Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/3/19

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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 several lists of the best books from 2018 as well as Michael McKinney’s look at January 2019 releases.

From the Economist: The Economist’s books of the year

“They are about corruption, blood, slavery, survivalism, espionage and a drifting second-world-war veteran.”

From Bill Gates: 5 books I loved in 2018

“If you’re like me, you love giving—or getting!—books during the holidays. A great read is the perfect gift: thoughtful and easy to wrap (with no batteries or assembly required). Plus, I think everyone could use a few more books in their lives. I usually don’t consider whether something would make a good present when I’m putting together my end of year book list—but this year’s selections are highly giftable.”

From Greg Satell: The 2018 Digital Tonto Reading List

“every year I publish a list of books I have read and included in my articles. While I try to faithfully convey the insights I come across, there’s nothing quite like exploring for yourself. Also, not everything of value is directly quotable, so there are many books that I do not include in my articles, but you may find helpful. Here’s this year’s list. I hope you enjoy it!”

From Michael Wade: 2018: A Few Books I Found Myself Recommending to Friends

From the London Business School: 9 great reads for the festive break

“LBS faculty recommend essential books for the holidays and beyond.”

From Ryan Holiday: The (Very) Best Books I Read in 2018

“This list is now 125,000+ people, which means I hear pretty quickly when a recommendation has landed well. I promise you—you can’t go wrong with any of these.”

The calendar has turned to 2019 and so must we. Here’s a look ahead.

From Michael McKinney: Leadership Books for Release in January 2019

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 Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.

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