The 100 Best Business Books of 2015
6 Months 6 Figures by Peter Voogd. A great motivational book that will show you how you can maximize your income and create an ideal lifestyle.
13 Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin. This book discuss Mental strength and how developing mental toughness is a skill that can improve our performance in every area of life.
A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer. A fun book about meeting new people, learning new things and, well staying curious about the world around you.
A Work in Progress: A Memoir by Connor Franta. A Work in Progress gives your standard run-of-the-mill advice on being yourself, accepting who you are, and shows how Connor did that throughout his teenage years, just like everyone else does.
Above the Line by Urban Meyer, Wayne Coffey. This book taught a lot about life and how to live your life on and off the field. This book doesn't just shows how it is to be a winning coach or football, it shows how to be a winning man. It teaches to be above the line in all walks of life.
Activate your Brain by Scott G. Halford. A complex information about how the brain functions into easy-to-understand strategies and tools people can activate to transform how they operate at work and in life.
America's Bank by Roger Lowenstein. Mr. Lowenstein presents the decade-long political struggle to re-introduce a federal bank, something that Europeans take for granted but one that was lacking in America for most of its existence.
America's Bitter Pill by Steven Brill. This book goes beyond political parties to discuss the failures and successes of the new healthcare system.
Are You Fully Charged by Tom Rath. An inspirational book on whay we should stop pursuing happiness and focus on the people that matters most.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Basically all the good advise you have ever heard on becoming a productive creative person all in one book. A creative living guide to life by following your happiness.
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed. The author holds forth on the harmful consequences of disregarding and scuppering failure instead of learning and leveraging from them.
Bold by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today’s exponential entrepreneur’s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools.
Boss Life by Paul Downs. An interesting insight into what goes into small business owners' day to day lives.
Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi. This book details the step by step tactics any business can use to build an audience before building the product with strategy.
Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier. With this book, you'll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.
Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper. Popper writes well and has gotten his hands on a lot of personal details which combined make for several compelling narratives that make up the yarn of how Bitcoin has gotten to where it is today.
Disrupt yourself by Whitney Johnson. A very useful and pertinent book to helping people find their niche.
Do Over Jon Acuff. Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.
Elon Musk: Tesla SpaceX and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance. Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.
Red Notice by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. The authors of this book take it a step further, successfully using the knowledge that helped them overcome enormously difficult tasks in combat situations and interpreting that knowledge for us in a civilian setting.
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Phema Chodron. Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown—in ourselves and in the world—and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose.
Flashpoints: The Emerging crisis in Europe by George Friedman. Deep understanding of the roots of European conflicts of the the last 500 years of its history.
Friend & Foe by Adam Galinsky. This book applies cutting-edge science to real-life situations faced by people pursuing their careers and their dreams.
Future Crimes by Marc Goodman. The book is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly it will empower readers to protect themselves against looming technological threats before it's too late.
Get Backed by Evan Baehr. Fun and easy read that inspires while also providing concrete advice on raising money to start a business.
Get What's yours by Laurence J. Kotlikoff. A short book on the ins and outs of social security and it is a must-read for anyone wanting to correctly understand what they are eligible for in terms of social security benefits, and when to apply for those benefits.
God's Bankers by Gerald Posner. A detailed and comprehensively researched look at the long history of the Vatican banking system.
Good Profit by Charles G. Koch. The Book explains that good profit is created by creating value for customers using a lot of examples from his experience and free market literature.
Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval. A read filled with inspiring stories of people going beyond what they thought possible for themselves, ultimately achieving their goals and more.
Happy Habits by Vicki Morris. The book explains how we can energize our life with just a few small changes.
How to make a living with your writing by Joanna Penn.This book covers the various ways writers can make a living through their craft.
I Know How she does it by Laura Vanderkam. A very practical approach to finding more hours in your week, as well as focusing your time in terms of weeks rather than days to help you look at the overall time you're spending with family vs. work.
Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer. The Author takes on the "feel good" leadership industry for prescribing a "feel good" approach to how leaders should act, rather than taking a hard look at how leaders actually act, and how leaders can be effective.
Lean Out by Elissa Shevinsky. This collection of essays includes personal stories, academic analysis, and proposed solutions addressing sexism and lack of diversity in the tech industry.
Leave your mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media by Aliza Licht. A book about career advice, branding, social media, PR & communications & professional etiquette all rolled into one
Life is Good: The Book by Bert and John Jacobs. This book is a wonderful discussion on the important things in life and how to apply them on a daily basis.
Living well Spending Less by Ruth Soukop. A great read and a book that encourages you to do more with your life while not guilting you into it. It leads the reader towards the "good life."
Losing the signal by Jacquie McNish. The authors tell the story of visionary engineer, Mike Lazaridis, and an abrasive Harvard Business school graduate, Jim Balsillie. Together they engineered a pioneering packet email device that became the tool of choice for business executives.
Louder than words by Todd Henry. A unique perspective on how we can find our voice in the midst of a noisy world.
Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo. This book talks about the whole history of Yahoo, from the beginning of the company to the present status. It discuss how Yahoo came into the industry, made a huge profit and gained a place in the Internet world. It also discusses about how the CEO's of Yahoo played their role, decision they made, path they choose which led Yahoo to greater heights and at the same time its downfall.
Meaningful: The story of ideas that fly by Bernadette Jiwa. Building a meaningful business is all about understanding customers – their perspective and what they expect from you. By directly consulting customers you can produce a product that makes a difference and build a compelling story around it.
Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking by Richerd E. Nisbett. The author translates psychological research into practical advice that will help the reader to better evaluate situations and to make better decisions
Misbehaving: The making of behavioral economics by Richard H. Thaler. It’s a summary of the main findings, a history of how they came about and a preview of coming attractions, with due care taken to pay tribute to those who came before Thaler and apportion credit to those who worked with him.
Most Likely to Succeed by Tony Wagner. A clook at a stagnant, under-performing American education system, one that stunts critical thinking in children and burdens them with unbearable debt. An informative guide that offers practical teaching methods, implementable locally, to change this system.
Move your bus by Ron Clark. The Author talks about many of the same principles that have proven to be effective in the classroom and school setting that can also be applied to the workplace
Other People's Money by John Kay. A book that focusses on first principles and structural causes than on fictionalizing key events / personalities of 2008 financial crisis.
People over profit by Dale Partridge. A book for those who want insights into how a company CAN be run, and directional insights for building ethics in a company.
Phishing for pools by George A. Akerlof. An excellent book on the subject of how institutions and industries use the 'levers' of human biases and frailties to motivate or otherwise convince people to act against their own best interests.
Postcapitalism by Paul Mason. The book tells the stories of how we came to this point and, not less important, gives us some clues of what might be ahead of us in the near future.
Reclaiming conversation by Sherry Turkle.Turkle's book is a call to a more embodied, human life, and a warning of what we will lose if we don't choose to change our relationships with our smartphones.
Red Notice by Bill Browder. Browder glimpsed the heart of darkness, and it transformed his life: he embarked on an unrelenting quest for justice in Sergei's name, exposing the towering cover-up that leads right up to Putin.
Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang. Rejection Proof helped give readers some practical ways to conquer some of that lingering fear of rejection while also entertaining people with Jia's incredible and inspiring story.
Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy by Joseph E. Stiglitz. by A book about The United States Bills itself and how it affects the American economy today.
Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin. This book is really good for young professionals starting out. Walks you through percentages of what you should be spending your money on which is helpful to make sure you aren't overspending in one area
Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford. Deeply unsettling vision of the future where automation and machine learning replace a greater percentage of the human workforce, causing a mass reduction in employment and a reduced role in consumption.
Rising Strong by Brene' Brown. The Author tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.
Sam Phillips: The Man who invented Rock N' Roll by Peter Guralnick. A great biography of the founder of Sun Records. It follows Phillips from his small town roots, through his early days as a Memphis radio announcer/DJ, engineer and promoter.
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, not the Few by Robert B. Reich. The Author does an amazing job of presenting the facts and reality of the economic situation of the United States.
Serial Winner by Larry Weidel. Very clear explanations and easy steps to follow in order to attain success and reach your goals.
Simple Rules by Donald Sull, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Simple rules are shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information. A real world application of this is the battle field and emergency room triage systems.
Stand Out by Dorie Clark .Very useful as an exercise for freelancers, entrepreneurs, or those in business who want to make a dent in the world
Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal.In this book, McChrystal shows not only how the military made that transition, but also how similar shifts are possible in all organizations, from large companies to startups to charities to governments.
The Achivement Habit by Bernard Roth. The author gives several ideas to cultivate achievement habit by doing several exercises.
The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki. The Author deliver valuable, actionable tips that will help you succeed in bringing value to your followers and making meaningful connections online.
The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki. This book contains many useful information on how to start a company, it's a MUST for everyone who wants to start something.
The Automatic Customer by John Warillow. A simple step-by-step guide for building an online subscription based business that are designed to fit nearly any kind of industry. The goal of the book is to teach you the fundamentals of recurring revenue, how to attract automatic customers, ways to market subscription products, and the statistics you need to measure results.
The best place to work by Ron Friedman. Friedman discusses exposes exactly why employees are as dissatisfied with their jobs as they are, and how easily companies could alleviate that dissatisfaction if only they'd make small investments.
The Crossroads of Should and must by Elle Luna. The Author uses her artists' palette and inspiring words to draw a plum line between all of the shoulds and obligations in our lives and the musts that drive our dreams and passions.
The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker. Author Mark Schatzker attempts to answer the questions, Why is so much of the human brain devoted to the discernment of flavour, and why, with ever more access to fresh foods and diet schemes are we getting fatter and fatter?
The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson. Globalization, the acceleration of technology, entrepreneurship, digital disruption and thriving in extremistan. This should be mandatory reading for parents & teens considering their next step.
The evolution of everything by Matt Ridley. The premise is that just about everything changes (and improves) by evolution in a bottom-up manner, rather than top-down by the action of somebody on high (such as God, the president, or anybody with power), including the universe, living things, morality and technology.
The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner. The Author writes honestly about why it matters that we make time for ourselves and offers some very practical ideas for how to carve out that time in the fringe hours of our days.
The Heart led Leader by Tommy Spaulding. Full of motivational short stories that really provided insight on leadership.
The Introvert Entepreneur by Beth Beulow. A good summary of the unique strengths of introverts, and how they can use these qualities to become successful entrepreneurs.
The Mater Algorithm by Pedro Domingos.edro The Author looks at machine learning and describes the possible impact of machine learning on society and provides a survey for layman of major methods used in machine learning .
The Monopolists by Mary Pilon. A wonderfully told account of the origins of Monopoly, the economic and political beliefs behind its creation, and how it spread - without leaving a trace of the woman who came up with the idea and the board.
The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber. The book gives lots of practical tips, interviews, and stories from families that have tried different methods to make your kids
value work and spend their money wisely.
The Road to Character by David Brooks. The Author approach draws from the lives of a cross section of thinkers, leaders, and parents weaving a tapestry of a moral and a meaningful life.
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes. This book is the next step in helping people learn that greatness is something we all have within us, but there are area that need to be taken to discover that greatness
The Silo Effect by Gillian Tet. The book provides us with real world examples of the role of organizational silos in triggering the global financial crisis. The book illustrates new opportunities for people and businesses who are able to think outside silos. T
The Song Machine by John Seabrook. The Song Machine purports to have the inside story on why contemporary songs are addictive and how they're created that way. In reality it is more of a history of how music has come to be created the way it is.
The Steal like an Artist Journal by Austin Kleon. Recommended if you need some assistance being creative or collecting inspiration from your environment. The author even suggests you make your own journal and keep collecting things at the end.
The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb. An outstanding job of explaining brain chemistry, physical connections between parts of the brain, and actions depression sufferers can take to fix both as they work toward mental health.
Triggers: Creating Behavior that lasts-Becoming the person you want to be by Marshall Goldsmith.Written in an engaging and easy style - Goldsmith asks the reader to consider who and how he or she wants to be in the world, and shares the strategies he has used with corporate clients to help them reach their goals.
Unfinished Business: WOmen Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter. An intelligent and well-balanced discussion on work/life balance.
Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Thomas Sowell. The book brilliantly addresses many of the modern preconceptions and propaganda in subjects of prosperity, poverty, politics, inequality, race/class conflicts and such things, all with sound logic and indepth observations in the excitement of realization and understanding, even while providing very fascinating historical & geographical cases.
What to do when its your turn (and its always your turn) by Seth Godin. Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know "what to do when it's your turn" in life.
Who gets what and why by Alvin E. Roth. An insightful voyage into the economics behind many of the hidden markets in our lives from kidney transplants to college admission and even the hours of your local farmer's market.
Why We Work by Barry Schwartz. Schwartz explains how our comprehension and attitudes toward work have been shaped and distorted throughout history. He interprets the reasons for working which extend beyond simply making money to pay for bills and stuff.
Work Rules by Laszlo Bock. A superb book about making work happier, better, and more productive that should be read by everyone who works in an organization of any size.
You Win the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon, Mike Smith. The Author's great perspective on the little things that can make a big difference in a locker room.
You're never weird on the internet (Almost) : A Memoir by Felicia day. A funny, honest, and surprisingly brave book.
Zillow Talk by Spencer Rascoff. A great real estate book that can help sellers and brokers in dealing with prospective buyers.
15 Secrets Successful People know about Time Management by Kevin Kruse. The Author has given us an excellent guide to help get organized and get more done in the time we have.
Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. Better Than Before is all about our daily habits and how we can improve them. Rubin describes habits as "the invisible architecture" of our life.
Steal the Show by Michael Port. The book talks about how to give a great performance in almost any situation.
Works Well with Others by Ross McCammon. A very rare that a business book could be entertaining. A truly funny but inspirational as well.
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