The top ten business books in May 2018

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What a fabulous line-up of books the data has surfaced this month! From gritty founder stories to investment strategies and advice on how to get the best out of your memory, I think you might find it hard to discount any of these books.

In our experience, the simplest and most effective way to choose your next read is to go with the title that sparks the most emotive response in you. You may be facing a challenge you don’t even recognize.

If you are struggling with the culture in your business, it is worth checking out our Editor’s Choice, The Culture Code. The book takes a fresh take on an old (but also very trendy) subject. Read our two-minute review here.

Happy reading!

Lost and Founder

Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

It is inspiring to see that such a new publication has made its way to the top of this month’s top ten. Lost and Founder, published only a few weeks ago, tells a start-up story that is both honest and humble. A breath of fresh air in a world of start-up books that prefer only to flaunt their shiny exterior than to delve into the hardships of their past.

Crushing It!

This is an entirely new addition to our top ten. Gary Vaynerchuk, author of 2009’s Crush It, takes a fresh look into how and why using social media platforms is intrinsic to entrepreneurial success.

The Truth Machine

Another brand new entry, The CEO Next Door uses months’ worth of research in order to prove that myths of what it takes to become a CEO are exactly that – myths.

never split the difference

Never Split the Difference was February’s number one entry, and for good reason. Former FBI hostage negotiator, Chris Voss boils down his experiences and skills learnt in the field into nine principles in the art of persuasion.


Danielle Town joins forces with her best-selling author and investor father, Phil Town, to create an innovative and simple 12-step formula for investment.

measure what matters

An instant New York Times bestseller, Measure What Matters, only published last month, is new to our list. John Doerr shows his readers how goal-setting using OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) will help launch your business to new heights.

space barons

Number seven this month is literally out of this world. Christian Davenport reveals the quest that Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Paul Allen are on to transport humans further into space than we have dared before.

Unlimited Memory

Memory is arguably one of our most valuable possessions. In this book Kevin Horsley offers his readers the tools and techniques to get the most out of this amazing ability.

big picture

We have not seen a book about the film industry in the top ten before, but this one looks great. Ben Fritz takes us through the metamorphosis of Hollywood in the 21st century to predict what the future looks like for film.

The coaching habit

In his book, Michael Bungay Stanier whittles coaching down into seven essential questions. He demonstrates that by saying less and asking more, we can become a much more effective leaders.

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