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Top 10 Business Books

As a reminder, this top ten list is compiled entirely from the data we gather from sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Audible and Google Books about the books that readers determine are top, based on bestsellers and reviews. Because of this, the results are always a surprise to us too, and can act as somewhat of a cultural barometer. So, what does it tell us this month?

You are in a reflective mood, suggested by the popularity of books like Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, Michael Hyatt’s Living Forward and Ray Dalio’s Principles. Perhaps this is not entirely surprising as we approach the end of the year, but one does wonder if some of the world’s most recent tragedies have had an impact.

I can honestly say I would never have anticipated seeing a book about ‘DevOps’ in the top ten … but it’s here. Check out The Phoenix Project if you are interested (or simply want to know what DevOps means). The book is originally published in 2013, so I wonder if it hints at a need for some clarity around the technology developments that are almost impossible for businesses to keep pace with.


#1
side hustle

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

This new release is a practical guide to getting a business from an idea to reality. At first we were sceptical about it – thinking it might be yet another 'get rich quick' guide that's just too good to be true. But Chris is legit. An NYT bestselling author many times over, the reviews of Chris's latest book are extremely positive. We're going to give this one a read, so keep an eye out for our review on the blog.

Rating: 4.7


#2
never split the difference

If you want to 'be the smartest person in the room' when it comes to negotiating at work or at home, this is the book for you. With these stories and insights from a former FBI agent and hostage negotiator, this promises to be a compelling (and valuable) read.

Rating: 4.7


#3
barking up the wrong tree

Described by one reviewer as 'an irresistible recipe for living a better life'. The book is filled with anecdotes and statistics which promise to help you take the guesswork out of success and start living the life you want.

Rating: 4.7


#4
Principles

Published this month, Principlesis written by entrepreneur and investor Ray Dalio. Dalio uses the lessons learned through his own businesses to share his set of 'rules' for success, underpinned by what he refers to as 'radical truth' and 'radical transparency'.

Rating: 4.6


#5
I can't make this up

A funny, poignant memoir about survival and believing in yourself. This is a 'business book' with a difference. If you want to be entertained and learn something along the way, check out I Can't Make This Up.

Rating: 4.5


#6
the-phoenix-project

Read this and you'll never look at IT in the same way again. Told in an engaging, accessible style, this book tries to shed light on IT in the same way Goldratt's The Goal did for manufacturing. It is a couple of years old so might feel dated if you're technical.

Rating: 4.5


#7
Living Forward

If you want practical advice on how to live a life that is more meaningful, you need to have a plan. Write down your goals, focus on things that matter. Don't be afraid to say no. Find this and other advice in Michael Hyatt's latest book

Rating: 4.4


#8
code of the extraordinary mind

Like many that have gone before, The Code promises to give you the 'laws' that will give you the key to unconventional thinking – and permission to challenge traditional notions of everything from love and happiness to education. An NYT bestseller worth taking a look at.

Rating: 4.4


#9
Gifts of Imperfection

We are big fans of Brene Brown, so were thrilled to see this bestseller from 2010 make it on to this month's list. If you aspire to wake up every day free of the pressure of expectation (no matter where it comes from), feeling 'I am enough' ... read this.

Rating: 4.4


#10
boomerang

Although published in 2012, this book gives incredible insight into financial bubbles in the USA and beyond, and is still relevant today. If we need a reminder of how everything went so wrong, this is it. And in true Michael Lewis style, the story is told in a compelling and often humorous way.

Rating: 4.3


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