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7 Business Books to get hands on right now

February 20, 2020

7 Business Books to get hands on right now

Reading is an essential habit which is recommended by entrepreneurs and successful people to develop in early stages of life.

There should be a balance between reading and experiencing.

As much as you read, you also need to implement key lessons from the books in everyday life.

Here is the list of business books which will give you insights of many start-ups, help you think clearly, strategize your business carefully and knowledge about the ongoing situation in the world and why is it where it is today.

1. Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

Founders at Work: Stories of Start-ups Early Days includes collective interviews of start-up founders of famous technology companies.

Jessica Levingston’s main aim to write this book was to know what happened in the beginning of their venture and how start-ups convinced investors to make them fund their business.

What happened when they had nothing but just an idea?

The famous founders include Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail).

Key takeaway:

Founders are always pumped up to do better than others.

2. The 22 immutable Laws of Marketing by AI Ries and Jack Trout

The well- renowned marketing consultants in the world has written this book to make people understand the most important laws and foundation of marketing to do successful marketing in the world.

They have explained the law of leadership, the law of focus, the law of perspective to the law of resources.

Key Takeaway:

If you can’t be the first to disrupt the market, create a new category

3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don’t: Jim Collins

Jim Collins explains why some companies succeed to their highest level and why some companies fail.

The author tackles the question as to “How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?”

He and his team did a thorough research on good 100 companies, the best and the failures.

This book gives you a great strategic insight to handling management in a business.

Key Takeaway:

To get the right people on the bus.

4.  Art of Profitability: Adrian Slywotzky

This book contains 23 lessons on how business can generate greater profits.
The Art of Profitability is not your typical business book as it is written as a tale.
This book gives insights on different business models and how they generated profit.
Key takeaway:

Always do math yourself. Too many people take numbers from unreliable sources.

5. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The prime focus of this book is to not predict the Black Swan events but to build strength and problem-solving ability to tackle the negative events.

The book is divided into four parts and is a story which goes from literary to scientific to mathematics subjects.

Key Takeaway:

“The illusion of understanding, or how everyone thinks he knows what is going on in a world that is more complicated (or random) than they realize”

6. The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith

Adam Smith has written a seminal book which explains the birth of a free market economics.

The wealth of nations book tries to explain that the economics is our livelihood and that it depends upon individual choices, freedom, responsibilities and liberty. 4

Key Takeaway:

One of the primary concepts is to generate more output with the same amount of inputs.

7. First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

If you want to become a better manager, this book is a must read.

Both Buckingham and Coffman have given meaningful and practical advice on how an individual can become a better manager every day.

What this book gets across people is how great managers are not afraid to take risks and follow the path led to them by the companies.

This in-depth research of managers by authors tells us how managers focus on hiring the best talent, how they set expectations for their employees, how they build people’s strengths and how they develop people

Key Takeaway:

Great managers spend most of their time with their best people.

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