The 10 Best Business Books of 2017
If you’re into business books, you know that many of the best ones tell stories or offer perspectives that reach well beyond the world of work.
On the flip side of that, if you don’t think of yourself as a business book kind of person, you’re missing out on a lot of great reads. So maybe you don’t listen to podcasts about leadership on the treadmill at 5am before setting out for another day of leveraging synergies and moving the needle. That’s cool. I guarantee there are still loads of business books out there that you would love.
Among Bookwitty’s picks for 2017’s ten best business books, you’ll find a mix: some for general readers, a few for people seeking career advice, and a couple for the business gurus among us. We’ve curated this list based on our own favorites, taking some inspiration from both the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017 longlist and Forbes’ 10 Best Books for Entrepreneurs in 2017. Here’s a quick overview:
For the general reader
Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics and Thomas L. Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late offer lively and deliciously intelligent perspectives on the state of the world today, along with suggestions for how we all might prosper in the future.
Whether you are holding yours right now or have vowed never to own one, the iPhone has changed your life since its 2007 launch. In The One Device, Brian Merchant travels the world, bringing readers through design studios, mines, toxic waste pits, and factories, as he uncovers the iPhone’s life story.
To some people, “real life” includes the workplace, and to others, real life is what happens beyond it. Whichever perspective you take, three books on our list offer research-based advice that apply to your real life and can help you make real changes: Tasha Eurich’s Insight brings techniques to help you improve your self-awareness, Rachel O’Meara’s Pause explores how and when to gain clarity by giving yourself a break, and Vanessa Van Edwards’ Captivate helps you to read other people and create better interactions in any social situation.
For the career-advice seeker
Kathryn Minshew and Alexandra Cavoulacos’ The New Rules of Work and Seth Price and Barry Feldman’s The Road to Recognition offer tips to help you along your career path, whether you’re just starting out, changing course, or already on the way to success.
For the business guru
Granted, there’s no shortage of decision-making frameworks out there, but The Grid, by Matt Watkinson (author of The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences) offers a particularly clear, holistic, and effective one. With his guide All in, Bill Green covers 101 lessons he’s learned in his 40 years of entrepreneurship, from paperboy to startup founder to CEO of a publicly traded company.
Which business books have changed your life, have set your career on a new course, or have simply been a great read? Help the Bookwitty community decide what to read next by sharing your suggestions in the comments section below. Thanks.