Business books aren’t just for CEOs and entrepreneurs. 2018 delivered tons of great business books that are must-reads for everyone. If you haven’t already grabbed them, now is the time to add these books to your 2019 reading list.
With new research, engaging memoirs, and educational how-to’s, this roundup of 2018’s best business books will help you at home, at work, and everywhere in between.
Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin
Fishkin is the founder and former CEO of Moz, a $45 million a year marketing software business. And Lost and Founder is his part-memoir, part-field guide to the startup world. Reviewers have raved about its honest, warm, and humorous perspective on the tech startup world, while still offering useful advice to anyone in the field.
Lost and Founder can serve as a guidebook for any aspiring tech entrepreneur, but for those of us not in that world, it still offers a fascinating story. Fishkin paints a tech startup culture that is very different from the picture-perfect Silicon Valley image that some companies (and Hollywood) would have us believe.
Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth by John Doerr
John Doerr, investor in Google, shares his secret to success in his new business book, Measure What Matters. Doerr uses a goal-setting system called Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), where objectives are broken down into goals, each goal with measurable actions within a specific time frame. Every individual’s goals and every team’s goals are transparent and align with the overall OKRs.
In Measure What Matters, Doerr uses stories of OKR success at over 50 companies from his time as a venture capitalist to inspire and teach. You can learn the ins and outs of the OKR approach, so you can apply them to any organization of which you’re a part.
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
In The Culture Code, Coyle goes behind-the-scenes of successful groups – from SEAL Team Six, the San Antonio Spurs, and IDEO, the global design company, to figure out what makes them tick. Through his research, he identifies how people best work together and how leaders can develop a successful group culture.
Through stories and specific strategies, Coyle offers any leader insight and advice on developing a team that innovates, solves problems, and works well together. You’ll leave this book feeling empowered to transform your teams, at work and beyond.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
While not strictly for business, this is one of those personal development books that can really help us in our time-strapped, always-on business world. Pink uses research to understand how timing, the “when”, impacts outcomes and how to use that knowledge to improve our productivity and our success.
When combines research and data with engaging stories to deliver insights and practical tips on how to use timing to improve all aspects of our lives. Pink will have you rethinking your routines and working to optimize your day.
Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work by Alison Green
This is the business book that every employee needs at their desk. Alison Green, often referred to as “the Dear Abby of the work world”, shares learnings from her past ten years as a workplace-advice columnist in her new book. From being micromanaged to getting drunk at the office holiday party, Green has practical advice for those difficult conversations that need to happen in the workplace.
Ask a Manager is a must-have resource that covers over 200 scenarios, helping you stay professional while communicating effectively throughout your career.