Each month we share book recommendations about entrepreneurship and innovation. There are definitely some classics and we hope the following offer you some fresh perspectives. If you have a book that other innovators would benefit from reading, let us know.
December 2021 – Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks. “Whether we realize it or not, we are always telling stories. On a first date or job interview, in a sales presentation or therapy appointment, with family or friends, we are constantly narrating events and interpreting emotions and actions. In so doing, we make choices about what to emphasize and what to leave out. We frame and explain in order to amuse, rationalize, or just plain vent.”
November 2021 – The Future is Faster Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kolter. “Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this gripping and insightful roadmap to our near future, Diamandis and Kotler investigate how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole.”
October 2021 – Partnernomics by Mark Brigman. “In today’s business world, strategic partnerships are the fuel for exponential growth for companies large and small. PARTNERNOMICS not only brilliantly illustrates the unique benefits these business relationships bring but also provides a clear framework for managing and leading partnerships to success.”
September 2021 – Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. “As strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies–distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking–that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact.”
August 2021 – Atomic Habits by James Clear. “Atomic Habits is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, break bad ones, and get 1 percent better every day. I do not believe you will find a more actionable book on the subject of habits and improvement.”
July 2021 – Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet. Disciplined Entrepreneurship and its workbook “explain in detail the strategy and tools used by MIT students, startup founders, and corporate teams to build new ventures or more efficiently bring innovative products and ideas to market.”
June 2021 – The Power of Moments Chip and Dan Heath “While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.”
May 2021 – Startup CXO by Matt Blumberg “Startup CXO is designed to help each functional leader understand how their function scales, what to anticipate as they scale, and what things to avoid. Beyond providing function-specific advice, tools, and tactics, Startup CXO is a resource for each team member to learn about the other functions, understand other functional challenges, and get greater clarity on how to collaborate effectively with the other functional leads.”
April 2021 – Think Again by Adam Grant Adam Grant “examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life. Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn.”
March 2021 – Get Backed by Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr Get Backed isn’t just about startup fundraising. It’s a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground. In Get Backed, they show you exactly what they and dozens of others did to raise money–even the mistakes they made–uncovering the secrets of the world’s best storytellers, fundraisers, and startup accelerators
February 2021 – Build the Fort by Chris Heivly In Build the Fort, Chris Heivly, co-founder of MapQuest, outlines five basic elements that are common to both fort-building and startups: 1.Socializing Your Idea without fear or inhibition 2.Identifying and Marshaling the People You Trust 3.Gathering the Minimal Resources Closest To You 4.Acting on the Smallest and Simplest of the Idea 5.Build the Fort
January 2021 – Decoding the New Consumer Mind by Kit Yarrow – Kit Yarrow illuminates the impact of three major socio-cultural shifts on the psychology of shoppers and describes four strategic adjustments that businesses need to make to succeed and connect with today’s transformed consumer.
December 2020 – The Innovators Spirit by Chuck Swoboda – Chuck Swoboda explains that innovation is fundamentally about people and shows his readers how to develop a mindset of creativity, risk-taking, and hard work. He also instills in them a belief that there is always a better way.”
November 2020 – Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol – In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life—whether it’s landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product.
October 2020 – Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely – Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They’re systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.
September 202 – Loonshots by Safi Bachall – Bahcall, shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing new ideas to rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice
August 2020 – The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan – Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.