The world is your oyster. If you’re interested in getting more insights and understanding of the business world, what better way than to pick the brains of people who’ve made it. All the knowledge you need is out there, you just need to know where to start and we’ve shortlisted our five favorite books to get you on your way.
1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
The go-to for productivity – Allen teaches you how to build a system for keeping up with your emails, todos and calendar. The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items.
2. The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture by Scott Belsky
Scott Belsky wants to shine a light on the most ignored and misunderstood part of any business journey, the middle. Drawing on his experience building Behance, selling it to and leading product teams at Adobe, and working as an investor and advisor with companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, and Uber, he shares seven years' worth of crucial insights at every stage of building a business.
3. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen
If it’s good enough for Steve Jobs, it’s good enough for you. This is the only business book he had in his favorite books, and he was deeply influenced by it. It analyzes how innovation takes place, and why outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership – or worse, disappear completely.
4. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business and explains the “life beyond work” and “make a dent in the universe” philosophy behind Basecamp. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
5. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and Palantir, gives you an overview of entrepreneurship and innovation, focusing on how to build companies that create new things instead of just copying existing models. It presents a new way of thinking about innovation, that it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.