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Here is a summary of some of the best business books
on the market.
1. The Art of Deliberate Success
In The Art of Deliberate Success, David Keane illustrates
the ways in which people can become successful. While
working with some of the world s most successful people
for more than two decades, Keane discovered that real
success is not a product of luck, wealth, hard work, or
even talent. It is a direct result of living by choice, not
by chance---and anyone can achieve it.
Using the word "deliberate" as an acronym, Keane
reveals the ten key aspects of professional and personal
success that the most successful people live by.
2. Life at the Speed of Passion
All people experience setbacks in life. Unmet expectations,
unexpected failures, and unfulfilled goals can all cause
an individual to lose sight of his or her true passion---
or prevent it from ever being found.
In Life at the Speed of Passion, businesswoman and
entrepreneur Eve Wright shares advice on how to find
and pursue a passion and a purpose in life. Using her
own life experience and the stories of others, Wright
teaches individuals to put aside others expectations---
and their own self-imposed limits---and to take a "leap
of faith" outside of their comfort zones.
This leap is not careless; it involves creating a vision,
planning, persistence through failure, a positive attitude,
and networking with key people. What lies on the other
side of that leap (or many leaps) is a fulfilling and empow-
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Dale Carnegie s How to Win Friends & Influence
People is the premier business how-to book. Its title is
an apt description of the subject matter---interpersonal
relationships. This revised edition aims to teach people
how to be likeable and respected and how to alter the
behavior of others in mutually beneficial ways.
The aphorism about catching more flies with honey
than vinegar is at the core of Carnegie s time-tested
philosophy. The book s many anecdotes illustrate situ-
ations in sales, managing employees, dealing with bosses,
parenting, and marriages.
4. Your Brain at Work
The modern workforce is made up of increasing num-
bers of knowledge professionals: people employed to
solve problems, make decisions, and be creative. These
people can benefit greatly by understanding the brain s
workings and the techniques that enhance its efficiency.
In Your Brain at Work, David Rock explains why the
brain can feel overburdened, why certain situations
hinder focus, how insight can be gained more easily, and
how to maximise mental assets.
Using the examples of two professionals who go about
their daily tasks, Rock sets up scenarios where cerebral
limitations result in poor performance. He then describes
the neurological workings behind each scenario and rec-
ommends mental techniques to achieve better results,
repeating the scenario to illustrate the benefit of these
5. Extreme Productivity
Robert C Pozen
Aimed at executives and business professionals,
Extreme Productivity is an instruction manual for people
who wish to get more done in their days, weeks, careers,
Robert C Pozen teaches the pitfalls, secrets, and short-
cuts everyone should know in order to lead more pro-
6. The Power of Understanding People
While healthy, communicative relationships are the
key to personal and professional success, few people
know how to build them. In The Power of Understanding
People, Dave Mitchell proposes that the secret to forging
long-lasting relationships is the ability to understand
and fulfill the intrinsic needs of others.
Mitchell demonstrates that people can be understood
through their interactive styles. He provides readers a
detailed guide to successfully working with each of the
four main interactive styles to achieve increased sales,
customer satisfaction, and enduring friendships.
7. What Your Boss Really Wants from You
Many people have negative relationships with their
bosses. This negativity can have a profoundly negative
effect on these employees careers and overall happiness.
Employees who can decipher what makes their bosses
tick can ensure more positive relationships.
In What Your Boss Really Wants from You, Steve
Arneson explores ways that employees can learn to
understand their bosses motivations and get to the heart
of why they treat their employees the way they do.
Once employees have this knowledge, they can imple-
ment effective courses of action that can turn around
even the most negative circumstances, leading to more
pleasant work experiences.
8. Performance-Based Project Management
Glen B Alleman
Project failures are a common occurrence regardless
of a project s size. From a botched residential kitchen
remodel to HealthCare.gov s disastrous rollout, even
seasoned project managers may fall victim to delays,
budget overruns, unassessed risks, and quality and per-
In Performance-Based Project Management, Glen B
Alleman attributes project failure to not knowing what
"done" looks like. As a result, he shows project managers
how to lay a foundation that identifies the business
capabilities that must be produced and the mission needs
that have to be accomplished to reach a state of "done."
Alleman introduces principles, practices, and governing
processes---and provides examples---to explain and illus-
trate his concepts and help readers improve their project
completion success rates.
9. HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers
Many managers are left out of their companies larger
conversations because they cannot speak the language
of finance. The HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers
provides managers of all backgrounds with the terms,
tools, and decision-making techniques essential to mas-
tering the fundamentals of finance. Through the book s
collection of articles, managers learn how to use finance
basics to strengthen their units, organisations, and careers.
10. Time Management
Time is a precious asset that cannot be reclaimed.
Once it is used, it is gone forever. These days, many
people find themselves stressed and feeling out of control
from never having enough time to do what they should
and want to do.
Author Brian Tracy claims it is not a lack of time but
rather the mismanagement of time that causes these
issues. In Time Management, Tracy provides insights
about the consequences of mismanaging time as well
as practical techniques that anyone can learn and master
in order to gain control over their time and achieve both
professional and personal success.
Top business books
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