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Five Business Books For Your Reading List

Maximum Venture Presents Six Business Books Worth Putting On Your Reading List.

Welcome to the first of our monthly list of business books. Primarily it’s a list of new books for the month that we think our readers will find interesting.

 

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Tony Robbins is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. For more than 37 years, millions of people have enjoyed the warmth, humour, and dynamic presentation of Mr Robbins’s corporate and personal development events.

Kirkus Reviews says, “Robbins’ commonsensical, relentlessly positive, often highly specific advice is both useful and inspirational…”

 

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

“Anybody who thinks the Chinese just copy or steals technology from the West should read this book and think again…” (Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP plc.Public relations)

Author Duncan Clark met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material, including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early adviser to Alibaba as well as his two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise as he tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes.

How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from both China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80 per cent market share? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions? How does the Chinese government view its rise? Will Alibaba expand farther overseas, including into the United States?

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An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey, with Matthew L Miller, Andy Fleming, and Deborah Helsing

The book starts with the observation that, “In most organizations, nearly everyone is doing a second job no one is paying them for: namely, covering their weaknesses, trying to look their best, and managing other people’s impressions of them – There may be no greater waste of a company’s resources.”

The authors break their idea for fostering change into three states:

  1. Home — You must create an environment where people feel safe enough to grow and change.
  2. Edge — Each person in your organization needs to identify what, exactly, their growing advantage is (everyone, no exceptions).
  3. Groove — You must embed practices in “the way we do things around here” that actively support and challenge people to grow–daily.

If you are interested in organizational change and have been around the block once or twice, you may have found yourself a bit disenfranchised or frustrated by how most leadership development doesn’t seem to stick; this book might be for you.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Duhigg details how people can make any job or idea more efficient and creative. Through storytelling, anecdotal examples and research, he describes how people get caught in tunnel vision, bogged in negative corporate culture and stuck in projects. For example, one of the exciting findings comes from university researchers who discover that everyday people have an uncanny ability to forecast events when they are versed in probabilistic thinking, which is the use of probabilities.

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Almost in the same vein of the popular Freakonomics, Smarter Faster Better shows how two seemingly different teams, Google and Saturday Night Live, use similar team-building plans to create a thriving workplace. There are good examples of what these successful entities do and also examples of how others fail.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

The New York Times bestselling author draws from his popular show #AskGaryVee to offer surprising, often outrageous, and imminently useful and honest answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know—and more—about navigating the new world.

#AskGaryVee reads like transcripts from the show, and that’s OK when the information being dispensed is this persuasive and accessible.

How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

“Webb has given us a great gift: she has synthesized all the advice coming out of labs around the world, filtered it for quality, and illustrated it with well-chosen examples.” —Jonathan Haidt, NYU-Stern School of Business

In Caroline Webb’s How to Have a Good Day, the 21 chapters break down the stages of having a good day into seven parts: priorities, productivity, relationships, influence, relationships, and resilience. While it’s suggested the is book is more applicable to those in desk and managerial jobs, its lessons can be applied to other jobs, and It’s a good, easy read.