Book recommendations for business leaders: 11/15/16

Nov 15, 2016 | Reading Lists

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post I point you to reviews of The Power of Less by Leo Babauta, Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini, and Why Simple Wins by Lisa Bodell.

Marcella Bremer reviews The Power of Less: Get More Done by Leo Babauta

“That’s why Leo Babauta focused on ‘The Power of Less’ as his book is titled. Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and he moved from Guam to San Francisco in 2010, where he leads a simple life – and overcame many obstacles such as being stressed-out, overweight, in debt and a smoker… He became very successful while he created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog and best-selling books such as The Power of Less, and Zen To Done. It’s quite an achievement and that’s why he’s considered one of the leading experts on productivity and simplicity.”

Harvey Schachter reviews Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

“His purpose is to highlight how to set the stage for your selling efforts based on psychological research. ‘It’s possible to move others in our direction by saying or doing the right thing immediately before we want them to respond,’ he notes.”

Bob Morris reviews Why Simple Wins by Lisa Bodell

“In all business operations, simplicity is desirable but complexity is inevitable. Long ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes is reported to have claimed, ‘I wouldn’t give a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity but I would give my life for simplicity on the other wide of complexity.’ Presumably Albert Einstein agreed while realizing that most people did not — nor could they — fully understand the complexity of his theories about relativity. Nonetheless, he urged that everything be made ‘as simple as possible but no simpler.’ Business leaders face that challenge every day.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.