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Reading list: Best business books according to Forbes (March 2022)

We have posted more than 20 reading lists for you, but this time we will introduce the best business books according to Forbes. Note that the most famous American magazine on finance and economics has not yet compiled such a large-scale book list as its legendary rating of billionaires. But the publication regularly publishes materials about books that are worth reading for every person striving for success.

The selection includes both long-established works and relatively recent novelties. The books in this ranking are recommendations from Forbes columnists. All of them are specialists in different fields, from connoisseurs of the latest technologies to successful entrepreneurs. But one way or another, the columnists of the publication are immersed in the topic of business.

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They have seen from their own experience how important it is to quickly improve the skills of their own and the team entrusted to them, how to promote products and form a personal brand. Some of them write business books themselves, but none of the authors use publications to advertise their work. At most, indicate in your profile the type of activity and two or three facts from the biography. The talent to be a well-known businessman or a consultant in great demand with the largest companies can hardly be called empty boasting.

Why is it worth listening to the recommendations from this list? After all, you can use the book advice of such successful people as Bill Gates and Elon Musk. And how many different collections appear daily on social media such as Instagram. It is worth listening to the recommendations published in Forbes because this is the most famous financial and economic publication in the world, it is almost 104 years old.

Everyone, from business giants to small startups, reads this magazine and dreams of being on its pages. There are no and cannot be materials behind which amateurs are hiding. The same goes for book collections. One of the experts writing about business literature for Forbes is Stephen Denning. He has been a columnist since 2011 and has written over 700 articles for the publication. Denning has held senior leadership positions at the World Bank and has written several books on leadership and innovation himself, such as The Age of Agile. Yes, he is not as famous and rich as those who occupy the top lines of the Forbes rating, but the richest people in the world listen to his advice.

Forbes experts know a lot about achieving financial success. So this list can also be conditionally called “The Best Books About Money According to Forbes”. For example, in the collection, there is a book about podcasting Explosive Podcast. How to create a successful project from an idea to the first million. This topic has already established itself not only as a good way to promote your own product or yourself as a brand but also as a source of profit.

Another book mentioned in the Forbes publication, The Betting Principle. How to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. It was written by poker champion and business consultant Annie Duke. The work of the author, of course, is not about poker. She finds something in common between gambling and building a business. These two concepts have one thing in common: uncertainty. In our work, it often seems to us that all factors are taken into account, which means that a good result is guaranteed. In reality, everything is uncertain, and the outcome ultimately depends on skill and luck, just like in a card game. Duke explains the benefits of using a staking mindset to build workflows and achieve success.

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So now let’s start our list from:

“Blitzscaling: The Lightning‑Fast Path to Building Massively Valuables Companies” by Chris Yeh and Reid Hoffman. See it here on Amazon.

What separates the giants’ Facebook, Netflix, or Airbnb from the many startups that never really take off? It’s simple: rapid growth. The book by Reed Hoffman and Chris Yeh was born out of a course they teach at Stanford. On it, they analyzed how technology companies grow. So the authors formulated the concept of blitz scaling. Yes, there will be many mistakes and the pace may not be comfortable for the whole team, but through trial and error with the help of Hoffman and Yeh, you will be back to moving forward quickly.

“Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” by Kim Scott. Find it here.

The author of the book Kim Scott talks about the principles of optimal work with a team based on complete honesty. The method of “radical directness” allows you to detect and solve the problem in time, without hushing it up. The book contains practical advice on how to set up healthy communication in a team so that employees take the initiative and openly discuss any issues. The author, a former top manager of Google, Apple, YouTube, and a business consultant for Dropbox and Twitter will help you adjust your management style, identify growth areas, and also tell you how to properly inspire an employee to achieve results using real cases.

“The Goals Program: How to Stay Motivated” by Zig Ziglar. See it here.

Zig Ziglar, one of the most popular and influential figures in the US, has discovered that financial and career success is often short-lived. Often they leave behind a feeling of dissatisfaction. You reach your goals – and it turns out that you have a lot of things that you can buy, but there are not enough of some important things that you cannot buy. Why do so few people set the right goals for themselves? Ziglar was firmly convinced that if it was done correctly, a person could become more than he is, do more, and have more.

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“Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career” by Scott Young. Buy it here.

Would you like to learn another language (or a couple)? Get a new profession? Or maybe gain the knowledge to create your own product or business from scratch? “Ultralearning” is here to help you. This book has been helped to bring into being the results of recent research and the experience of eminent personalities. Its author Scott Young was able to find teaching methods that give the maximum effect. What makes it easier to understand and remember information? What levers will reveal new talents in you? The author formulated 9 principles of rapid self-education, which allow mastering complex skills, obtaining the necessary knowledge, maximizing competitive advantages, and building a career.

“Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth” by John Doerr. Available here.

Bill Gates himself recommends reading the book by John Dorr. In his opinion, this is a must-read for every aspiring manager. It discusses in detail the concept of OKR – objectives and key results (Objectives and Key Results). It is a collaborative goal-setting protocol for companies, teams, and employees. Of course, OKRs are not a panacea. They will not replace common sense, strong leadership, and creative work culture. However, these fundamental principles help to conquer the heights, as John Doerr, a venture capital investor and the founder of the OKR methodology, writes about. His approach has helped many giants – from Intel to Google – show impressive growth and therefore amazing results.

“The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals” by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Sean Covey. Buy it here.

For the normal operation of the company, it is vital to perform daily urgent work (“a whirlwind of urgent business”) and strategic goals. These concepts are radically different and, more importantly, they compete for time, resources, energy, and attention. It will not be possible to achieve progress if the leader and his team work only in emergency mode. The authors offer a proven set of practices that have been tried by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams. The essence of the “Four Disciplines of Execution” is quite simple, but they will radically change the way you approach the implementation of goals and allow you to put into practice tried and tested techniques that have proven their effectiveness over and over again.

“So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen” by Kristen Meinzer. Find it here.

In many countries, podcasts are only gaining popularity, but they are already becoming an interesting new form of self-expression. If you’ve been looking for a smart, fun, and thoughtful step-by-step guide to getting started with podcasting, this work by Kristen Mainzer is the place to be. She answers not only all the frequently asked questions of beginners but also those that at first no one even thinks about. For example, how to understand what your audience likes and dislikes, as well as how to promote and monetize your podcast. Kristen Mainzer is a seasoned podcaster whose project By the Book Podcast has hit the top media lists multiple times. It is one of the top nine podcasts by National Public Radio and a top 21 by BuzzFeed. It is listened to by about 3 million listeners. Kristen’s work has been featured in publications such as Time, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and dozens of others.

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