Top 5 Business Books of All Time

What’s a good book you can recommend?  Who hasn’t asked or been asked about a good book?  Every once in a while I Google “The Top 10 Books on Business” or “The Top 10  Books on Management,” etc…  After spending the last few years reading everything I could get my hands on, I have my own recommendations.

This is the “stranded on a deserted island” -OR- “if your life/career depended on it” type question — If I had only 5 books I could read or If I had to recommend 5 books to a person just starting out in a new career or business, what would they be?

Well, here is my must have Top 5 Business Books of All Time:

  1. In Search of Excellence – Thomas J. Peters
    Gives you 8 principles that successful companies have lived by.
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
    A positive and practical approach to dealing with people.
  3. Good to Great – Jim Collins
    How some companies are able to achieve that final push to greatness.
  4. Rework – Jason Fried
    The “bible” for my current company. Great, almost irrational thinking for running your business.
  5. Customer Mania – Ken Blanchard
    A blueprint for running your business, creating your vision, values, HWWT principles, etc..

Honorable mention:

  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencione
  • The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker
  • The Heart of Change – John Kotter
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  • How to Be Like Coach Wooden – Pat Williams

Read those books and you’ll be ready for most anything that your job throws at you.  Then read the next 100 on the Forbes list or PersonalMBA or US News.  I know, you’ll never get there.  My last tidbit is to read: The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen.  It will help you sort through your impossible reading list.


About Tom Brauch

Love your family. Serve others. Try your best. Make friendship a fine art. Drink deeply from good books. Make each day your masterpiece. Give thanks for your blessings. Master your emotions. Accept responsibility. Reject passivity. Lead courageously. Don't hold onto things. Play hard. Work with passion. Put integrity first. Laugh at the world. Persist until you succeed. Act now. Refine.
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