Book recommendations for business leaders: 12/28/17

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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 lists of the best books of 2017. There are two lists from individuals and two collections of pointers to many other lists.

We’ll start with Michael McKinney’s list of The Best Leadership Books of 2017. I always scan Michael’s list for ideas about what to read and, at year-end, to see if I missed anything important.

From David Heinemeier Hansson: The books I read in 2017

“Last year about this time I extracted all my answers to our monthly Basecamp check-in question of What are you reading? So I thought I’d do the same again. These are the books I read in 2017, as I presented them to the rest of the company:”

From Thu-Huong Ha: The best books of 2017, if you combine 21 “best books of 2017” lists

“Best-books-of-the-year lists are a way for editors to promote the books they loved the most, but it’s easy to forget such lists are subjective. One way to get a view of what the industry thinks as a whole is to look at the lists in aggregate. That’s why we combined 21 of 2017’s best-books roundups into one master list.”

From Bruce Rosenstein: 17 Books of the Year Lists for 2017

“If it’s really the most wonderful time of the year, one reason must be the publication of so many books of the year lists. As in past years, I have collected and curated some of the most informative lists for my year-end post. The amount and quality of these books is breathtaking. And it’s safe to say that many other noteworthy books did not make these lists, but are still worthy of attention. Here are 17 of the top lists, business-focused and otherwise, for 2017:”

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

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Moshe Chayon   |   02 Jan 2018   |   Reply

I never check the bestseller listings. I start reading and listing to podcasts, that gives me a list so big I’ll never get to all of the books I want to read.

Wally Bock   |   03 Jan 2018   |   Reply

Thanks for sharing that, Moshe.