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7 new business books you must read this fall

John Brandon | Oct. 9, 2015
If you’re looking for some required reading, start with this curated list of the latest theories on leadership, management and success.

Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing 

4. We-Commerce: How to Create, Collaborate, and Succeed in the Sharing Economy – Billee Howard 

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Every business leader in the world was touched by the economic crisis of 2008. That formed a collective consciousness around what caused the collapse. Many of those lessons are well-known, and many of them are documented in this book about strategic collaboration. Marketing strategist Billee Howard uses example of how companies have learned from the meltdown and from failure, from Google to Whole Foods, as a lesson for everyone. 

Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Perigee Books

5. Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes – But Some Do – Matthew Syed 

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A black box in an airplane reveals what went wrong during a flight. Companies can do the same when it comes to problems that arise in their field. Toyota, the aviation market, the medical field, and many others all serve as examples of how companies have learned from failures – or didn’t learn from them and kept repeating them. For business leaders, Black Box Thinking provides an excellent recipe for learning from failure rather than just trying to avoid it. 

Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Portfolio

6. Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much – Tony Crabbe

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That slight “buzz” we feel from working hard all day could be hurting productivity. We’re addicted to feeling busy, checking our phones constantly and clicking through emails. Yet, as business psychologist Tony Crabbe explains in his groundbreaking book, it’s better to manage your attention and priorities rather than just manage your time. At its core, the book advises business leaders to learn how to focus and avoid the myth of multitasking. 

Length: 369 pages
Publisher: Piatkus

7. Reclaiming Conversations: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age – Sherry Turkle

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 There’s a problem plaguing society right now, and it has infiltrated our offices as well. As Sherry Turkle explains in her compelling book, we show up at meetings and immediately pull out phones and tablets. We use a technique called “phubbing” and barely pay attention to someone as we surf or check email. The book is a treatise on how to get back into a dialogue with people and exchange ideas. 

Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press

 

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