Top 10 Business Books of 2015

 

Business books are considered the new essential; both for employees of businesses and entrepreneurs. Often featuring on the list of the best 10 books to read, business books are essential reading for the youth of today. Not only do they teach about how to run a business, but by talking about the failures and success of running a business, the authors hold up a mirror to life itself. Business books often feature on the list of the top 10 books of all time, as well as the top 10 books of 2015.  They are often called the best books to read when one is going through a rough patch, as it teaches people how to face hardships and emerge successfully.

 

Losing The Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and the Spectacular Fall of Blackberry

Written by acclaimed journalists, this book tells the story of how Blackberry, which was once the preferred device for the world’s CEOs and Presidents and which controlled half of the smartphone market, went down to one percent of the market and succumbed to the rising forces of Apple and Google. The book does not tell a conventional tale of failure and greed but rather how internal strife struck at a time when it had to rise against its competitors. It is definitely, one of the best books of 2015.

Read it For:
An insight into the reckless pace at which innovators compete with each other in the field of information. A book about a company that fell to the constantly changing and highly competitive forces of the Silicon Valley.
Don't Read it For:
The book does have a few boring moments and does not completely elaborate on a few technical terms.
What makes this book stand out?:
its whirlwind of a narrative which is as compelling as it is entertaining and which goes on to show the reader what went on behind the curtains of on the most enthralling businesses of the century.

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

A book which talks about how and why humans often “misbehave” when they buy or sell things. It explains such behavior with biases that make humans deviate from rationality. This study, which was earlier dismissed, is now used to make better decisions about lives, businesses and even governments.

Read it For:
The author’s advice on how to make smarter decisions in a world that is increasingly mystifying; which is done by yoking together recent discoveries in human psychology along with a practical understanding of incentives and market behavior. A classic, this book is one of the top 10 books of all time.
Don't Read it For:
The topic of behavioral economics might be too specialized to appeal to the general audience.
What makes this book stand out?:
The often humorous tone taken by the Nobel laureate to explain the error-prone ways in which humans often behave, thereby going against and confusing traditional studies of economics.

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work-Family

Slaughter writes about her vision of feminism and what constitutes true equality between men and women. She looks in retrospect at the belief that women are holding back and presents solutions to how we can work towards the goal of true quality, while reuniting the feminist movement under a new banner.

Read it For:
The advice and self-help steps that it encourages its readers to incorporate into their daily lives so that they can get closer to finishing the business of equality.
Don't Read it For:
It tries to cover a very wide range of topics and sometimes presents a very negative view of the future.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book presents personal stories that will move the reader, along with plans for change and action that can be acted upon individually and as a group. One of the top 10 business books of 2015.

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

One of the best books to read, Leadership BS holds up a mirror to the leadership industry and talks about the ways in which workplaces and careers could be improved. He calls out the billion dollar leadership industry on its failures like worldwide employee disengagement, career derailment and failed efforts on leadership development.

Read it For:
The clear picture it presents of the failing leadership industry and how its mistakes can be undone. It states the truth that leaders often do not have the widely valued qualities of honesty, modesty, and authenticity, and destroys the many myths surrounding leadership.
Don't Read it For:
The fact that he says that the majority of the leadership industry only provides pep talks makes him talk in absolutes and does little to distinguish him from the people he is criticizing.
What makes this book stand out?:
The practical examples and advice that it provides, while being rooted in social science. It helps people take more informed decisions about their careers and to accept the truth.
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Black Horse Ride: The Inside Story of Lloyds and the Banking Crisis

Black Horse Ride tells a compelling story of what actually happened after the fall of the Lehman Brothers when giants like Merrill Lynch and HBOS had to be bailed out.

Read it For:
Its vivid account of what was probably the worst day in banking history and how Lloyds TSB rescued HBOS, which had funds greater than the GDP of Britain, from the brink of bankruptcy.
Don't Read it For:
The portrayal of the events might not be completely accurate and some information might seem repetitive to people who followed the news at the time.
What makes this book stand out?:
The compelling narrative which talks about the role of high-profile people involved, like the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Governor of the Bank of England and the Treasury.

Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

Characterized by honesty and conviction, this book talks about the challenges and difficulties one faces in running their own business. Downs writes about how he built and ran a successful company in an ever-changing economy, about his own failures and difficulties and how he slowly began to learn about proper management, cash flow, and taxes.

Read it For:
Its real and raw truth, written from the point of view of the “boss;” and his experiences in hiring people, motivating them to produce exemplary work and letting some of them go.
Don't Read it For:
Written like a diary, the book’s style might not appeal to everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book provides an insight into the challenges that come with the running of a business and thereby, provides an insight into human nature and society. A book that is more about marketing, sales, and customer acquisition, it proves to be a quick and interesting read.

The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry

The Automatic Customer is all about the huge opportunities that companies are getting from the fast-growing subscription economy; and how these “automatic” customers will help them grow by boosting their sales and increasing the cash flow.

Read it For:
A deeper understanding of the importance of subscriptions which provides business with regular or “repeat” customers. The reader will learn about the different kind of subscriptions, the art of selling subscriptions and how to measure the health of his business based on these subscriptions.
Don't Read it For:
Some parts of the book shine more than others. The third part is far better and more engaging than the first two parts, which seem over-drawn and generic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book provides a detailed blueprint on how to build a consumer base based on subscriptions and shows that any and every business can use it for transformation and sales growth. The book provides helpful insight and a broad overview.

Second Curve: Thoughts on Reinventing Society

The book talks about the challenges that lie ahead for a society built on credit. It asks important questions like whether the current system of capitalism is sufficient to sustain the future and whether remorseless guilt is really important to grow.

Read it For:
The insight that it provides into our lives and gets us re-thinking our roles as members of the society, and what should be the aims of an ideal society.
Don't Read it For:
Sometimes, the book leaves behind its line of reasoning and some chapters seem hurried.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its provocative questions and some of the answers that it tries to provide. A book that will make readers return to it, either to consult it or to ponder over its thought-provoking questions.

X: The Experience When Business Meets Design

X talks about the elusive user, and marketing executives can reach them through experience design. It talks about the importance of user experience and the need for people to share those experiences which includes the executive’s products and services.

Read it For:
its insight into the life of a consumer and how that effects shared experiences, decision making and provide opportunities to organizations to create sharable and remarkable experiences.
Don't Read it For:
Its lack of substance and consistency, although it is presented very neatly. The author sometimes rushes through topics without completing elaborating on them.
What makes this book stand out?:
The rich visualization and the inspirational and pragmatic text which will motivate readers to rethink marketing and employee relationships, in the light of shared experiences.

Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out

the book talks about how meditation could make the workplace happier and more productive. It explains how meditation and yoga can help business organizations and their workers to improve productivity, lower stress, increase focus and pacify depression. Gelles writes about the millions of dollars companies have saved in healthcare by adopting mindfulness inspired by meditation.

Read it For:
The evidence that the book presents the advantages of mindfulness and how readers can make their lives more productive and happy by incorporating it into their daily routine.
Don't Read it For:
The book drags at parts, making readers feel like they’re reading along magazine.
What makes this book stand out?:
its fascinating and exhaustive research from the author, who himself has practiced meditation for over two decades.

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