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The Best Business Books I’ve Read In 2018 (SO FAR)

By July 10, 2018 No Comments

Leaders learn.

I have yet to meet a successful executive who didn’t make it a regular practice to discover new ideasinsights and data that could move her organization forward.

I have yet to meet a successful executive who didn’t actively seek out the knowledgeperspective and advice he needed to become a more effective leader of others.

Of the many ways great leaders learn and grow, the most common through reading.

Fortunately, today, there are more great books to choose from than ever before. So, to help you find the book you need to read (next), I wanted to share three of the best ones that I’ve read this year…

My Favorite Business Books Of 2018

1. Powerful: Building A Culture Of Freedom & Responsibility

Patty McCord

McCord, the first “Chief People Officer” at Netflix, shares a colorful, play-by-play account of early days at this tech juggernaut. Even more, she describes the thought-process behind many of the pioneering policies that Netflix has introduced (e.g. unlimited time off; no expense reports, etc.) A great read for anyone looking to create a more engaged, high-performing culture.

2. Principles: Life And Work

Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio is a very smart guy. His company, Bridgewater Associates, has returned nearly $50B to his investors — more than any other hedge fund manager in history. In this book, Dalio pulls back the curtain to reveal the foundational principles upon which his success has been based. This book is long, but I’ve been reading in pieces over the year and it’s proven an endless well of wisdom and a great model for any leader who hopes to build an enduring legacy.

3. The Ideal Team Player: How To Recognize And Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues 

Patrick Lencioni

If you could build a team, or organization, centered around only three core values…what would they be? In this fable, Patrick Lencioni chronicles the struggle of a new CEO faced with rebuilding a company, and culture, in the middle of a huge project. We have a front-row seat as the company leaders discover and debate the virtues of the most valuable men and women of the organization. In the end, they find three that are most important. What are they? You’ll have to read to find out… 🙂

BONUS: Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Brene Brown

This is not a business book, per se, but it’s worth mentioning among the titles listed above. In this book Brown, a research professor made famous by her work on vulnerability, explains the human need for belonging — and how that need affects our attitudes and performance at both work and home. Before reading this, I under-appreciated the importance of belonging. I won’t make that mistake again. This is a must read — not just for executives, but for moms, dads, husbands and wives, as well.

Other Recommendations

So, that’s my list. What’s on yours?

Please share, in the comment section below, with me your favorite book (so far) in 2018. Like you, I am always looking for something good to read.

Ben Sands

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