Summer is a great time to schedule yourself some time off – even if it’s to catch up on industry news or read a new business book. Recharging your emotional battery and finding new inspiration is a great way to re-energize yourself to grow your business in the second half of the year.
If your book list is empty or you have a few Audible credits left over after all your business traveling, here are seven of the industry’s most recommended business books of the year that align with what we do here at The Growth Coach.
How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb
Webb shows readers how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience to transform the quality of everyday life, both at work at home. This book aligns with much of what we tell our clients – like having the right mindset, maintaining balance, setting priorities – with Webb’s findings. Inc. Magazine recommended this book in their 10 Must-Read Business Books for 2016 article.
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
You’re getting things done… but are you happy? Is your life full of great relationships, peace, balance and confidence? In business – especially startups – sometimes our ‘first things’ really aren’t first. This book looks at how you can change your mindset and align your life. Insights by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business recommended this book for their alumni entrepreneurs.
Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
Everyone has heard about the magical workplace of Google, but even if you can’t provide gourmet meals or allow employees to bring their dogs to work, there are ways you can improve company culture and attract great talent. Business.com named this one a top 10 book for 2016.
Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein
Transforming an industry sometimes comes down to finding, fostering, encouraging and supporting and even sometimes letting go – of talented people. How they deal with talent makes them organization builders and superbosses. Inc. Magazine recommended this book in their 10 Must-Read Business Books for 2016 article.
Ted Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
Done right, a short talk can be a lightning rod for inspiration, excitement, empathy, knowledge and more. But how can you turn five minutes into something memorable and powerful? Forbes Recommended this book in their Must Read Business Books for 2016 article.
Originals by Adam Grant
How do you recognize a good idea? And how do you fight for that idea without being silenced? This book looks at history and examines sports, business and entertainment to see how we can recognize and foster originality. This was on the NY Times Best Seller list earlier this year.
Sprint by Jake Knapp, Josh Zeratsky and Braden Knowitz
Go behind-the-scenes of some of the country’s most interesting startups and see how they overcome difficult challenges. This book is a practical guide to answering business questions and is applicable to companies of any size. Forbes Recommended this book in their Must Read Business Books for 2016 article.