Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the savvy businessperson in your life? Seeking a "treat yourself" business book for light reading over the holidays? Check out our top business book recommendations for 2016!
Here at Routledge we've rounded up a collection of our top-rated business books. We're here to help you stay connected to the latest challenges facing the business world.
Click through to find the best picks for motivational general business, management and leadership, marketing, and IT management readers!
by Lisa Bodell
Ever daydream about how much time you could save by attending fewer meetings? Why Simple Wins is the book for you, filled with anecdotes, questionnaires, and easy-to-follow advice, author Lisa Bodell is plowing a path towards a simpler workplace. See why The Huffington Post founder and New York Times bestselling author Arianna Huffington says "Lisa Bodell shows that simplification can be the competitive advantage of our time, helping us to be more innovative, more adaptable, and better positioned to thrive and truly have an impact."
"There are two ways to achieve simplicity: ignorance and elegance. Lisa Bodell empowers us to move toward the elegant, delivering practical tools for reducing time wasted on low-value tasks so we can free up energy for innovative thinking." –Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of New York Times bestselling Originals and Give and Take
by Mason Donovan
Who doesn't crave more work-life balance nowadays? Author Mason Donovan's The Golden Apple is here with refreshing tips on how to live better by working better. As an added bonus, he proves that work-life balance is a path towards a happier, more diverse, and ultimately more competitive workplace. Filled with practical takeaways on how to bridge the gap between awareness and action, this book provides ways to immediately achieve what had previously felt impossible.
"Donovan's approach to achieving personal and work-life presence really hit home for me as a busy working mom. he provides excellent advice on how to promote this in your company culture so you and your employees benefit." –Jennifer Wilga, chief revenue officer of MediaRadar
by Judith E. Glaser
Conversations are not what we think they are—the complexities behind conversations can sink or swim a business. If you're curious about how to tap into your conversational intelligence to become more successful in life, Conversational Intelligence is the book to pick up! Every businessperson will benefit from author Judith E. Glaser's thoughtful incorporation of practical tips stemming from cutting-edge neurological research.
“Before you can persuade others, you need to know how to listen and how to communicate. With the best of intentions, we can fall back into patterns and old habits that are less than ideal—it’s just the way we’re wired. Conversational Intelligence builds on the fundamental science of communication to help you achieve more attunement with others. If you’re not getting the results you want, maybe it’s time to give your 'C-IQ' a boost.” –Daniel H. Pink, author of New York Times bestselling Drive and To Sell Is Human
by G. Shawn Hunter
Struggling to stay afloat in a world where there is no such thing as being offline or having downtime? Tap into author G. Shawn Hunter's 12 easily-implemented tips on how to survive in our accelerating economy. From simply taking care of our rest and exercise to building our self-confidence and embracing challenges, Small Acts of Leadership will guide you through a series of incremental steps you can take to build a stronger version of yourself and make a broader impact in the world.
"Engrossing and compelling. Shawn shows how anyone can step up and quietly take the lead with small, intentional acts each day." –Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author of New York Times bestselling Quiet
by Richard A. Moran
The thing about work is that we love it, we hate it, we need it, we miss it, we measure ourselves by it—we are addicted to it. And now, more than ever, every businessperson could use a guide to the changing workplace environment. See how author Richard A. Moran's The Thing About Work helps the businessperson in your life master the little questions about workplace that haunt us all, ranging from how late is late to what is that foreign object growing in the refrigerator?
"Warning: after reading The Thing About Work you might be tempted to replace your onboarding program with this book. [...]This entertaining and truth-packed book should be required reading for anyone trying to thrive—and find deep satisfaction—in today's ambiguous, rapidly changing, and sometimes brutal workplace." –Stuart Kaplan, head of business leadership recruiting at Google
by Daina Middleton
Let's face it: gender inequality still exists in the workplace. Take this opportunity to give the businesswoman in your life the gift of Grace Meets Grit, author Daina Middleton's book on how women should optimize leadership behaviors by embracing innate qualities. With a few easy-to-follow steps, Middleton shows women how to anticipate and apply leadership behaviors expected of their male counterparts to level the playing field.
"A must-read for [...] leaders in any industry who are serious about upping their game and effectively leading in today's talent marketplace." –Monica Pool Knox, head of global talent management at Microsoft
by W. Brad Johnson and David Smith
With "leaning in" as the new de rigeur, male mentors are scrambling to find new ways to support the female workforce. Evidence consistently shows that women face more barriers in securing mentorships than men, and when they do find a mentor, they may reap a narrower range of both career and psychological benefits. Athena Rising is a book for men about how to mentor women deliberately and effectively.
"Athena Rising reminds us that when men lean in for equality, we all benefit. Brad Johnson and David Smith have written a powerful and practical guide for men on the steps that will make a big difference for organizations and for women." –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Founder of LeanIn.Org, author of New York Times bestselling Lean In
by Heather Pemberton Levy
Think of the last great article you read or the last great speech you heard. Chances are, if you remember one key message, you also remember one compelling story. That's because the best content starts with a story. Author Heather Pemberton Levy proves the success of the Story Comes First strategy along with practical tips on how to harness the power of storytelling to appeal to your audience. Brand, Meet Story contains the kind of real-life knowledge that benefits every reader, regardless of whether you're building a personal or a corporate brand.
"A powerful blend of practical advice and insightful examples, Brand, Meet Story provides PR, marketing, and agency professionals with a useful guide for creating compelling, actionable, and sharable content for the digital age." –Andrew Spender, group vice president of corporate communications at Gartner
by Martha Heller
Remember when IT was a mainframe that sat in some room and only a few people had a key? Nowadays IT is changing so rapidly that most IT organizations haven't found time to comfortably integrate with the rest of the company. Though interviews with over 60 CIOs, author Martha Heller has distilled the top 10 habits of the most successful CIOs thriving in the ever-changing IT landscape. Be the Business is the book for every savvy IT manager navigating the technology-belongs-to-everyone climate.
"In the new digital landscape, IT is no longer a support function about the business; it is a fundamental building block of the business. This requires CIOs and their colleagues to reconstruct the IT function top to bottom, and Be the Business provides a wealth of good ideas for how to do so." –Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm and Zone to Win
by Mark Settle
They don't teach real-world IT in school. Truth From the Trenchespasses on the hard-won leadership lessons that seven-time CIO Mark Settle gained over years of working in IT management. Settle describes the key constituencies that an IT leader needs to influence, seduce, leverage, and manage to be successful. His practical recommendations will allow readers to improve their organizational impact and accelerate their career advancement.
"Truth from the Trenches is a no-nonsense blueprint for building and managing effective IT teams. Mark's experience as a seven-time CIO across multiple industries makes this a must-read for aspiring IT leaders." –Chad Moss, vice president of global information technology at IHS Markit
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