine Lies About Work, by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
Procrastinate on Purpose, by Rory Vaden
Post Corona, by Scott Galloway
Customers Included, by Mark Hurst
Made to Stick, by Chip Heath
Jesus: CEO Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, by Laurie Beth Jones
New to Big, by Christina Wallace and David Kidder
Future Good, by Trista Harris
As I reflect on this list, I am saddened by the lack of diversity as well as the fact that most female authors have a male's name beside them. I am not saying these authors are bad, or they do not deserve to be recommended! My only observation is that this list is too narrow for my liking.
I will be asking for a new list soon to specifically highlight authors who are not well represented on this list...Be watching for Book List 2.0 in the weeks to come!
Here is a list of 55 Influential Books from Business Insider that I enjoyed.
If you are looking for a personal development book as a business owner, here is a taste of one from a recent blog I wrote.
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