Top ten Christmas reads for business owners

If you’re a business owner with a bit more time than usual over the Christmas period, why not try one of these great titles?

Or if people struggle to know what to buy you as ‘the business owner who has everything’, why not drop a few hints – there’s still time!

At this time of year bestseller lists abound so we thought we’d make our own list and share just a few of our favourite business titles; some published this year, some from a few years ago but all with some great insights into how you can perform better in the world of work.

So if you find yourself ready for an escape from The Great Escape on television again this Christmas, why not give some of these recommendations a try…

(in no particular order)

1) Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth about Success – Matthew Syed – 2015

This enlightening book examines the effect of a positive attitude to failure. Black box thinkers confront their failures head-on and indeed see their failures as the best way to learn. Looking at the way James Dyson, for example, turned 5,127 failures into a multi-million pound business make this a truly inspirational read.

2) Smart Thinking – How to Think Big, Innovate and Outperform Your Rivals – Art Markman – 2012

Are smart people just born that way? In this fascinating book, Markman examines the difference between raw intelligence and ‘smarter thinking’ and shows how it is possible to learn to be a smarter thinker.

3) The Element – How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson – 2010

This groundbreaking book challenges you to think about what your real passion is and that if you can only incorporate that into your work-life then to just imagine what the results might be. The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion with some often exceptional consequences.

4) The Chimp Paradox – Dr Steve Peters – 2012

This remains a firm favourite with us. It introduces an incredible mind-management model that can help you understand your emotions and become the person you would like to be. You may even be able to train your chimp so that you don’t eat that extra mince pie!

5) Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman – 2012

This book gives some fascinating insights into how we make choices that are either based on fast intuitive thinking or slow and rational thinking. It gives you practical tips for slower, smarter thinking so that you are less likely to be influenced by prejudice or make illogical errors. You’ll never make decisions the same way again!

6) The Snowball Effect – Andy Bounds – 2013

Following on from his highly successful book The Jelly Effect, this seasonally entitled sequel has some excellent communication techniques to make you truly unstoppable! Andy Bounds shares lots of helpful and practical tips that will revolutionise the way you communicate on a daily basis.

7) The Snowball – Warren Buffett and the Business of Life – 2009

Keeping with the snowball theme, if you’ve never read it, this is a biography of one of the most respected men in the world and provides a fascinating account of one of the most successful financial stories of our time. It’s a revealing portrayal of the man behind the outstanding achievements.

8) Moneyball – Martin Lewis – 2004

This might at first glance look as though it is just a book about baseball as it charts the path of the Oakland A’s and their visionary manager, Bill Beane. First published in 2004, it still stands out for us, however, as a great demonstration of how in business it is good to challenge the norm and continually look for new ways of doing things.

9) Winners – And How they Succeed – Alastair Campbell – 2015

Written by Tony Blair’s chief strategist, this book undertakes a fascinating examination of a wide range of talented people from elite athletes to top managers and questions whether the ability to win is innate or something we can develop? It even proposes a blueprint for winning we might all follow.

10) Leading – Sir Alex Ferguson – 2015

This may not be a business book, but Sir Alex Ferguson remains one of the most successful football managers of all time and gives us a fascinating insight into what makes a leader. We found it an inspirational account of how a charismatic leader can challenge his team to believe the impossible is possible.

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So there you have it – our top picks! Some really thought-provoking reads we believe and if they go some way to improving your business life, you can’t give yourself a better Christmas prezzie!