Book Review Friday: My Top Ten Favorite Business Books

Rather than reviewing one book this week, I thought I would share my favorite business books. I get asked this question regularly, most recently when I was lecturing at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Business School earlier this week.

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I have blogged on this topic previously. However, it has been almost two years. Since that time, my list has changed. Only four of the previous ones are on the new list. However, all twenty (the previous list and this one) are excellent.

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Here are my current top ten favorites (Note: these are all Amazon affiliate links). They are listed in alphabetical order, but with no specific priority:

Again, I purposely did not include any Thomas Nelson books. I don’t want to get into the politics of why I included one author and not another. As I said previously, I read everything by John C. Maxwell. He is my friend and my mentor, and I highly recommend anything he has written. If you are new to his work, start with The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

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  • Barbara Taylor

    A few more to add…

    Rework – by Jason Fried
    Do the Work – by Steven Pressfield
    Linchpin – by Seth Godin

    Thanks again for the free copy of the Heath brother’s new book, Decisive — I am reading it now.

  • Jeff

    The Servant by James Hunter and Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute. Both take a look at what allows a leader to look within himself so that he might see others more clearly and lead with greater understanding.

  • cragg326

    Change or Die is one of the best books I have read. I am in mental health and have used it with many teams as a change agent. Not so much business minded, more like team building.

  • John Simon

    Great list though I would love to add Peter Church’s book Added Value-the life stories of Indian business leaders. Amazing insight on some truly inspirational people. The book is an excellent primer for anyone seeking to do business.

  • Dean OBryan

    The Integrated Life, Ken Eldred. Integrating faith and business in real, practical and profound ways.

  • Tommy Bowman

    Great By Choice by Collins, Start With Why by Sinek, The Advantage by Lencioni, Multipliers by Wiseman = My Power 4

  • John Detlefs

    Zen and the Art of Leadership was a good one for me. Great list with some of my favorites on it!

  • David Lartey

    Just starting out in the business world and a little far from western books but I almost always have Getting Things Done by David Allen with me – I am still learning to live the book’s advice. And though I have not read any of Seth Godin’s book, I read his blog regularly.

  • Annette

    Nice list. My favorite kindle book is
    Blogging For Smarties Blogging For Authors and Speakers by Yvonne Wu . Great book for beginners who are using WordPress. Blogging for Smarties has how to’s, strategies and solutions that meet the needs of Authors and Speakers.

  • Luke Perkins

    Would you add or remove anything from this list in 2014, Michael?

  • Fanaticus

    Any books by VitalSmarts: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, Change Anything

  • Jake Olson

    are any of these particularly well suited to audiobook listening?

  • Mohit Sawhney

    I think I love authors more than books. I end up reading everything from an author if I’m able to make a connect with him, like John Maxwell, Robin Sharma, Malcolm Gladwell…. Anyway, here’s my favorites list:
    1. Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan
    2. 7 Habits by Stephen Covey
    3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
    4. Greatness Guide 1 and 2 by Robin Sharma
    5. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
    6. Biography of Steve Jobs
    7. Richard Branson’s Biography
    8. Strengths Finder 2.0
    9. Politically IN-correct guide to Parenting by Nigel Latta
    10. 4 Obsessions of Exraordinary Executives by Patrick Lencioni