10 Must Read Business Books For Your Summer

10 Must Read Business Books for Your Summer

As a follow up to my last week's article "5 Ways to Actually Unplug from Work on Your Summer Vacation," here are some must read books for that free time! I’m not a fan of fluffy beach reads, but I do enjoy using my vacation to devour a book, broaden my horizons, and learn something new. If you’re looking for a good read this summer, I highly recommend any of the ten below. These books dive deep into key subject areas of leadership, from company culture to career growth.

1. The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First by Andrew Benett

The Talent Mandate postulates that long-term progress is impossible without first creating a company culture that allows employees to thrive. In this handbook, Benett shares his thoughts on a changing business landscape, six essential strategies for success, and what he has envisioned as the “talent utopia,” a future in which every CEO will make talent a top priority.

2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

In this book, investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel tackles the motivation behind entrepreneurship. Thiel will press you to answer the questions you need to face before achieving innovation and success -- questions you likely haven’t asked yourself before, such as, “Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future?” Ultimately, Thiel encourages leaders to think for themselves in order to create something entirely new that will help shape the future.

3. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith

Triggers empowers us to finally become who we want to be. In his inspirational book, executive coach Marshall Goldsmith provides a valuable resource for behavioral change, highlighting the triggers that can impede our plans and showing us how we can best overcome them. He reminds us that we always have a choice. Throughout this book, Goldsmith outlines the six “engaging questions” that can help us take more responsibility for our reactions, reduce regret, and achieve lasting change.

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