1. ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’ – by Ben Horowitz
He Writes, “Hard things are hard because there are no easy answers or recipes,” he writes. “They are hard because your emotions are at odds with your logic. They are hard because you don’t know the answer and you cannot ask for help without showing weakness.”
2. ‘Winning: The Ultimate Business How-To Book’ – by Jack Welch
Welch shared the history of the experience in his “Jack: Straight From the Gut.” But his follow-up book “Winning” makes the list because it reveals Welch’s approach to management and careers, from dealing with a bad boss to landing promotions to executive decision making.
3. ‘#GIRLBOSS’ – by Sophia Amoruso
Discussing her life before Nasty Gal, she writes: “What all of these jobs taught me is that you have to be willing to tolerate some shit you don’t like — at least for a while. This is what my parents’ generation would call ‘character building,’ but I prefer to call it ‘#GIRLBOSS training.’ I didn’t expect to love any of these jobs, but I learned a lot because I worked hard and grew to love things about them.”
4. ‘Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy’ – by Bill Gates’
“The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competition, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd, is to do an outstanding job with information,” he writes. “How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.”
5. ‘Pour Your Heart into It : How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time’ – by Howard Schultz
He unpacks he method in his 1999 memoir.
“People want guidance, not rhetoric,” Schultz writes. “They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it.”
6. ‘Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business’ – by Danny Meyer
As CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, Meyer has made New York his culinary domain, with the classy Union Square Cafe, the legendary Gramercy Tavern, and the perpetually queued Shake Shack all under his stead, among others. In “Setting the Table,” the exec sets out his philosophy of “enlightened hospitality.”
“Service is the technical delivery of a product,” he writes. “Hospitality is how the delivery of that product makes its recipient feel.”
7. ‘The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change’ – by Adam Braun
“I realized that I needed to live a life that reflected the themes of the stories I wanted to one day tell,” Braun writes, “and when I veered off that path later on, it was time to make a change.”
He wants the reader to follow a similarly individual path. “Your life should be a story you are excited to tell,” he writes.
8. ‘Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went From Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur’ – by Ryan Blair
In this book, he outlines the unconventional experiences that led to him founding his first company at age 21 and subsequently becoming a multimillionaire.
It’s an inspirational read for anyone questioning whether he’s got what it takes to be successful. As Blair writes, “You are stronger than whatever circumstances you’re facing. Remember that with the proper mind-set, potential is the one power you always have, and the mind-set that propelled me forward came from having nothing to lose.”
9. ‘Who: The A Method of Hiring’
The authors of this book, the CEO and managing partner at GhSmart, say the average hiring mistake costs a company a whopping $1.5 million a year. That’s why they spent time interviewing more than 300 CEOs to generate a more efficient and effective method of hiring.
In the book, they explain why hiring based on intuition doesn’t work, and why companies should instead take a more systematic approach to finding ‘A’ candidates.
10. ‘The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?’ – by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
As the authors write: “In our world, no idea is rejected, ignored, or forgotten because the audience is too small. In our world, people know how to convince others of the things that really matter. … In our ideal world, everyone has a chance to get heard.”
This story was first published in Business Insider.