We’ve compiled a list of ten recent books that are not only intended to motivate but also get you thinking about business in innovative ways. Even while you’re at the beach.
1) Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter, living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog – gapingvoid.com – and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pictures. In Ignore Everybody, MacLeod gives his readers 40 keys to making creativity go a long way.
2) SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Those companies that will thrive in the future, maintains Kanter, have stamina, energy, long lists of contacts, an appetite for communication, comfort with ambiguity, and a belief that the company's values and principles mean that they are part of something bigger than just a job. The opportune lessons within will be helpful to readers seeking to compete in a global marketplace that is changing more rapidly than ever before.
3) Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan
As social media becomes both prevalent and useful in today’s business world, it becomes more important to understand how you can positively influence the success of your company through these outlets. Chris Borgan’s Trust Agents shows how you can exploit social media while also gaining the trust of those in your online network.
4) The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick
This is the inside story of Facebook. Told with the full, exclusive cooperation of founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company's other leaders, it discusses how the way people remain connected has changed powerfully in recent times.
5) Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking bestseller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm- changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.
6) Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
In his first book, Tony Hsieh – the hip, iconoclastic, and widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – explains how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.
7) Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John C. Maxwell
The world's most respected leadership expert gives five principles and five practices for breaking the invisible barrier to leadership and personal success. In Everyone Communicates, John Maxwell shares why he believes that a person's ability to create change and results in any organization is directly tied to their ability to use the teachings of this book.
8) If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition by Grant Cardone
In the real world, not everyone gets a prize just for showing up. You either win or you lose. If you're in business during a down economy, winning means one thing: being first. If You're Not First, You're Last is your playbook for seizing the heights by boosting sales, increasing margins, and creating new opportunities despite the economy.
9) The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and Life by Meg Whitman
Is it possible to run a multibillion-dollar corporation on the power of trust? Must you set aside your authentic self as you climb the corporate ladder? Is there another role for technology beyond saving costs and creating efficiencies? In The Power of Many, Meg Whitman, former president and CEO of eBay, speaks to these questions and more, identifying ten core values that steered her—and can steer any leader—to success without ethical compromise.
10) The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood
Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives? The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in The Survivors Club. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation courses.