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The Top 10 Business Books for Entrepreneurs

Written By: Sulay Shah
Edited By: Cheryl Chen

 

Many aspiring entrepreneurs may be stacked with million dollar ideas. The main issue stopping these dreams from becoming a reality is the lack of information regarding how to actually start a business. Exactly what steps should entrepreneurs follow to pursue their dreams?

Below is a list of 10 informative and enchanting books for business enthusiasts. Written by renowned entrepreneurs and business icons, these books are sure to help any aspiring entrepreneur with their journey to success.

 

  1. HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

For any entrepreneur, the most crucial and dreadful task is making and maintaining valuable contacts. This book is a must-read for those looking to improve their social networking skills and maybe even overcome their social anxiety. This 80 year old classic teaches readers how to develop, maintain, and improve your social life.

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of famous entrepreneurs up the ladder of success in both their business and personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment in this time piece of literature

 

  1. IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE

In Search of Excellence has been a “New York Times” Bestseller for over three years, showing its excellence. To discover the secrets to the art of management, the authors have studied more than 43 successful American companies. These companies specialize in a number of areas such as innovative technology, and consumer goods and services.

What Peters discovers in this book is that regardless of how different each company is, they all share eight basic principles of management. These principles can be used by anyone in pursuit of personal and corporate success. These pricicples of management are amply illustrated with anecdotes and examples from real life experiences of the world’s most prosperous companies.

 

  1. BUILT TO LAST – SUCCESSFUL HABITS OF VISIONARY COMPANIES

“This is not a book about visionary leaders, visionary products, visionary market insights or having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.” as described in the book. Jim Collins and Jerry Porras have written a groundbreaking book that shatters myths, provides new insights, and gives practical guidance to those who aim to build landmark companies that stand the test of time. 

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras studied eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies, resulting in the creation of this book. These companies have an average age of nearly one hundred years and have outperformed the general stock market by a factor of fifteen since 1926. The authors studied all eighteen companies in direct comparison to its top competitors in order to understand the factors that make businesses successful for generations to come.

 

  1. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the author presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving all personal and professional problems.

With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity. He depicts a powerful lesson in regards to personal change, describes principles that allows the security needed to adapt to change, and indicates the wisdom and power required to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

 

  1. GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE LEAP…AND OTHERS DON’T

Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identifies a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results through the barrier of time. How great? After the leap, these companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years. In comparison, these results are better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world’s greatest companies, which include Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.

 

  1. FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES: WHAT THE WORLD’S GREATEST MANAGERS DO DIFFERENTLY

In First, Break All the Rules, the author presents the remarkable findings of great managers who excelled in turning each employee’s talent into outstanding performance. These managers hold different values, styles, and goals however, they share one similar trait: they break virtually every conventional rule. They do not believe that substantial training is equivalent to exceptional results. . They do not attempt to help employees overcome their weaknesses. They disregard the golden rule. They even play favorites.

This amazing book explains how the best managers select employees for talent rather than for skills or experience. It thoroughly indicates how  expectations are set, how managers effectively motivate employees, and how leaders develop workers into outstanding assets to a business. 
Gallup’s research – based on 80,000 managers in 400 different companies – produced twelve simple questions that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from the rest. First, Break All the Rules introduces the measuring stuck that proves the distinct link between employee satisfaction and company success rates. The novel convinces readers that a company’s productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and rate of turnover is strictly related to the effectiveness of its management.

 

  1. NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS

The authors Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent near-perfect performance.

Most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, teachers, managers, and psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts of our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws. This book effectively shows the importance of embracing our strengths instead of letting them be buried by the immense pressure of our weaknesses.

 

  1. THE EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker is the favourite book of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. The measure of effectiveness of an executive is their ability to “get the right things done”. This usually involves doing what other individuals have overlooked as well as ensuring productivity. Intellect, creativity, and knowledge will be wasted in an executive job without the if they cannot be used to produce results.

Drucker identifies five practices that are essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: These practices include learning to manage time, distinguish important contributions, distribute the workforce to mobilize employees’ strengths, value the right priorities, and incorporate all practices to create effective decision making.

 

  1. THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER

For more than twenty years, millions of managers worldwide have followed The One Minute Manager’s techniques. These techniques have been proven to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. The One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands.

The book also presents several studies in behavioral science that explain why these simple methods work so well with the majority of people. By the end of the book, readers will understand how to apply these secrets to personal situations and enjoy the benefits that result from practicing these techniques.The effectiveness of The One Minute Manager justifies why this novel has continued to appear on business bestseller lists for more than two decades and has become an international sensation.

 

  1. GETTING THINGS DONE: THE ART OF STRESS-FREE PRODUCTIVITY

In the 21st century, yesterday’s methods just do not work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that has been introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country.

Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.

 

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