The top ten business books in October 2018

We’ve been trying to mix it up a bit on the blog this month, giving more regular, short business book recommendation lists. So far we’ve got book recommendations to give to new employees on their first day, books to help stem anxiety about the future, and great reads you can get through in under two hours. Why not check them out, and share with anyone you think might be interested.

Of course we are pulling together some gift suggestions for the upcoming festive season, but if there are specific topics you are interested in, drop me a line at and I’ll do my best to help!

Stay curious.

Dichotomy of Leadership

Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willinck and Leif Babin

Number three last month, now jumping to first place of the top ten, this book is proving popular. In their newest book, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin show leaders how to find the balance between putting in the effort and knowing when to take the backseat. This is an interesting evolution of their first book, Extreme Ownership which for us, raised exactly that question! Learn from the very best ex-Navy SEAL leaders.

Women and money

We haven’t seen this title in the top ten before but it looks interesting… Suze Orman has tailored advice for every woman out there on how to make the most of your money. This edition has a bonus chapter on investing.

Dare to lead

Brene Brown delves into the truth about leadership and what it means to lead greatly. She takes the focus away from power and status and moves it toward responsibility, courage and curiosity. We absolutely love the sound of this.

Extreme Ownership

Moving up one place since last month is Willink and Babin’s classic. They carry ideas learnt in the US Navy SEALs over to the business world. Their incredible theories have revolutionized corporate leadership.

turbulent times

This book is the product of five decades of extensive research into US-presidential history by Doris Kearns Goodwin. She shows what leaders – aspiring and established – can learn from history.

laws of human nature

Hot off the press comes Robert Greene’s next promisingly eye-opening account of human behaviour. Building on examples from socio-political history, Greene teaches how we can use our sociable nature to its best.


This one is extremely relevant right now and we are surprised we have not seen it in the ten before. Lawrence D Burns tells the up-to-the-minute story of the development of the driverless car. Certainly a page-turner…


General Stanley McChrystal profiles 13 of the world’s most famous leaders to dispel the myths surrounding them and uncover (sometimes surprising) lessons that can be drawn from their way of leading. Worth checking out.

winners take all

It’s always refreshing to find a book that challenges the status quo. Anand Giridharadas asks hard questions about the authenticity of supposed ‘do-gooders’ of the rich and powerful. This one is sure to spark debate.

value of everything

This book centres on a topic undoubtedly at the forefront of everyone’s minds: the economy. Mariana Mazzucato shows what is wrong with its current state and suggests we rethink the meaning of value in society.

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