Most successful business people are readers. The ones I know read five or four books every month which, in all honesty, is a lot of reading. Books are important because they keep the mind engaged and it is also a constant way to add knowledge and skills. Reading about business management, particularly, is a skill that can always be improved. Being open to new ideas is a great way to establish to your team how you are eager to work together to build something amazing.
Reading should always be diverse, meaning that as you read for entertainment, you also read for motivation and for skills. That way, you end up with an all-around balanced information pattern. In this article, we will look at five business management books you should aim to read this year as well as their prices.
Statistics for Business and Economics by Pearson
Statistics for Business and Economics, Twelfth Edition, meets today’s business students with a balance of clarity and rigour, and applications incorporated from a diverse range of industries. This classic text covers a wide variety of data collection and analysis techniques with these goals in mind: developing statistical thinking, learning to assess the credibility and value of inferences made from data, and making informed business decisions. The book can be found at Text Book Centre – Junction Mall Book store in Nairobi for KES. 6290
2. The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker.
What makes an effective executive? The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to “get the right things done.” This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mould them into results. The book can be found on Amazon for KES 1200. (Purchase Link)
3. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, PhD.
Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes” and how to apply these understandings. Dr Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behaviour has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. The book has been availed free on en eLibrary platform, so get reading! (Link)
4. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George, Peter Sims and David Gergen.
True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan. The book can be bought on Amazon for KES 5099. (Purchase Link).
5. 4D Leadership Competitive Advantage Through Vertical Leadership Development by Kogan Page
Today’s leaders need to change radically to meet the challenge of complex organizations in business landscapes that are in flux. This requires a step-change in development in three fundamental dimensions: how you do things, who you are, and how you relate to other people. 4D Leadership is what happens when this step-change in doing, being and relating takes place. When you move up to the next level of ability and sophistication in these three dimensions, you will have unlocked the fourth dimension (verticality) and you will receive a significant competitive advantage. The book can be found at Text Book Centre – Junction Mall Book store in Nairobi for KES. 3200.
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