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5 must-read business books

5 must-read business books

The best business books provide invaluable information on improving work-related skills, but at a dime a dozen it can be hard to know which to read. To save you from sifting through them all, we've compiled a rundown of the top five that will help you get ahead.

 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

As a small business owner it can be hard to prioritise the numerous tasks that you have to complete. Rated as one of the top business books of 2013, The One Thing will help you clear away the overwhelming distractions so you can focus on what matters most to your business. Challenging widely held beliefs such as ‘multitasking is good’ and ‘success requires a disciplined life’, you’ll learn how to focus on the ‘one thing’ that will bring you real and meaningful business results.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

PayPal co-founder and best-selling author Peter Thiel takes readers on a journey into the heart of entrepreneurship. By thoroughly examining the ‘whys’ of diving into a new enterprise, this book will help you build the confidence to follow your business instincts and find your own unique value proposition in the marketplace – no competition required.

Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar

According to top salesman and renowned motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, all of us are engaging in sales all the time, but we just don't know it. Chock full of entertaining stories and real-life examples, the Secrets of Closing the Sale will provide you with the strategies and tools you need to become an expert in the art of effective persuasion and help increase your sales.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Within these pages, you will learn how an entrepreneurial kid from Illinois became the founder of the world’s most formidable shoe retailer renowned for its legendary customer service. While Hsieh is the first to admit he’s no Nabokov, he can show you how to master happiness within your organisation and encourage your employees to become brand ambassadors at every level.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins

How does a business achieve superior long-term performance? That’s exactly the question that was on author Jim Collins’ mind for years. Read this book to learn the secrets he discovered by analysing some of the top businesses in the world – and find out if your business has what it takes to get to the top and stay there. The findings may surprise you.

With any of these five great business books in hand, you're sure to find some business inspiration. Indeed, just one or two useful nuggets might be all you need to take your business to the next level.

Reading books by business experts can be a great inspirational tool, but the key to success is in your own mindset. Find out what you can to do improve your mindset and see your business grow.

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