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Anchoring its core ideas in psychology and human behaviour, Simon Sinek’s book "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" teaches us that outstanding leaders and organisations achieve a disproportionate degree of influence by following the principles of the “Golden Circle”.
Every now and then, you pick up a book which offer such a compelling new idea that you simply cannot put down. "The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing" by Lisa Gansky is one such title.
if you are interested in the rise of Asia's startup scene and how trends are shaping entrepreneurship in those countries, there's no better book you can pick up than "Startup Asia: Top Strategies for Cashing in on Asia's Innovation Boom", authored by journalist and Forbes contributor Rebecca Fannin.
Boost Juice founder Janine Allis pens her entrepreneurial journey in the book "The Secrets of My Success: The Story of Boost Juice, Juicy Bits and All", where she distills that experience into 30 business and leadership tips she calls her ‘recipes for success’.
Part self-help book, part management manual, "The Mindful Marketer" by Lisa Nirell is packed with practical and useful advice for senior marketers of all stripes. Drawing wisdom from diverse sources – Buddhism, organisational behaviour, psychology, digital marketing and much more – it covers the breadth and depth of scenarios in the working life of a marketer.
"The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life" despite its title doesn't quite exhort everyone to ditch their current jobs and turn their latent passions into money-making endeavors. Author Kimberly Palmer, does, however, promote the idea of "side-gigging".
The selection of books on business seems limitless, but entrepreneurs can pay special attention to those that offer a spark of entrepreneurial spirit. Inspiration, innovation, management, leadership, and more are all addressed in these books.
Leading business information architect and IT entrepreneur Pekka A. Viljakainen's book "No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age" looks at how business leaders can attract and harness Digital Cowboys, essentially the crème de la crème of a new generation of digital natives, in order to future-proof their organizations.
"The 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them" offers 51 key reasons why many businesses fall flat on their faces, and is chockful of rather harsh business lessons that will lead you, the business owner, to plenty of soul-searching.
Sales have plateaued, your employees are griping, customers are unhappy and you have no idea what is going wrong. Yes, your company sucks and you're at your wits' end. It's time for some self-reflection, and the book "Your Company Sucks: It's Time to Declare War on Yourself" may be able to help you find out what's wrong.
Richard Keith Latman saw his startup company Microworkz go from the brink of tremendous success to being shut down, have himself enter personal bankruptcy and his personal life destroyed. He chronicles that experience and the aftermath in the book "The Good Fail: Entrepreneurial Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Microworkz".
"The World's Richest Man: Carlos Slim In His Own Words" gives a look into the mind of a modern yet elusive business icon - the first non-American to breach the list of the world's wealthiest people - and the empire he has created.
"The Lean Startup" is an invaluable resource for anybody charged with starting a new business venture - be they entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. By embracing the philosophy of thinking big and starting small coupled with a meticulous step-by-step analysis of what went right or wrong, startups can improve their chances of success.
"Gamification by Design" by gamification expert and chair of the Gamification Summit Gabe Zimmerman, and entrepreneur and veteran technologist Christopher Cunningham, is targeted at more than just games or application designers. If you are a brand marketer, a user experience architect or even a client-facing suit from a creative agency, understanding the concepts within will make you that much better a professional in your own space.