What’s the best business book you’ve ever read?
That’s a question I ask each of my guests on the MPAF Podcast. After ten episodes they’ve named books I’ve read and enjoyed plus many I now have on my “to read list”.
And here are the 14 best business books recommended by Financial Services Professionals on the show. Of course there are more than ten!
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Boomerang (The Meltdown Tour) by Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis’s drives through Europe’s economic innards and describes the consequences of a world plagued by debt. Politically incorrect enough to keep me happy. What about you?
Who Moved My Cheese? by Doctor Spencer Johnson
Ever feel like you live in a maze? Cheese represents your goals in life in Spencer Johnson’s story that mimics reality. It’ll only take an hour to read.
Improve Your Punctuation And Grammar by Marion Field
Their, there, they’re. A great read for anyone upset by apostrophe abuse.
In for a Penny: A Business Adventure by Peter Hargreaves
Financial services entrepreneur Peter Hargreaves refreshingly outspoken on what it takes to succeed. He could teach the Dragons a thing or two.
Start Your Business Week by Week by Steve Parks
In 26 weekly steps, this cleverly structured book will walk any budding entrepreneur through everything you need to know and do, in the exact order you need to do it, to get your new business up and running.
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Lunch definitely is for wimps in this modern take on Wall Street which swaps braces for computer code. Now, the world’s money is traded by computer code, inside black boxes in heavily guarded buildings. Even the experts entrusted with your cash don’t know what’s happening to it. And the very few who do aren’t about to tell – because they’re making a killing.
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
“Making money is a knack, a knack that can be acquired. And if someone like me can become rich, then so can you – no matter what your present circumstances. Here is how I did it and what I learned along the way.” So writes Felix Dennis, who believes that almost anyone of reasonable intelligence can become rich, given enough motivation and application.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Over 70 years old and still relevant today.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Read Tim Ferris’s advice and you really will believe you can cut your working week to just 4 hours. But do you think it really is possible?
Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath
What is that makes urban myths so persistent but many everyday truths so eminently forgettable? How do newspapers set about ensuring that their headlines make you want to read on? And why do we remember complicated stories but not complicated facts?
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behaviour, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease.
Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi
In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps – and inner mindset – he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him. He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles.
Not Knowing – Stephen D Souza
In order to thrive in these worrying times, this book proposes we head, uncomfortably, towards the unknown, not away from it. By developing a unique relationship with Not Knowing we discover a new way of living, working and succeeding in our modern world.
Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
Whether it is the TV commercial that breaks into our favourite programme or the telemarketing phone call that disrupts a family meal, traditional advertising is based on the hope of snaring our attention away from whatever we are doing.
Seth Godin calls this Interruption Marketing, and, as companies are discovering, it no longer works.
Instead of annoying potential customers by interrupting their most coveted commodity, time, Permission Marketing offers consumers incentives to voluntarily accept advertising.
Now it’s your turn:
What’s your favourite business book? Please leave a comment below and a link to your recommendation. And if you want to appear on the MPAF Podcast to talk more about your business, do please get in touch.