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18 Best Business Books To Read In 2020

Wise business people share their knowledge for crazy prices. That’s the power of the printing press

Books make invaluable advice accessible for many. Imagine you were able to meet with a successful business person and write everything they said to you. That’s exactly the reason we love business books – valuable advice from people with whom a private meeting is priceless.

So if you want to do things better, differently to see results in 2020, these books are a great foundation to kickstart your plans.

This contribution was made by James Canzanella from Isolated Marketing Nights

Relentless by Tim Grover

This is one of the best books when it comes to mindset, and a proper mindset is crucial when it comes to seeing success in business. I recommend this book to any business owner who is looking to get the edge.

This contribution was made by Sheryl Green from Sheryl Green Speaks

Do Good to Do Better by Sheryl Green

Do Good to Do Better is a must read for any entrepreneur, business owner, or salesperson. According to the 2019 Porter Novelli/Cone Purpose Biometrics Study, Nearly nine-in-10 consumers (86%) say they’re likely to purchase from purpose-driven companies. Is your brand one of them? Do Good to Do Better provides detailed instructions on how to support a cause close to your heart while improving your business. Readers will learn the benefits (to the business) of standing for a cause, how to select a nonprofit to work with, the different ways you can support them, and how to maximize your marketing efforts to improve your bottom line. If you went into business to make the world a better place, this is the book that will help you do it.

This contribution was made by Kim Orlesky from KimOrlesky

Sell More. Faster. by Kim Orlesky

There is no business until there are sales and revenue. When you focus on how to get revenue, and especially a premium price for your services, everything in the business becomes much easier. Sell More. Faster. breaks down the entire sales process in a way that is easy to understand. Kim’s stories are entertaining and allow these concepts to be understood, even for someone who has never sold anything in their entire life.

This contribution was made by Shawn Johal from Elevation Coach

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss is a game-changing read. Written by the FBI’s former top hostage negotiator, the book is incredibly powerful for all levels of negotiation, whether for business or personal. So much of any negotiation involves emotional intelligence. Voss’ book helped me to understand the emotional perspective of the individual on the other side of the negotiating table. Using real-world examples, tools and techniques provided in the book has helped transform the way I’ve negotiated in business and in life in general. It’s a must-read for any business professional or entrepreneur!

This contribution was made by Jeff McLean from McLean Company

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is widely considered a classic for business owners, and for good reason. The book is a comprehensive study of successful men and their habits, and gives the reader tips and techniques to implement in their everyday lives. The book is attributed to Andrew Carnegie’s laws of success, which helped many early entrepreneurs become successful. Think and Grow Rich is a must read for any business owner.

This contribution was made by Shiyang Gong from AILaw.Inc

Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink

This book is very well written and extremely systematized in a conversational style. A good deal of time is spent conversing the ego, how respect is earned, not demanded, and how these authentic influence leadership. This book much more closely reproduces his podcast style — simple, real-world problems with simple, real-world discussion of solutions. And I feel like I’m learning by doing without having to learn the painful lessons myself. He gives the best advice that you need to hear and apply that will work.

This contribution was made by Edyta Garcia from ShipSupport

Measure What Matters by John Doerr

The book is considered a true bible by many organizations. It teaches organizations how to reach their goals by simply doing, and measuring what matters, by working more efficiently, introducing transparency and giving clear direction to every department and every individual, helping everyone in the organization work towards one goal.

This contribution was made by Reuben Yonatan from GetVoIP

Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual

Jocko is a former Navy Seal commander who writes widely about leadership. His new book is great for CEOs and leaders who are short on time but want to be as effective as possible.

This contribution was made by Jenny Chua from The World Management Pte Ltd

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great is a business book written in 2001, but the business principles are timeless. Yes, most of the companies that Jim Collins researched are not around, some even got into trouble. Given the time flame, he has to research these previously great company was not an easy task. I would still recommend this book to those who wanted to be an entrepreneur and build a successful business. Make this book a MUST READ within your company and those who are joining. You are as strong as the weakest link in your company

This contribution was made by Brogan Renshaw from Firewire Digital

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

There are many great business books out on the market – but the one that has changed the way I do business the most is – Profit First by Mike Michalowicz. The philosophy behind the book is to take the profit out of your business before paying for expenses. This may sound completely counter-intuitive to the traditional accounting (Sales – Expenses = Profit), but it does work. Michalowicz promises this accounting method will transform the business from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows. While this may be a little over the top, the system does work. I highly recommend this book to other business owners I know, it has made managing the money in the business so much less stressful. That means I can focus on growing the business rather than worrying about the day to day finances.

This contribution was made by Khris Steven from Khrisdigital

Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson

As almost every business needs more sales and customers to thrive – so they also need a means backed by great strategies to market their business the right way. This is where Dotcom Secrets book comes into play. This is a book that contains actionable strategies on how you can market and sell your products online. It’ll help anyone in business master the art of selling online, even if you have no marketing knowledge.

This contribution was made by Ollie Smith from Card Accounts

Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux

In business, being innovative is critical to continued success. ‘Reinventing Organisations’ by Frederic Laloux describes how every type of business can be transformed into a highly innovative organisation. This fantastic guide shows how a more ‘collaborative’ leadership style is the first key step in this process. By the end of this book, even the most hardened skeptic will be convinced. Everyone needs to read this book in 2020!

This contribution was made by Valerie Bowden from My SEO People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The most life-changing business book is, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s been around for a while, but the advice is needed now more than ever. I left an investment offer on the table because it wasn’t a win-win for both of us. If I wouldn’t have read the book, I would have settled for a deal that was actually terrible for me. Read this book and both your business and life will change.

This contribution was made by Melanie Musson from MyCarInsurance123

How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

The SEALs have earned the respect of pretty much everyone, and there’s a reason for that. SEAL Team 3 leaders – and authors of this book – share what they learned in training and evidenced in combat that made their team so amazing. This book is written for civilians and takes the military and combat principles and makes them appropriately helpful for the private sector.

This contribution was made by Aqsa T. from Brandnic LLC

Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life by Zig Ziglar

The book sheds all the complexity and ambiguity one has to fix goals. Most of the time, we get blurred and many times misguided to set a step by step scheme that leads us to achievements. The author Zig presented a thoughtful insight by describing practical techniques to achieve targets. He hits the mind in an excellent way by explaining the four reasons people don’t set goals. It is a thought-provoking for every reader that really, many times, we don’t set goals and why? He further emphasized that goals should be meaningful and achievable — the book guides in nine steps to how to set goals. The actions include writing down the goals, which 90% of us do not do in real life. The book also suggests that by making goals public hooks us to achievement. Zig also encourages the reader by, ”A goal properly set is halfway reached.” this book is worth reading to explore even the hidden goals that we have inside but don’t get a guideline to achieve them.

This contribution was made by Dan Edmonson from Dronegenuity

Loonshots by Safi Bahcall

Loonshots is not just your typical business book. It is also a book of science; it is the science of cultivating new ideas that have the potential to change the world for the better. The stories presented can help businesses understand how to change their company structure to encourage innovation. We have found that creating an environment that supports crazy ideas has resulted in more efficient processes, higher quality results, and a more enjoyable company culture.

This contribution was made by CJ Xia from Boster Biological Technology

Startups Grow With People by Ozan Dagdeviren

This book is for all people who have taken the first step towards entrepreneurship – started their business but have ambiguity regarding business partners, hiring and setting a universal culture code that startup needs. You will find the practical answers to all these three questions in this book. Moreover, the toolkit is also provided for culture shaping. This book proved to be none less than fruitful mentorship to me in setting and scaling up my business.

This contribution was made by Melissa Jakes from RESCUE Event Planning, LLC

Make Money Through Live Events by Melissa Jakes

Making Money Through Live Event: A Live Event Planning Workbook is a guide that will help you organize yourself to properly and prepare you for a live event, learn how to market, bring people to your live event, and how to successfully execute your live event. In this workbook, the author Melissa Jakes, will personally guide you, throughout this book, on some of my best kept secrets and skills that she has gained along the way that will help you understand the behind the scenes of event planning and how to profit from creating an epic event.

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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