Reading, fortunately, is a topic that has a lot of wisdom backed both by science and by people. These are the people that have trained themselves over the years to become incredibly prolific readers.
If you are trying to read, then your first thought would be read something today’s most leaders are reading. Luckily, the world’s most successful business leaders i.e. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Cuban are also prolific readers.
So, if you are planning to read books for staying productive throughout 2018, then following are the few books that are highly recommended by these successful leaders.
1. How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars:
Author: Billy Gallagher
The former frat brother of Spiegel’s, Billy Gallagher has compiled a SnapChat story in the book. The startup was offered to be acquired by Facebook in 2013. At the age of 23, Evan Spiegel walked away lead SnapChat to a massive IPO and Facebook simply adopted the strategy of copying the platform’s popular features.
2. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Author: Daniel Pink
In this book, the motivational writer Daniel Pink has captured a broader subject with the implication from exercise to management. Pink has explained that a lot of focus is given that timing is everything but very few people know about the timing itself.
3. The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High performance
Authors: Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
In this book, the authors have shared the proven ways managers can adapt to build cohesive and productive teams. These are the ways that can be adopted despite the distractions and challenges that are faced in the business world of today.
4. Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts
Author: Annie Duke
Getting conformable with uncertainty is explained well by the author. But there is an element of luck that cannot be controlled therefore; even the best decisions sometimes do not yield the best outcomes.
5. The Square and the Tower: Networks, Power, From the Freemasons to Facebook
Author: Niall Ferguson
This book recasts the turning points in world history. This book entails from the cults of ancient Rome to the periods of Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook etc. It offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand the last wave of network disruption.
6. Burn the Business plan: What Great Entrepreneurs really do
Author: Carl J. Schramm
The Co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Startup America has provided a roundup of the current best thinking on startups. It guides new entrepreneurs in both introspections as well as execution.
7. Quirky: The remarkable story of the traits, foibles, and genius of a breakthrough innovator who changed the world
Author: Melissa A Schilling
This book reveals the science behind the convergence of traits that improve the likelihood of success. It explains how to nurture and facilitate breakthrough innovation in the lives of people.
8. Meltdown: Why our systems fail and what we can do about it
Author: Chris Clearfield
The author has revealed that why designs make us safer and how solutions can make us shield from catastrophes. It explains how complexities cause failure in all kinds of modern systems and how can we prevent meltdowns in business and life.