What is your favorite business book?
It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.
Two of my favorites
Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale: Book by Paul Smith
Blue Ocean Strategy - Book by Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim
Great question Gavin. It's hard to pick only one favorite, as also the many interesting previous answers show.
My top choices by main topic would be:
Personal development, as it is key to successful business (and life) development:
The 7 habits of highly effective people - by Steven R. Covey
The Leader Who Had No Title - by Robin Sharma
Start with Why - by Simon Sinek
Think and Grow Rich - by Napoleon Hill
Focus - and - Emotional Intelligence - both by Daniel Goleman
Inspiration and lifestyle business manifesto:
The 4 Hour Work Week - by Tim Ferriss
Blueprint/step-by-step guide on how to launch your startup:
The Startup Owners Manual - by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
Launch - by Jeff Walker
Tailored for service businesses: Book Yourself Solid - by Michael Port
Improving and speeding up product-market fit:
The Lean Startup - by Eric Ries
Finding the adequate business model:
Business Model Generation - by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Building a great company that lasts:
From Good to Great - by Jim Collins
The 5th discipline - by Peter Senge
Inspiration&Mastering different crafts essential to successfully doing business:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - by Robert Kyosaki (also the Cashflow Quadrant and Before you Quit Your Job)
Influence - by Robert B. Cialdini
Never eat alone - by Keith Ferrazzi
The E-Myth revisited - by Michael E. Gerber
Rework - by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Founders at Work - by Jessica Livingston
Wish you a great time reading and getting inspired.
I have two "who moved my cheese" and "the fifth discipline"
The book I wrote of course: President Reagan's Program to Secure U.S. Leadership Indefinitely: Project Socrates. It can be downloaded at: (well here we go again, getting in our own way. The system would not allow me to include the link for you.)
Since I am not in the book selling business but rather in the business of salvaging what is left of our country, the book is free. Let me know if you want the link.
Napoleon Hill's Think and grow Rich and Bob Proctor's "You were born Rich". The best books ever written on personal development. My success is because of their teachings.
The entire Robert Kiyosaki series, however the most impactful from a business and entrepreneurial perspective is "Before you quit your job". A must read for every entrepreneur
Hello, excellent question. Mine is Sun tsu - Art of war. I believe it is the best and inspirationnal book i will ever read, regards
My fav is the EMyth by Michael Gerber. A classic for sure. I've had the pleasure of working with Michael and his understanding of the Entrepreneur's mind space is brilliant. Knowing that 3 people inhabit the mind of the entrepreneur - the technician, the manager and the entrepreneur is an eye opener. His idea is that you can't proceed to the entrepreneur without going through the phases of being the technician and manager and replacing yourself in the company allows a business person to become a true entrepreneur faster by having other people do the work.
I'm hoping someone might say the same of my new book on Amazon "How to Start a Successful Business- the First Time"
"Who Moved My Cheese?"
By Spencer Johnson