A Great Business Leader’s Book List

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If you’re an entrepreneur or senior executive of a small or medium-sized business, hopefully you’re regularly reading Inc. Magazine. If not, you should be. I rarely find an issue Inc cover 4-09 where I’m not tearing out a few articles to file. And that holds true for this month’s edition, which marks their 30th anniversary.

However, my favorite part of this month’s edition was their article entitled,The Business Owner’s Book Shelf,” subtitled, “30 books you should read and use.” Of all the book lists I’ve read over the past few years, this may be my favorite. It’s not perfect, but if you’re looking for a list of books to read, you’ll want to click here and read the article (which also gives a short paragraph about each book).

Perusing the list, my baker’s dozen of favorites would be:

1. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter Bernstein (1996)

2. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, by Guy Kawasaki (2004)

3. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson (2006)

6. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber (1995)

7. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, by Peter Drucker (1967)

8. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter Senge (1990)

9. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (1999)

15. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton Christensen (1997)

17. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up, by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham (2008)

21. Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, by Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Freiberg (1996)

22. Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy (1983)

23. On Competition, by Michael Porter (2008)

30. The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, by James Surowiecki (2004)

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