10 Business Books You Must Read This Summer
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Look, you can take your vacation out of the office this summer … but you can’t really take the office out of you. You should definitely make sure that you are enjoying your time away from everyday life, but even while you are relaxing, there may be a way to keep fit and maybe even have a brainstorming or two about the future of your business.
If a western or spy thriller is your thing for laid-back summer reading, then go for it. But if you have the time to read a book or two this season that could shed light on your future business, we humbly recommend these 10 books that can help you approach your profession in a whole new way. You can even pick up each of these books at Barnes and Noble.
Few companies are as countercultural as Vans, and this autobiography shows that Rise of one of America’s truly iconic shoe brandsas told by the guy who did it. Paul Van Doren leads readers through how a 16 year old boy with no college education or retail experience turned a family canvas shoe company into one of the world’s best-known global brands.
In the five years since its release, Shoe Dog has already become one of the instant Business classics from the dishwasher. In this New York Times bestseller, Nike founder Phil Knight pulls the curtain back on one of the world’s most popular brands and reveals for the first time how the normally media-shy mogul behind the Swoosh actually built the shoe titan from his humble days as a shoe seller 1963 from the trunk of his car.
Zappos started selling shoes in 1999, but soon entrepreneur Tony Hsieh had broadened his vision, selling over $ 1 billion in goods annually in less than a decade. But Hsieh didn’t do it as usual. This book examines how the son of Taiwanese immigrants used his experience of starting a worm farm to run a pizza business to ultimately adopt a very different type of corporate culture: one that increased his happiness by increasing the happiness of those around him.
As the first woman of color and first immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company, Indra Nooyi used amazingly honed strategic thinking to Become CEO and Pepsi. transform over her 12-year tenure. From her childhood in India to Yale to her time at the helm of PepsiCo, these memoirs offer a unique firsthand look at how Nooyi transformed Pepsi towards healthier products and reinvented its environmental profile while battling great adversity and resistance .
As one of the Financial Times’ 2020 business books, this first-hand report takes readers deep into the stomach of one of the most unexpected media giants of all time, Netflix. Not only does this book take advantage of the memories of co-founder Hastings, it also draws on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees to paint a fascinating picture of its successes and failures founded one of the most innovative companies in the world.
We saw all of them The social network. Now award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang weave the incredible behind-the-scenes story of the Facebook dynasty and its shocking demise. This book untangles a web of complex politics, strange rivalries and alliances and the ever-whimpering ghost of founder Mark Zuckerberg and posits the idea that Facebook’s missteps in recent years weren’t anomalies, but inevitable burned into the bedrock of a fascinated but troubled company.
How I built it: The unexpected success stories of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs by Guy Raz
Based on the popular NPR podcast, How I built this deals with the amazing true stories at the heart of some of the most influential companies in the world. As journalist and NPR host Guy Raz says, this is work shares tips from more than 200 of the world’s greatest entrepreneurswho outlines the priceless realizations, painful setbacks, and overwhelming inspiration that ultimately helped them turn a dream into a business reality.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Companies by Eric Ries
The business is full of failures – and Eric Ries speaks for it Much of it is avoidable. Here Ries lays his template for The lean startup, a new approach to entrepreneurship based on validated learning, rapid scientific experimentation and business agility that enables a company to change its plans step by step, minute by minute, avoiding those inevitable mistakes.
Musk is one of the most controversial – and most misunderstood – men in the world. Ashlee Vance captures the entire spectacle and arc of the journey that was taken from this one Tony Stark from the real world. From his South African roots and escape to the United States, to the technology vision of SpaceX, Tesla, SolarCity, and more, this book asks if Musk’s unique commitment to his science fiction vision of the future can actually be realized.
The ride of a lifetime: Lessons learned from 15 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger
When you talk about business titans, outgoing Disney CEO Robert Iger is an undisputed first-ballot hall of famer. A no. 1 New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of the year by NPR Iger’s incredible 15-year career at the helm of Disney, including the acquisitions of Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, which cemented its place as the world’s leading entertainment company. From the principles that guide his leadership to the factors that shape his decisions, this is a deep dive into what Iger Iger is all about.
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