Here are some great business books for you to read: enlightening, entertaining and thought provoking! Interestingly, some people tell me that they don’t have time to read books. Really, they just don’t see the value in spending the time.
Well, I recommend you to try these and then think if the time has been well spent. I bet you will come away with some great insight and hopefully you will implement at least some of the suggested behaviours and actions that will make a difference. Try them!
TIP (By the way you don’t have to read every word on every page. If you are short of time, try reading the list of chapters then the first and last sections of each chapter and you will already have gained some knowledge of the subject. Clearly, you will need to go back and read more fully those sections that are of particular interest to you. It is surprisingly effective).
TIP (Many of these books are available on Kindle and you may be able to read them at a much reduced cost e.g. if the edition is available on Kindle Unlimited)
Tools of the Titan: Timothy Ferriss
Tim writes about performance and change in a “dip in and dip out” sort of style.
“You don’t succeed because you have no weaknesses, you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing bits around them”. I absolutely agree with this quote.
His interviews with other people and insights offer motivational and sometimes problem solving focus on self-improvement. A fascinating book that you will want to return to.
The Undoing Project: Michael Lewis
So you think decision-making is about systems and logic? Well maybe and maybe not. Michael Lewis looks at this concept through the story of two psychologists whose work discovered behavioural economics. Their touching friendship takes you through concepts in understanding this fascinating area.
Be prepared to be both entertained and enlightened. This story will stay with you.
The Coaching Habit: Michael Bungay
Most managers understand the value of coaching their employees for performance but it isn’t always something that comes naturally. This book describes an approach to coaching that is simple but effective, a method that becomes second nature at work and indeed in everyday life. The author’s insight enables you to manage and support your employees, creating useful habits that create impact. Curb the temptation to offer advice when active listening is the correct course.
Thought provoking and clear, this book offers transferable skills for every manager.
The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results: Gary Keller
Some title to live up to, this book is the antidote to the ever increasing pressures of everyday life. Our preoccupation with “busy-ness” actually leads to less productivity, stress and the feeling of being left behind.
The One Thing offers an alternative way to achieve success in all areas of life, not just work. More productivity, better lifestyle, more family time: sounds too good to be true? Well read this book and decide for yourself. I would be surprised if you don’t find it helpful.
“What’s the ONE thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
Find out how to focus on what you should do. Focus on this thing well instead of eternal plate spinning!
The Chimp Paradox
This has been a really popular book and although some of the concepts are not new, it is well written. This is a fascinating read about how our minds are shaped, how our emotions and negative self-talk act against our best interests. See if you can identify with this.
A self-help book that is easy to understand, it explains how you can see when your “chimp” is controlling you and when to use your “human brain” to push back.
This book is very helpful for introspection. It is a great help in understanding our interactions with other people, recognising when our emotions become out of control and how to take steps to change.
© copyright: Christine de Caux 2018
I have given links to Amazon UK where these titles are readily available in several formats. They can be purchased from other outlets of course.
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