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As a serial entrepreneur and keynote speaker, I find myself surrounded by hundreds of authors at the cutting edge of business writing. It’s hard to stay current on the newest books being self-published (and other methods of distribution that have become popular). So I constantly jot down titles I overhear and bookmark reviews for later. Reading as much content as possible enables me to stay on top of trends and get inspired by the best of the best.
Here are some of the business books I’m most excited about in 2019:
Success Is in Your Sphere by Zvi Band
Networking is one of the most popular business practices, but this book offers a counterintuitive alternative: Take advantage of who you already know. Just like existing customers result in more bottom-line revenue than new customers, Zvi Band argues that existing connections offer more opportunity. Success Is in Your Sphere is a comprehensive guide for how you can make the most of your existing connections and utilize those relationships for success.
The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett
Allan Gannett’s book pushes against the common idea that creativity is only possessed by a special few. Gannett uses years of research to show that the key to creative success is actually combining new ideas with familiar ones, and he offers tools for mastering the process yourself. From Broadway to Reddit, Gannett underscores how creativity lives everywhere and within everyone.
Being in touch with the emotions of those around you is key to developing strong, reliable relationships. Kerry Goyette’s guide to upping your EQ is a powerful tool for understanding how you can turn emotional skills into valuable business practices. The techniques included show you how to navigate change, find the root causes of problems and make better decisions.
Chasing the High by Michael Dash
Detailing his struggles with drugs and gambling, Michael Dash’s memoir might not sound like the average person’s life. But its message is relevant to every entrepreneur: Dash learned to swap his dangerous habits for healthy business-oriented ones, and Chasing the High traces every step of that journey. For entrepreneurs who struggle with workaholism or the need to close “just one more” deal, this book can feel both familiar and motivating.
Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader by John Rossman
There’s nothing wrong with learning from the best. Think Like Amazon is a look inside what makes one of the world’s most successful companies work the way it does. It shows how you can incorporate Amazon’s strategies into your own business, using metrics, AI, and small teams to achieve what may right now seem impossible.
Game-Time Decision Making
Coaches work in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable — rigid time constraints, managing over lots of people, constantly pressured to succeed — and yet they end up being some of the most effective leaders out there. This book is a play-by-play guide to understanding how you can take the wisdom of some of history’s greatest coaches and translate that into tangible results for you and your business.
Reading is possibly the single best way to stay on top of the conversations occurring in business today. These books can give you in-depth insights into some of the most pressing issues companies face. To stay competitive, learn from those who have been there, done that—there’s really no reason to reinvent the wheel.
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