20 Books to Help You Win at Business and Life

20 Books to Help You Win at Business and Life

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They're just words. Words filling up a paper. Yet it has the power to take you to a different place, a different time, with people you've never met. 

Books allow us to escape reality, taking us on a little staycation from the endless cycle of our everyday lives. They have the power to inspire and motivate us, or just make us think in a different way. 

There is nothing like being curled up in a good book.

We've rounded up our 20 favorite books that will help you in business and life. They will give you so much more than just a break from reality.

20 books to help you win at business and life


"Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less" 
by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang


We all need sleep, but what if you found out that more rest = more productivity? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang explores the benefits of rest and shorter working days. His findings... may not be what you expect. He says sleep is incredibly important for brain maintenance; when you're sleeping, your brain clears out those toxins that have built up during the hours you're awake. Any findings to prove how we feel come Monday morning is a reason to celebrate.


"The Reputation Game: The Art of Changing How People See You"
by David Waller and Rupert Younger

buzztag-favorite-booksJay-Z and Beyonce sure know A LOT about the game--the reputation game. Whether you want to believe it or not, it's a game we ALL play; you just have to choose how you want to play it. In this book, Jay-Z is one of many interviewed about what makes or breaks our reputations. It's an essential guide for not only business, but also life. 

"Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for all the Performances in Your Life"
by Michael Port

buzztag-favorite-booksCommunication. It's how you got your job. It's how you make friends. It's how you're able to order your favorite burrito at that one food truck you love. You may not get a standing ovation when you ask for extra pico de gallo, but the tools in this book will help you the next time you have an important meeting with the boss.

"The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor, and Authenticity Create Great Organizations"
by Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein, Rebecca Teasdale and Jody Berger

buzztag-favorite-booksGreat teams are hard to come by. This book explores why teams break down. With a combined century of management experience, the authors show how every team can be extraordinary; the authors say you can build a Loyalist Team by utilizing their field-tested Loyalist Team 3d assessment. This kind of team values loyalty and authenticity to deliver results and ultimately, helps companies succeed. 

"Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince and Inspire"
by Paul Smith

buzztag-favorite-booksDo you remember the folklore of storks bringing babies to doorsteps? This book came to us in a similar fashion. No, there wasn't a stork--as far as we know--but rather, it was dropped off at our doorstep with our LeaderBox subscription. This book teaches the importance of storytelling and how it can transform your message.

by Lynette Xanders 

momentum-buzztag-favorite-booksYes, it's a book, but an interactive one. One that draws you in. Challenges you. Empowers you. The exercises in this book help bring you out of an ordinary life and into an extraordinary life with greater creativity, prosperity and happiness. Further, it inspires you to maintain your creative edge by prioritizing things that matter.

"Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content"
by Ann Handley

everybody-writes-buzztag-favorite-booksWe're all writers now, whether it's a 3,000 word blog post, a landing page or an email. Words carry our message and choosing the right ones often resembles Frodo plodding along the path to Mordor. Ridiculously hard, right? Enter Ann Handley's book "Everybody Writes." We l-o-v-e her irreverant wisdom about what to write and how to write it.

"High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way"
by Brendon Burchard

high-performance-habits-buzztag-favorite-booksSix. Six habits. That's all you need to become extraordinary. Did we mention one of the world's highest-paid performance coaches is the author? It's a science-backed plan to living a better quality of life. Adopt the habits, and you win. Neglect them, and emotional turmoil becomes your norm. Brendon Burchard says to be a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence and demonstrate courage. The book explains the art and science of how to practice those six habits.

"Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't"
by Simon Sinek

leaders-eat-last-buzztag-favorite-booksSimon Sinek has worked with teams around the world. He found some would put the life on the line for their team, and others wouldn't--despite what incentives were put on the table. So, how do you build that dream team? The answer became clear after speaking with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last." Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort for the good of those in their care.

"Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win"
by Chris Kuenne and John Danner

built-for-growth-buzztag-favorite-booksAuthors Chris Kuenne and John Danner determined four different personalities of highly successful entrepreneurs. There's the Driver, Explorer, Crusader and the Captain. Each personality style is motivated, but they lead their teams differently. Basically, the book explains WHO you are shapes HOW you build for growth. This is a guide to determine what kind of personality you have, how to play up to your strengths, and ultimately, build a successful business.

"Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work"
by Dan Roam

blah-blah-blah-buzztag-favorite-booksA book that shows you how to cut through the word clutter and make ideas more vivid? We're in! Dan Roam's book is teaching us how to simplify things that seem difficult by doodling more pictures. So. Much Fun. (A little intimidating at first... but hey, we're all about removing the "blah" from life and work.) If you love having meaningful, clear and productive conversations about what you do in the world, this book belongs on your desk. 

"What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn)"
by Seth Godin

what-to-do-when-it's-your-turn-buzztag-favorite-booksThis book is in your face. Each flip of the page is colorful, reading more like a magazine than a book with just words. This book pushes you to dig deep inside so you can do better work and make a difference. The most important takeaway: realize it's always your turn.

"Fast/Forward: Make Your Company Fit for the Future"
by Julian Birkenshaw and Jonas Ridderstråle

fast-forward-buzztag-favorite-booksIs YOUR company fit for the future? Times are changing. Authors Julian Brikenshaw and Jonas Ridderstråle say we are witnessing the rise of an adhocracy. With that, comes a new approach to strategy, built around "the four paradoxes of progress," which includes: creative destruction; the notion that the more we know, the less we understand; connectivity and unpredictability; and knowing and believing. The authors have created the playbook to help get your company fit for the future. 

"The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit: A Collection of Essays About Changing the World"
by AJ Leon

the-life-and-times-of-a-remarkable-misfit-buzztag-favorite-booksThis book is for the Misfits, those who question conforming to what society believes in, those who choose happiness before money. AJ Leon says this book manifested while on his own path to living an intentional life, doing work that matters and changing the world. Leon will teach you what he's learned, including some important life lessons.

"The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level"
by Gay Hendricks

the-big-leap-buzztag-favorite-booksWe ALL want to live our best lives and make the most out of the time we have. Author Gay Hendricks shares useful and effective tips for breaking down barriers,  leading to a better life. He helps you let go of what's holding you back and take the big leap. 

"Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking"
by Jennifer Riel and Roger L. Martin

buzztag-favorite-books-creating-great-choicesYou always have a choice in life, but what if the choices in front of you don't match your desired outcome? Instead of choosing one of those options, we can use the models before us to create a new answer. That is integrative thinking. Roger Martin says this style of thinking is an approach to problem solving using opposing ideas for innovation. In this book, the authors explain how it works and how to do it. 


"Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything"
by Aaron James Draplin

draplin-design-co-pretty-much-everythingWe can't stop ooh-ing and aah-ing over this book by Aaron James Draplin. Run your fingers over the cover and you'll realize why. And the pages inside? Full of brilliant design inspo. It includes examples of his work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, maps, how-tos, advice--along with the process behind his projects.  You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll want to buy him a beer after reading.



"Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High"
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler &  Laura Roppe

buzztag-favorite-books-crucial-conversationsIt's inevitable. At some point, you'll experience a conversation you'd rather run and hide from--the kind when stakes are high, opinions differ and emotions run strong. In this situation, these authors say you have three choices: avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences, handle the conversation poorly and suffer the consequences, or read this book and discover how to communicate best when it matters most. The authors share how to safely talk about basically anything, keep listening when others get fired up or clam up, and how to turn these conversations into your desired results. Never stress about a conversation again after this read.  

"Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers" 
by Timothy Ferriss and Arnold Schwarzenegger

buzztag-favorite-books-tools-of-titansHave you ever wondered what some of the most powerful celebrities or athletes do for the first 60 minutes of everyday? Or, maybe you've wondered what books they read? What their workouts look like? After interviewing these modern-day titans for up to three hours, author Tim Ferriss shares their tools and tactics. Ferriss says this book changed his life. Ferriss, you're not alone.

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September 28, 2018

Anothet suggestion — “The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho

I usually lean toward non-fiction, but this book is the only book I’ve read numerous times in recent years. And so many good lessons for life and work.

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