Monday, December 23, 2013

Best Business Books | 2013

"Life is too short to drink cheap scotch." ~ The Agency Post
The same can been said about reading business books.  No need to wait three years.  The list has been distilled.  Here are the twelve business books that represent the finest that 2013 had to offer.

For the sixth year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. This year's search began by identifying 12 "Best of" lists as follows:
A total of 118 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list.  Ninety of these books were mentioned only once.  An additional 16 books were mentioned on two lists and these 16 books comprise The Honorable Mention list.

The Fifth Shelf


Three books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on The Fifth Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158501-compelling-peoplehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17288649-creative-confidencehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333463-looptail


The Fourth Shelf


One book was mentioned on four lists and was placed on The Fourth Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15824360-the-end-of-competitive-advantage


The Third Shelf


Three books were mentioned on five lists and were placed on The Third Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15815598-big-datahttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158498-give-and-takehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13593553-to-sell-is-human


The Second Shelf


Two books were mentioned on six lists and were placed on The Second Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15801967-contagioushttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586928-playing-to-win


The Top Shelf


Three books were mentioned on seven lists and were placed on The Top Shelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15798078-decisivehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16071764-lean-inhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17660462-the-everything-store


Personal Recommendations


I only read one book from this list of 12 and none from the 16 books on the Honorable Mention list.  I also read one book from the 90 that were mentioned once.  Here are my personal reviews for both books on Goodreads.com:
You can access reviews of all 59 Leadership and Strategy books I have read at Pinterest.

Suggested Success Strategy


Regardless of your professional discipline, web-related or otherwise, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve at a less-than-optimal pace. You can help enhance your economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the twelve listed above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2014.  Of course, you can also grab a bottle of the finest scotch, select all twelve books, read one per month and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

Check out previous lists:
[ NOTE: The 16 Honorable Mention books, as well as, the 12 Best Business Books of 2013 will be counted down on Twitter.  Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web. ]


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