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6 Business Books to Read This Autumn

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m an avid reader of business books. I just can’t get enough of them. Here’s my list of reads to take you into the Autumn.

1. ‘Time to Think' Nancy Kline

Someone I know once told me she only reads a book once she’s had three independent recommendations on it. It’s a good rule of thumb. This book was the perfect example of that. The book explores how to listen to one another better and how to cultivate the time, space and environment to think - it’s a helpful reminder, in a world where everything is connected, that some peace and quiet to focus goes a long way.

2. ‘The Phoenix Project’ Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

This book surprised me. It’s described as ‘A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win’ but it’s really a great exploration of what it takes to run an effective team and a good reminder of how useful kanban boards are. A good read whether you’re in a tech company or not.

3. ‘The Airbnb Story’ Leigh Gallagher

For anyone who has ever used Airbnb, it’s great hearing the story of how this became a real business. A good rags-to-riches story.

4. ‘Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business’ Mikkel Svane & Carlye Adler

This is all about how Zendesk, a customer service software platform that we use here at Spektrix. Some great insights in there about getting it right and getting it wrong with plenty of humanity thrown in. Probably my favourite read of the bunch.

5. ‘The Challenger Sale’ Brent Adamson & Matthew Dixon

A great analysis of the different profiles of salespeople in the world. Written by a couple of McKinsey chaps, it includes lots of good stats to demonstrate what drives good conversion.

6. ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ Angela Duckworth

This was unexpectedly inspiring. This book brings together over a decade’s worth of research to explore what makes a high-performance individual. Looking right back to childhood, through school and university, then onto people’s careers, the author identifies some interesting trends in those who have made it to the top of their career. The TED talk is well worth a watch as well.

Got any other suggestions? We’d love to hear them.