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Best Business Books 2017??

Once upon a time not so long ago (well, 20 years ago), I completed an MBA.  As you may imagine, I had to crunch many business books. Once the first few were digested, they all seemed to resemble each other. I soon came to understand that gifted entrepreneurs who create value rarely stop to write a book – they are too busy getting on with business.  And the CEO’s who do write their story (think Jack Welch) are career managers often with rose-tinted spectacles (in my view at least).

A client asked me yesterday: ‘What business books would you recommend reading?”

The following books all have an interesting slant that is relevant today.  Here they are:

  1.  Tim Ferris – Tools Of Titans. Cheesy title, an absolute gem of a book with real insight.
  2. Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson – Venture Deals. If you are an entrepreneur looking for investment, this book is a must have.
  3. Nassim Taleb – Black Swan.  A classic book on uncertainty – as relevant today as when it was written.
  4. Robert Peston – How Do We Fix This Mess.  A detailed look into the 2009 financial crash and the culprits (the banks).
  5. Nassim Taleb – Fooled By Randomness.  We all think we are special and talented – but we often discount the sheer randomness of success. This book explains why.

I could and will recommend more – but the above make very interesting reading.  And if you want my own take on each, here’s a short and light-hearted finish to the week.