Business Book List 1.0

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!


Non-Business specific:

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



Business Specific:


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!



  • 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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Hello - I'm Amy, a small business coach and owner of Amy Lynne Coaching. I love to help small business owners, freelancers, and soloentrepreneurs (especially those in service-based industries) reach their dreams. While I am located in the capital city of St. Paul, MN, I work with people all over the world thanks to the magic of the internet. Thank you for stopping by!


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