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Friday Five: 5 Top Influencers' Favorite Business Books

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Oct 10, 2013

In September I shared a list of 5 Business Books for the Modern-Day Entrepreneur. This month, I’ve collected a list of 5 business titles “favorited” by some of today’s most influential minds. These books have helped business leaders find success and persevere. If you’re looking for inspiration, add all of these books to your reading list!

innovators dilemma

1) The Innovator’s Dilemma

Aaron Levie, the co-founder and CEO of Box, lists The Innovator’s Dilemma as one of the most important books. In fact, Levie has dozens of copies of the book in his office, free for anyone to use and keep.

Written by Clayton M. Christensen and published in 1997, The Innovator’s Dilemma explores why businesses that do everything right still fail. In a time when innovation is key to business success, Levie’s favorite book is a must-read. It explores how following the seemingly “right” path can actually inhibit great innovation.

If innovation is something you and your organization hold in high regard, be sure to add this book to your “to read” list.


2) Influence: Science and Practice

According to Guy Kawasaki, Influence is one of those books everyone should read. Within the pages of this book, author Robert Cialdini shares secrets behind making better decisions and, in turn, becoming a better businessperson.

This book can help any businessman or -woman improve his or her decision-making skills.

built to last

3) Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Leadership has become one of the most sought-after qualities. In today’s complex world, being a strong leader is essential for business success – but it’s also extremely difficult. Technology entrepreneur, business leader and innovator Jeff Bezos lists Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies as one of his all-time favorite business books.

A book about visionary companies, Built to Last shares the secrets behind long-lasting companies, debunks myths and details how to make a company thrive and last.

tribal leadership

4) Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is arguably one of the most influential businesspeople of our time. When asked what his favorite book was in an interview with USA Today he listed Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright.

His choice makes sense, as it speaks to the power of an organization that operates as a tribe rather than a group of individuals coming together from 9 to 5.

dice man

5) The Dice Man

Richard Branson is a well-known author and leader. Branson credits The Dice Man (written by Luke Rhinehart) for heavily influencing his business approach. Being a leader doesn’t always mean taking charge and making all the decisions. Rather, author Luke Rhinehart encourages readers to hand over decisions and to “let the dice decide”.

What influencers would you like to see share their favorite books? Tell us in the comments below.

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