Monday, January 12, 2015

Best Business Books | 2014


More than 8,000 business books were published in 2014, not counting more than 25,000 self-published books (source).  Which ones are most likely to add value to your career?

For the seventh 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 104 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list -- 78 of these books were mentioned only once.  An additional 13 books were mentioned on two lists and these books comprise The Honorable Mention list.

The Fifth Shelf


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

The Second Machine AgeThink Like a Freak


The Fourth Shelf


Four books were mentioned on four lists and were placed on The Fourth Shelf:

#GIRLBOSSEssentialism
Leaders Eat LastThe Innovators


The Third Shelf


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

Flash BoysHow Google WorksScaling Up Excellence
The Hard Thing About Hard ThingsZero to One


The Second Shelf


One book was mentioned on six lists and was placed on The Second Shelf:

Creativity, Inc.


The Top Shelf


One book was mentioned on seven lists and was placed on The Top Shelf:

Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Personal Recommendations


I've read five books from this list of 13.  Here are my personal reviews for these five books on Goodreads.com:
You can access reviews of all 74 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 and job growth continues to look promising in 2015.  You can help enhance your economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the 13 listed above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2015.  Of course, you can select all 13 books, read one per month (one extra for the beach this summer) and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

Check out previous lists:
[ NOTE: The 13 Honorable Mention books, as well as, the 13 Best Business Books of 2014 are being counted down on Twitter.  Follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices and on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web. ]


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