The best 100 Strategy books

Strategy is a crucial element in various aspects of life, from business and politics to personal growth and decision-making. Developing a strong strategic mindset can significantly enhance your ability to navigate complex situations and achieve desired outcomes. That's where our carefully curated book list comes in.

This list offers a comprehensive exploration of strategy-related topics, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to think and act strategically. So, why not embark on this enlightening journey and unlock the power of strategic thinking?
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Strategy Books: Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore

Crossing the Chasm

Geoffrey A. Moore
Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers
4.5 (268 ratings)
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What's Crossing the Chasm about?

Crossing the Chasm (1991) examines the market dynamics faced by innovative new products, particularly the daunting chasm that lies between early to mainstream markets.

The book provides tangible advice on how to make this difficult transition and offers real-world examples of companies that have struggled in the chasm.

Who should read Crossing the Chasm?

  • Anyone working within the high tech industry
  • Anyone trying to enter a market with an innovative product
  • Anyone interested in how high tech products are adopted

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Strategy Books: Built to Last by Jim Collins

Built to Last

Jim Collins
Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
4.5 (291 ratings)
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What's Built to Last about?

Built to Last (1994) examines 18 extraordinary and venerable companies to discover what has made them prosper for decades, in some cases for nearly two centuries. This groundbreaking study reveals the simple but inspiring differences that set these visionary companies apart from their less successful competitors.

Built to Last is meant for every level of every organization, from CEOs to regular employees, and from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and charitable foundations. The timeless advice uncovered in this book will help readers discover the importance of adhering to a core ideology while relentlessly stimulating progress.

Who should read Built to Last?

  • Anyone interested in how visionary companies have stayed successful for over a century
  • Anyone who wants to make their company, organization, department or team more purposeful
  • Anyone who wants to find tangible tools to drive progress, foster innovation or communicate values with their organization

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Strategy Books: Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Start-up of You

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
4.4 (174 ratings)
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What's Start-up of You about?

The Start-Up of You (2012) is a guide to how you can leverage strategies used by start-ups in your own career: being adaptable, building relationships and pursuing breakout opportunities.

In a world where entire industries are being ravaged by global competition and traditional career paths are fast becoming dead-ends, everyone needs to hustle like an entrepreneur.

Who should read Start-up of You?

  • Anyone who wants to understand what the right career is for them and how to achieve it
  • Professionals who are considering a career or industry change
  • Professionals who want to leverage their network more effectively

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Strategy Books: Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Great by Choice

Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
4.5 (153 ratings)
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What's Great by Choice about?

The world is an uncertain place, constantly changing and often chaotic. While many companies are unable to survive in this chaos, some companies are not only able to survive in these shifting conditions but even thrive in them. Great by Choice analyses why these companies succeed while most others fail. 

Great By Choice is the result of exhaustive, in-depth research into the business environment. It argues that success is not the result of a company being more innovative, bold or open to taking risks, nor is it a result of mere luck or chance. Success in fact comes from a mixture of discipline, evidence-based innovation and a fear of failure that borders on paranoia. It is this recipe, rather than luck, which enables certain companies to become great.

Who should read Great by Choice?

  • Anyone looking for the secrets of long-term success in business
  • Anyone wanting to know the role that luck or chance plays in achieving success
  • Anyone wanting to know how great companies thrive even in turbulent environments 

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Strategy Books: The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

The 80/20 Principle

Richard Koch
The Secret to Achieving More with Less
4.3 (1,414 ratings)
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What's The 80/20 Principle about?

The 80/20 Principle (1997) was named one of GQ's Top 25 Business Books of the Twentieth Century. It's about the 80/20 principle, which says that 80 percent of results are generated by just 20 percent of effort. This phenomenon has huge implications for every area of life, as it helps single out the most important factors in any situation.

Who should read The 80/20 Principle?

  • Anyone who wants to get better results without expending more time
  • Anyone who wants to free up more of their time and lead a happier life
  • Anyone who wants to increase the profitability of their business

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Strategy Books: Hooked by Nir Eyal

Hooked

Nir Eyal
How to Build Habit-Forming Products
4.6 (535 ratings)
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What's Hooked about?

Hooked (2014) explains, through anecdotes and scientific studies, how and why we integrate certain products into our daily routines, and why such products are the Holy Grail for any consumer-oriented company. Hooked gives concrete advice on how companies can make their products habit-forming, while simultaneously exploring the moral issues that entails.

Who should read Hooked?

  • Anyone who wants to understand how habits are formed
  • Anyone who wants to design a hugely successful product or enhance an existing one
  • Anyone who wants to understand how some products take advantage of our tendency to form habits

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Strategy Books: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz
Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers
4.4 (456 ratings)
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What's The Hard Thing About Hard Things about?

These blinks explain why the job of a CEO is among the toughest and loneliest in the world, and how you can survive all the stress and heartache involved.

Who should read The Hard Thing About Hard Things?

  • Present or future CEOs and founders
  • Anyone who wants to understand how businesses are run successfully
  • Anyone who is ever in a position where they have to hire or fire someone

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Strategy Books: Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

Leadership and Self-Deception

The Arbinger Institute
Getting Out of the Box
4.3 (121 ratings)
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What's Leadership and Self-Deception about?

This book will show you how and why most people are in a state of self-deception where they view their needs as more important than those of people around them. It demonstrates the negative impact this self-deception has on our lives, but also shows a way out of this state, benefiting both our private and professional lives.

Who should read Leadership and Self-Deception?

  • Anyone who wants his or her company to have a more positive and effective working attitude
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to become an inspiring leader
  • Anyone who feels they sometimes mistreat people who are important to them

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Strategy Books: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
4.3 (214 ratings)
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What's Creativity, Inc. about?

Creativity, Inc. explores the peaks and troughs in the history of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios along with Ed Catmull’s personal journey towards becoming the successful manager he is today. In doing so, he explains the management beliefs he has acquired along the way, and offers actionable advice on how to turn your team members into creative superstars.

Who should read Creativity, Inc.?

  • Anyone interested in successful managerial habits and leadership styles
  • Anyone managing a staff whose work requires creativity
  • Anyone truly committed to building a sustainable creative culture

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Strategy Books: Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

Richard Rumelt
The Difference and Why It Matters
4.2 (433 ratings)
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What's Good Strategy, Bad Strategy about?

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy dissects good strategies by using historical examples from a variety of fields, and offers insight into developing our own effective strategies through practical advice and a solid blueprint.

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“My boss kept asking me, “Emily, what’s your strategy?” and I kept coming up empty (#truestory). This title is a smart start to wrapping your head around what it means to build an effective strategy and do good work to reach your goals.

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Who should read Good Strategy, Bad Strategy?

  • Anyone interested in the different ways in which strategy can be applied to different fields
  • Anyone who has to make solid strategic decisions
  • Anyone interested in the history of business strategy

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Strategy Books: Tribes by Seth Godin

Tribes

Seth Godin
We Need You to Lead Us
4.5 (182 ratings)
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What's Tribes about?

In this book, author Seth Godin reveals the most powerful unit of social organization: the “tribe,” or a group of people connected to a cause, a leader and each other, who together drive change in society. It shows us how we can harness the power of the internet to form and lead our own tribes. Tribes also advocates the universal need for change and leadership, so we can grow as a company or as a society.

Who should read Tribes?

  • Anyone who wants to create a movement to change the status quo
  • Anyone interested in the latest marketing concepts
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to be a great leader




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Strategy Books: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google Works

Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
4.4 (109 ratings)
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What's How Google Works about?

How Google Works shares business insights from one of the most successful technology start-ups in history. Written by the former top executives at the company, the book lays out, step by step, Google’s path to success; a roadmap that your company can follow, too.

Who should read How Google Works?

  • CEOs or managers at start-up companies
  • Anyone with a start-up idea looking for the fast path to success
  • Anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at Google

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Strategy Books: The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling
Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
4.4 (252 ratings)
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What's The 4 Disciplines of Execution about?

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (2012) is a manual for CEOs and managers, showing leaders how to execute their strategic goals by getting their staff to behave differently. By introducing the four disciplines of execution, you’ll help motivate your team to achieve broader company goals.

Who should read The 4 Disciplines of Execution?

  • CEOs, managers and company leaders who want to execute their strategic goals
  • Students of economics and management
  • Anyone who wants to see their organization achieve its goals

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Strategy Books: Make Change Work for You by Scott Steinberg

Make Change Work for You

Scott Steinberg
Ten Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Innovate Fearlessly and Succeed Despite Uncertainty
4.1 (77 ratings)
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What's Make Change Work for You about?

Make Change Work for You offers a searching exploration of why we resist change and why we should instead see it as an opportunity. In examining some of America’s most successful companies and entrepreneurs, the book offers several case studies on how to successfully adapt to change – as an employee, team leader, or even CEO.

Who should read Make Change Work for You?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their situation at work
  • Anyone who isn’t perfectly happy with their company’s trajectory
  • Anyone interested in learning how to embrace change

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Strategy Books: Zillow Talk by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries

Zillow Talk

Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries
The New Rules of Real Estate
3.7 (91 ratings)
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What's Zillow Talk about?

Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate (2015) gives the reader all the tools they need to buy, sell or rent a home. From the conundrum of whether to rent or buy, to when to sell and how to boost the value of your property, these blinks shed light on the perennially important dilemmas of real estate – the biggest investment of your life.

Who should read Zillow Talk?

  • First-time buyers trying to get a handle on the market
  • Seasoned investors who want to learn the new rules of real estate
  • Renters who are unsure if buying a home is right for them

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Strategy Books: Strategy Rules by David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano

Strategy Rules

David B. Yoffie and Michael A. Cusumano
Five Timeless Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs
4.1 (132 ratings)
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What's Strategy Rules about?

Strategy Rules (2015) explores the business strategies and leadership styles of three hyper-successful tech CEOs: Bill Gates of Microsoft, Andy Grove of Intel and Steve Jobs of Apple. These blinks break down the strategic expertise necessary to build a competitive business and ensure long-term success.

Who should read Strategy Rules?

  • Businesspeople who want to learn from the success of Microsoft, Intel and Apple
  • CEOs looking for a strategic boost
  • New entrepreneurs looking to develop a vision for their ideas

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Strategy Books: Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

Scaling Up

Verne Harnish
How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don’t (Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 2.0)
4.4 (142 ratings)
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What's Scaling Up about?

You had the idea, you drafted the business plan, you raised the cash, you launched your new venture and you became a success. But now you need to grow. Scaling Up (2014) reveals the most useful tools for doing just that. Use the Scaling Up system of checklists, levers and priorities to establish a strong company culture as your business expands through the right strategic and financial decisions.

Who should read Scaling Up?

  • Those working in the executive and middle management of expanding firms
  • Managers who want to streamline decision-making in their organization
  • Anyone wondering why some companies grow and others don’t

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Strategy Books: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman & Raj Sisodia

Everybody Matters

Bob Chapman & Raj Sisodia
The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
4.2 (102 ratings)
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What's Everybody Matters about?

Everybody Matters (2015) chronicles Bob Chapman’s quest to find the best approach to business and leadership style. Traditional approaches to management often treat employees like cogs in the machine. The authors explain that by caring for employees as if they were family, you can not only experience unprecedented success but inspire company loyalty and allow all employees to reach their full potential as well.

Who should read Everybody Matters?

  • Anyone seeking to better their company or business
  • Managers wanting to improve employee relations
  • Small business owners or CEOs looking to inspire their employees

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Strategy Books: Social Engineering by Christopher Hadnagy

Social Engineering

Christopher Hadnagy
The Art of Human Hacking
4.2 (100 ratings)
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What's Social Engineering about?

Social Engineering (2011) reveals the secret methods hackers and con artists use to manipulate their targets and scam their victims. The book provides detailed step-by-step depictions of how criminals plan a scheme, and gives you all the tools you need to prevent yourself from being duped.

Who should read Social Engineering?

  • Anyone who wants to know how hackers and scammers plan a heist
  • Anyone interested in how to influence a stranger’s behavior
  • People who watched the BBC series Hustle or The Real Hustle

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Strategy Books: Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai

Gemba Kaizen

Masaaki Imai
A Common Sense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy
4.3 (102 ratings)
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What's Gemba Kaizen about?

Gemba Kaizen (1997) is an introduction to the Japanese business philosophy of Kaizen, which revolutionizes working standards to reduce waste and increase efficiency at little cost. Author Masaaki Imai reveals the aspects of Kaizen that are crucial to building lean business strategies.

Who should read Gemba Kaizen?

  • People working in production and managers who supervise standardized processes  
  • Anyone interested in Japanese management philosophies
  • Anyone who wants to improve their overall workflow

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Strategy Books: Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Jay Abraham
21 Ways You Can Out-think, Out-perform, and Out-earn the Competition
4.0 (61 ratings)
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What's Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got about?

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got (2000) is a guide to spotting new opportunities, securing new clients and succeeding, no matter what your area of business. These blinks explain how to make more out of what you already have and how best to use it to your business’s advantage.

Who should read Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got?

  • Business leaders who want a leg up in their market
  • Entrepreneurs looking for new ways to get ahead of the competition
  • Any reader with an interest in business and marketing

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Strategy Books: Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Shift

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
4.4 (199 ratings)
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What's Blue Ocean Shift about?

Blue Ocean Shift (2017) is a step-by-step guide to moving past competition in an overcrowded industry. These blinks, based on decades of the authors’ practical experience, explain why you should endeavor to make competition obsolete and how you can open up whole new worlds of opportunity.

Who should read Blue Ocean Shift?

  • Entrepreneurs, managers, CEOs and business leaders
  • Small business owners
  • Business scholars and theorists of competition and market strategy

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Strategy Books: The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

The 12 Week Year

Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 months
4.6 (367 ratings)
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What's The 12 Week Year about?

The 12 Week Year (2013) provides a blueprint for revolutionizing your planning, delivery and productivity. Many individuals, organizations and businesses plan around an annual cycle, but it’s near impossible to make accurate plans for an entire year, and it’s just as hard to muster a year’s worth of focus. This book offers an alternative, explaining how to plan around a 12-week period, execute critical tasks and radically improve results.

Who should read The 12 Week Year?

  • Workers who feel they could be doing more in less time
  • Business leaders striving for higher productivity and faster execution
  • People struggling to put their great ideas into practice

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Strategy Books: Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

Building a StoryBrand

Donald Miller
Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
4.7 (386 ratings)
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What's Building a StoryBrand about?

Building a StoryBrand (2017) is a practical guide to effectively marketing your company or product. By showing the power of a seven-part story-telling framework, these blinks help you and your company create a clear message that no customer will ignore.

Who should read Building a StoryBrand?

  • Marketing people
  • Storytellers
  • Leaders and executives

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Strategy Books: Never Get a “Real” Job by Scott Gerber

Never Get a “Real” Job

Scott Gerber
How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke
3.8 (91 ratings)
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What's Never Get a “Real” Job about?

Never Get a “Real” Job (2011) encourages young entrepreneurs to swear off “real” jobs, foregoing the nine-to-five life in favor of taking control of their own lives. Based on real-world experience and observation, it provides a nuts-and-bolts guide to getting it together and starting up.

Who should read Never Get a “Real” Job?

  • Young entrepreneurs looking to launch a start-up
  • People wondering what to do with a great idea
  • Longtime employees looking for something new

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What's The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization about?

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization (2008) presents readers with five simple yet highly effective questions that any manager, owner or stakeholder should ask in order to increase their organization’s chances of success. While these questions are focused on non-profit organizations, the lessons are applicable to any organization seeking to make a difference.

Who should read The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization?

  • Business owners, managers and other stakeholders
  • Students of business and management
  • Readers interested in improving leadership skills

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Strategy Books: Move by Patty Azzarello

Move

Patty Azzarello
How Decisive Leaders Execute Strategy Despite Obstacles, Setbacks, and Stalls
3.9 (31 ratings)
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What's Move about?

Move (2017) provides an actionable framework for establishing long-term organizational change and introduces the MOVE model, which helps businesses overcome chronic issues ranging from employee skepticism and task prioritization to making restructuring an integral part of company culture.

Who should read Move?

  • Change agents
  • CEOs
  • Managers at all levels

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Strategy Books: Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor

Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Scott Kupor
Venture Capital and How to Get It
4.3 (186 ratings)
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What's Secrets of Sand Hill Road about?

Secrets of Sand Hill Road (2019) unveils the inner workings of one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic streets. Many of the area’s top venture capital firms are located here and have played a part in funding some of the biggest names in tech today. VC insider Scott Kupor has worked with many of them, and these blinks share their secrets – allowing the rest of us to decipher the mystery of venture capital, how to get it and why it can make or break a company.

Who should read Secrets of Sand Hill Road?

  • Founders and CEOs seeking advice on how to navigate the world of venture capital
  • Beginner venture capitalists looking for wisdom from an industry veteran
  • Tech enthusiasts curious about how their favorite apps came to fruition

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Strategy Books: The New Strategist by Günter Müller-Stewens

The New Strategist

Günter Müller-Stewens
Shape Your Organization and Stay Ahead of Change
4.0 (158 ratings)
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What's The New Strategist about?

The New Strategist (2020) is a practical guide on how to do strategy for business leaders. It explains what strategy work looks like in the day-to-day life of a company, shows the competencies that strategic leaders need, and lays out the tools that help strategists in their craft. It also explores the ways that strategists need to adapt to a changing world and provides the principles they can use to be successful leaders.

Who should read The New Strategist?

  • Managers who want to sharpen their strategic skills
  • Anyone who would like to be a strategic leader
  • Everyone curious about how successful businesses are led

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Strategy Books: Future Shaper by Niamh O'Keeffe

Future Shaper

Niamh O'Keeffe
How Leaders Can Take Charge in an Uncertain World
4.2 (85 ratings)
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What's Future Shaper about?

Future Shaper (2020) describes the challenges leaders face in an increasingly fast-paced and technologically driven world. It’s the ultimate manual for leaders seeking to improve their leadership skills, embrace new ideas and innovations, and prepare for the future.

Who should read Future Shaper?

  • Business leaders stuck in a traditional way of thinking
  • Novice entrepreneurs wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of leadership
  • Future leaders entering the business world on the cusp of the digital revolution

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Strategy Books: Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink

Leadership Strategy and Tactics

Jocko Willink
Field Manual
4.6 (420 ratings)
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What's Leadership Strategy and Tactics about?

Leadership Strategy and Tactics (2020) teaches you how to take the skills of a high-functioning Navy SEAL team and apply them to your workplace. You’ll learn about practices such as Extreme Ownership, and find out why humility is better than arrogance. These tips will help you to leave your ego at the door and to remember that your team’s success should always come before personal success.

Who should read Leadership Strategy and Tactics?

  • CEOs, managers, and team leaders who need some guidance
  • Employees hoping to get promoted to a supervisor position
  • People who work in human resources

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Strategy Books: See You on the Internet by Avery Swartz

See You on the Internet

Avery Swartz
Building Your Small Business with Digital Marketing
4.0 (142 ratings)
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What's See You on the Internet about?

See You on the Internet (2020) is a simple guide to navigating the world of digital marketing. If you’ve ever felt intimidated by the thought of building a website or running an email marketing campaign, See You on the Internet will walk you through planning, implementing, and measuring your digital marketing efforts.

Who should read See You on the Internet?

  • Small business owners interested in digital marketing
  • Digital and social media managers
  • People interested in marketing strategy

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Strategy Books: Winning Now, Winning Later by David M. Cote

Winning Now, Winning Later

David M. Cote
How Companies Can Succeed in the Short Term While Investing for the Long Term
4.3 (42 ratings)
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What's Winning Now, Winning Later about?

Winning Now, Winning Later (2020) shows the path to lasting business success. Drawing from David Cote’s experience turning around a Fortune 500 multinational, it explains that choosing between short-term and long-term success is a false choice – a successful business can and must operate with both in mind.

Who should read Winning Now, Winning Later?

  • Business leaders of leaders
  • Managers looking to set a culture
  • Process optimizers

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Strategy Books: The Scrum Fieldbook by J.J. Sutherland

The Scrum Fieldbook

J.J. Sutherland
A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future
4.5 (136 ratings)
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What's The Scrum Fieldbook about?

The Scrum Fieldbook (2019) is a practical, hands-on guide to the scrum organizational framework within the Agile mindset. This concise manual recaps how scrum works to increase work velocity and to ensure any team delivers the right impact for the business. It also explains how to implement Scrum in any organization across all industries from software to home renovation and even to the military.

Who should read The Scrum Fieldbook?

  • Small companies looking for big results
  • Managers aiming to streamline their team
  • Anyone interested in cutting-edge organizational techniques

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Strategy Books: Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz

Clockwork

Mike Michalowicz
Design Your Business to Run Itself
4.7 (154 ratings)
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What's Clockwork about?

Clockwork (2018) explains how entrepreneurs can grow their enterprises without sacrificing their sanity. The trick is implementing smart systems and standard operating procedures that allow your business to run like clockwork without your constant input, freeing you up to tackle the challenges or embrace the opportunities that come your way.

Who should read Clockwork?

  • Anyone dreaming of starting a small business
  • Solopreneurs who are ready to scale in an intelligent way
  • Entrepreneurs who can’t exactly remember the last time they took a vacation

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Strategy Books: Transforming Project Management by Duane Petersen

Transforming Project Management

Duane Petersen
An Essential Paradigm for Turning Your Strategic Planning Into Action
3.8 (110 ratings)
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What's Transforming Project Management about?

Transforming Project Management (2021) sets out to address a number of problems in the world of project management. From strategic planning to scheduling and budgeting, it points in the direction of smoother and more successful projects.

Who should read Transforming Project Management?

  • Experienced project managers looking to up their game
  • Anyone skeptical about the usefulness of project management
  • Executives eager to hire better management consultants

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Strategy Books: Testing Business Ideas by David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder

Testing Business Ideas

David J. Bland and Alexander Osterwalder
A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation
4.4 (103 ratings)
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What's Testing Business Ideas about?

Testing Business Ideas (2021) explores how entrepreneurs can use experimentation to give their new venture the best chance of success. It outlines the rationale behind testing, and describes a framework for deciding how to proceed. 

Who should read Testing Business Ideas?

  • Anyone working at a small company or start-up
  • Entrepreneurs hoping to turn their big idea into a profitable venture 
  • Business students looking for fresh insights

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Strategy Books: Solving the Productivity Puzzle by Tim Ringo

Solving the Productivity Puzzle

Tim Ringo
How to Engage, Motivate and Develop Employees to Improve Individual and Business Performance
3.8 (149 ratings)
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What's Solving the Productivity Puzzle about?

Solving the Productivity Puzzle (2020) is a guide for people management professionals. It covers topics such as learning and development, motivation of the workforce, and planning strategies. It’s essential reading for HR professionals who want to build a culture in which people can thrive.

Who should read Solving the Productivity Puzzle?

  • HR managers interested in change programs
  • Those looking for the perfect job
  • Managers who want to improve their employee productivity

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Strategy Books: Radical Product Thinking by R. Dutt

Radical Product Thinking

R. Dutt
The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter
4.1 (347 ratings)
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What's Radical Product Thinking about?

Radical Product Thinking (2021) lays out a step-by-step approach to developing game-changing products. Taking aim at the iteration-led approaches to product development that have become popular in recent years, it provides an inspiring, vision-driven alternative. 

Who should read Radical Product Thinking?

  • Product developers 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Change-makers

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Strategy Books: The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

The Phoenix Project

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford
A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
4.5 (215 ratings)
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What's The Phoenix Project about?

The Phoenix Project (2013) explores how integrating the Development and IT Operations teams of a company’s IT department can improve communication, accelerate workflow, and increase value. It uses a fictional lens to unpack a common real-life scenario – demonstrating how the DevOps approach enables organizations to deftly adapt to sudden changes, updates, or market pressures.

Who should read The Phoenix Project?

  • Business leaders looking to increase value through their IT department 
  • IT managers seeking to streamline their teams’ workflow
  • Tech employees wondering how different parts of a business interrelate

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Strategy Books: Strategic Kaizen™ by Masaaki Imai

Strategic Kaizen™

Masaaki Imai
Using Flow, Synchronization, and Leveling Assessment to Measure and Strengthen Operational Performance
4.4 (83 ratings)
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What's Strategic Kaizen™ about?

Strategic Kaizen (2021) examines the principles and practices of corporations that have embraced lean thinking – a paired-down, customer-oriented production process pioneered in postwar Japan. Also known as the Toyota Production System, this managerial philosophy is all about maximizing efficiency and reducing waste by making many small changes. 

Who should read Strategic Kaizen™?

  • Managers and leaders
  • Technophiles and car lovers
  • Strategists and planners

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Strategy Books: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great

Jim Collins
Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't
4.5 (615 ratings)
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What's Good to Great about?

Good to Great (2011) presents the findings of a five-year study by Jim Collins and his research team. They identified public companies that had achieved enduring success after years of mediocre performance and isolated the factors that differentiated those companies from their lackluster competitors. These factors have been distilled into key concepts regarding leadership, culture, and strategic management.

Who should read Good to Great?

  • Managers, founders, and executives who want to take their business to the next level
  • Leaders seeking to simplify their business strategy 
  • Anyone interested in leading a great corporate culture

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Strategy Books: Continuous Discovery Habits  by Teresa Torres

Continuous Discovery Habits

Teresa Torres
Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value
4.2 (282 ratings)
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What's Continuous Discovery Habits about?

Continuous Discovery Habits (2021) explores how product managers and designers can keep making a positive impact on their customers’ lives. It explores an optimal decision-making process for product teams, so that they can continue to improve their offerings. 

Who should read Continuous Discovery Habits ?

  • Product managers looking for a new way of working
  • Entrepreneurs seeking a fresh perspective on creativity
  • Product designers

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Strategy Books: Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Start With Why

Simon Sinek
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
4.6 (1,108 ratings)
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What's Start With Why about?

Start With Why (2009) tackles a fundamental question: What makes some organizations and people more innovative, influential, and profitable than others? Based on best-selling author Simon Sinek’s hugely influential lecture of the same name, the third most-watched TED talk of all time, these blinks unpack the answer to that conundrum. As Sinek’s examples show, it’s all about asking why rather than what.

Who should read Start With Why?

  • Managers and team leaders 
  • Entrepreneurs building their brand 
  • Self-starters in need of a bit of inspiration

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Strategy Books: Leadership by Henry Kissinger

Leadership

Henry Kissinger
Six Studies in World Strategy
4.3 (383 ratings)
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What's Leadership about?

Leadership (2022) is a detailed analysis of six monumental twentieth-century leaders. By examining both the circumstances that formed these leaders and the strategies they used to shepherd their respective nations through periods of turmoil, it presents invaluable lessons for anyone working to shape the world’s future. From Charles de Gaulle’s strategy of will to Anwar Sadat’s strategy of transcendence and beyond, it serves as a historical debriefing on some of the defining leadership strategies of the last century.

Who should read Leadership?

  • History and politics geeks
  • Aspiring politicians
  • Biography lovers

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Strategy Books: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

The Innovator’s Dilemma

Clayton Christensen
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
4.4 (485 ratings)
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What's The Innovator’s Dilemma about?

The Innovator’s Dilemma explains why so many well-established companies fail dismally when faced with the emerging markets they create. This Blink focuses on one of the book’s central themes: disruptive innovation.

Who should read The Innovator’s Dilemma?

  • Anyone interested in why big companies are so vulnerable to disruptive technologies
  • Business executives
  • Anyone who wants to take advantage of technological innovations

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Strategy Books: On War by Carl von Clausewitz

On War

Carl von Clausewitz
4.3 (381 ratings)
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What's On War about?

On War (1832) is widely considered to be a landmark book on the subject of war. In its serious and thoughtful consideration of why and how states engage in warfare, it continues to be an influential piece of writing centuries later.

Who should read On War?

  • History buffs
  • Those interested in the politics and morality of war
  • Anyone curious about military strategy

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Strategy Books: The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War

Sun Tzu
4.1 (1,154 ratings)
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What's The Art of War about?

The Art of War (fifth century BCE) is a Chinese military treatise that many global figures, including Mao Zedong and Douglas MacArthur, have used to inform their leadership strategies. Along with military tactics that can be applied to culture, politics, business, and sports, it highlights the skills good leaders need to have. 

Who should read The Art of War?

  • Anyone interested in the foundations of good leadership
  • Those who want to gain a competitive advantage 
  • People who find themselves in confrontational situations

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Strategy Books: The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins

The First 90 Days

Michael D. Watkins
Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
2.9 (400 ratings)
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What's The First 90 Days about?

The First 90 Days (2006) maps out the critical transition period for any business leader taking on a new role. It offers comprehensive and practical strategies for surviving – and thriving – past the first three months.

Who should read The First 90 Days?

  • Business leaders tackling a new role
  • Aspiring leaders preparing for their next move
  • Anyone looking to reduce their vulnerabilities as a leader

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Strategy Books: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Strategy

W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
4.1 (495 ratings)
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What's Blue Ocean Strategy about?

Blue Ocean Strategy (2004) is a business classic that revolutionized the way companies think about market competition. It explains why some businesses can grow uncontested, while the rest tear each other to bits in a hypercompetitive environment.

Who should read Blue Ocean Strategy?

  • entrepreneurs eager to get ahead of their competition
  • investors deciding which companies to back
  • business students who want to better understand market forces

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Strategy Books: The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword
4.6 (383 ratings)
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What's The Book of Five Rings about?

The Book of Five Rings (1643) is one of the most insightful texts to have ever been written about the nature of confrontation. Penned by a wandering samurai in seventeenth-century Japan, it’s a timeless study of the mindset of the warrior – literal and figurative.

Who should read The Book of Five Rings?

  • Martial artists
  • Strategists  
  • Leaders

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Strategy Books: The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

The 33 Strategies of War

Robert Greene
4.1 (285 ratings)
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What's The 33 Strategies of War about?

The 33 Strategies of War (2006) distills the essential lessons of military strategy into a series of memorable vignettes. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, this wide-ranging study of tactical masterstrokes and follies offers fascinating insights into human psychology and motivation.

Who should read The 33 Strategies of War?

  • Thinkers and doers
  • History buffs
  • Psychologists

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Strategy Books: Empowered by Marty Cagan with Chris Jones

Empowered

Marty Cagan with Chris Jones
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products
4.1 (90 ratings)
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What's Empowered about?

Empowered (2020) is a written master class that guides ordinary people to create extraordinary products. Discover how to create profitable products that consumers love!

Who should read Empowered?

  • Tech product owners looking to lead with purpose
  • Lovers of influential product designs
  • Anyone curious about how great tech gets made

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Strategy Books: The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

The 1-Page Marketing Plan

Allan Dib
Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd
4.4 (244 ratings)
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What's The 1-Page Marketing Plan about?

The 1-Page Marketing Plan (2018) is a streamlined, step-by-step framework for developing your own customized marketing strategy. With only one page, businesses can build and implement a marketing plan that attracts new customers and drives growth.

Who should read The 1-Page Marketing Plan?

  • Online marketing newbies
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Disorganized business owners

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Strategy Books: How Big Things Get Done by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner

How Big Things Get Done

Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner
The Surprising Factors Behind Every Successful Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration
4.0 (232 ratings)
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What's How Big Things Get Done about?

How Big Things Get Done (2023) explores what it takes to make large-scale projects work. It tackles tough questions like why so many big projects fail, and what makes the ones that succeed stand out from the rest. With real-life success stories as well as cautionary tales, its lessons can be applied to projects of any size, shape, or form. 

Who should read How Big Things Get Done?

  • Project managers looking to hone in their skills
  • Anyone about to embark on a new project or start a new business
  • Fans of Elon Musk wanting to learn how he works his magic

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Strategy Books: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

Unreasonable Hospitality

Will Guidara
The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
4.4 (363 ratings)
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What's Unreasonable Hospitality about?

Unreasonable Hospitality (2022) illustrates how surpassing expectations can take your service-based business to the next level. Through a collection of anecdotes and firsthand experiences, it imparts valuable insights into customer service, as well as employee management.

Who should read Unreasonable Hospitality?

  • Hospitality professionals
  • Anyone in the service industry
  • Business owners and leaders

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Strategy Books: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

The Goal

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.5 (226 ratings)
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What's The Goal about?

The Goal (1984) is a trailblazing example of the “business novel” genre, seamlessly blending fictional storytelling with practical business advice in a revolutionary manner. Experience the corporate journey of Alex Rogo as he endeavors to rescue his struggling company from going bust. Through Alex’s perspective, uncover valuable insights into topics like streamlining manufacturing operations and enhancing team productivity.

Who should read The Goal?

  • The ‘newbie’ manager
  • The experienced pro seeking a new perspective
  • General learners curious about the manufacturing world

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Strategy Books: $100M Offers by Alex Hormozi

$100M Offers

Alex Hormozi
How To Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No
4.3 (297 ratings)
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What's $100M Offers about?

$100M Offers (2021) is a guide to creating Grand Slam Offers – big-ticket products or services that sell themselves. By breaking down the psychology of pricing and perceived value, Alex Hormozi teaches readers how to differentiate and optimize their offer until it’s irresistible. 

Who should read $100M Offers?

  • Those launching their first business 
  • Serial entrepreneurs 
  • People working in sales or marketing 

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Strategy Books: Myths of Strategy by Jérôme Barthélemy

Myths of Strategy

Jérôme Barthélemy
Dispel the Misconceptions and Deliver a Winning Strategy
4.6 (77 ratings)
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What's Myths of Strategy about?

Myths of Strategy (2022) responds to the oversimplified generalizations of modern business gurus and consultants by debunking assertions about strategy. Using peer-reviewed research, the book holds advice on business strategy to the same stringent standards as other scientific and sociological fields of study.

Who should read Myths of Strategy?

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • C-Suite executives
  • Business students

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Strategy Books: Third Shift Entrepreneur by Todd Connor

Third Shift Entrepreneur

Todd Connor
Keep Your Day Job, Build Your Dream Job
3.9 (20 ratings)
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What's Third Shift Entrepreneur about?

Third Shift Entrepreneur (2021) offers an effective mindset and strategies for starting or growing your business – without having to quit your day job. It weaves key observations throughout a fictional narrative about a group of entrepreneurs, then breaks out these points for closer examination with examples from real-world startup scenarios.

Who should read Third Shift Entrepreneur?

  • Anyone interested in starting a side hustle
  • People struggling to launch their business 
  • Small business owners looking to take their company to the next level

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Strategy Books: 7 Powers by Hamilton Helmer

7 Powers

Hamilton Helmer
The Foundations of Business Strategy
4.5 (168 ratings)
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What's 7 Powers about?

The 7 Powers (2016) is about the strategic positions that have won great success for many companies and brought great failure to others. It gives case studies for each power as well as insights into why these powers did or didn’t work.

Who should read 7 Powers?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • The Executive Suite
  • Business Students

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Strategy Books: Strategy Sprints by Simon Severino

Strategy Sprints

Simon Severino
12 Ways to Accelerate Growth for an Agile Business
4.1 (27 ratings)
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What's Strategy Sprints about?

Strategy Sprints (2022) is a deep-dive into the world of strategic innovation and accelerated business growth. The focus is on out-of-the-box methods for making your business stand out, mastering your time, nurturing customer relationships, and ensuring steady growth. It’s an inspiring journey that empowers you to break free from the ordinary and make your mark in the business realm.

Who should read Strategy Sprints?

  • Forward-thinking entrepreneurs seeking rapid business growth
  • Aspiring strategists looking for modern, effective methodologies
  • CEOs desiring to innovate and streamline their business operations

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Strategy Books: Marketing Strategy by Jenna Tiffany

Marketing Strategy

Jenna Tiffany
Overcome Common Pitfalls and Create Effective Marketing
4.1 (139 ratings)
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What's Marketing Strategy about?

Marketing Strategy (2021) is a comprehensive guide that decodes the intricacies of crafting and implementing effective marketing strategies. It introduces the reader to a practical framework known as STRATEGY, exploring each component through real-world examples and actionable insights. From setting smart objectives and understanding target audiences, to measuring performance and conducting post-mortem analyses, it provides a roadmap to marketing success. 

Who should read Marketing Strategy?

  • Marketing professionals and students
  • Entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses or nonprofits
  • Career switchers considering marketing

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Strategy Books: Strategic Project Management Made Simple by Terry Dean Schmidt

Strategic Project Management Made Simple

Terry Dean Schmidt
Solution Tools for Leaders and Teams
4.1 (140 ratings)
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What's Strategic Project Management Made Simple about?

Strategic Project Management Made Simple (2009) is a guide outlining how to develop clear and impactful strategies for projects of all sizes. It offers a practical framework for managing stakeholders, reducing risk, and building in learning cycles so you can adapt plans amid changing conditions.

Who should read Strategic Project Management Made Simple?

  • Executives and strategic planners
  • Project managers
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs

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Strategy Books: The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker

The Toyota Way

Jeffrey K. Liker
14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
4.5 (178 ratings)
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What's The Toyota Way about?

The Toyota Way (2003) delves into Toyota's unique approach to lean manufacturing and continuous improvement. It shares the foundational principles that drive Toyota's exceptional operational and organizational culture, emphasizing long-term thinking, respect for people, and problem-solving. These principles have revolutionized business, and have been adapted and applied beyond manufacturing to various sectors and industries.

Who should read The Toyota Way?

  • Anyone curious about Lean Manufacturing 
  • Business leaders seeking process improvement strategies
  • Management students and professionals studying best practices

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Strategy Books: Rewired by Eric Lamarre & Kate Smaje & Rodney Zemmel

Rewired

Eric Lamarre & Kate Smaje & Rodney Zemmel
The McKinsey Guide to Outcompeting in the Age of Digital and AI
3.8 (168 ratings)
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What's Rewired about?

Rewired (2023) presents a transformative roadmap crafted by the world's foremost management consultancy. It guides businesses on enhancing customer experiences, streamlining costs, and harnessing the immense potential of digital and AI. Dive in, and position your company for unparalleled long-term success.

Who should read Rewired?

  • Business leaders navigating digital transformation
  • Teams spearheading AI-driven enterprise initiatives
  • Consultants seeking proven digital strategy blueprints

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Strategy Books: Sell Like Crazy by Sabri Suby

Sell Like Crazy

Sabri Suby
How to Get As Many Clients, Customers and Sales As You Can Possibly Handle
3.9 (16 ratings)
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What's Sell Like Crazy about?

Sell Like Crazy ( 2019 ) is a comprehensive guide that unveils step-by-step strategies for attracting your ideal customers and converting them into loyal, high-paying clients. It presents a proven blueprint for escalating your customer acquisition efforts and outlines a consultative approach to significantly enhance conversion rates.

Who should read Sell Like Crazy?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking sales growth
  • Marketers seeking conversions
  • Business owners looking for new customers

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Strategy Books: 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

80/20 Sales and Marketing

Perry Marshall
The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More
4.3 (125 ratings)
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What's 80/20 Sales and Marketing about?

80/20 Sales and Marketing (2013) hands you a magic lens so you can zoom in on what truly matters in your business. Uncover how to focus just 20 percent of your efforts to unlock 80 percent of your profit. Get ready to amplify your impact and ditch the grind.

Who should read 80/20 Sales and Marketing?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking efficient growth strategies
  • Salespeople optimizing client outreach
  • Marketers refining campaign effectiveness

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Strategy Books: Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra & Max H. Bazerman

Negotiation Genius

Deepak Malhotra & Max H. Bazerman
How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
4.1 (182 ratings)
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What's Negotiation Genius about?

Negotiation Genius (2007) equips you with the tools to master the art of negotiation in any scenario. Discover how to decode your counterpart's motives, debunk common negotiation myths, and pivot around obstacles like a pro. Your deal-making skills will never be the same.

Who should read Negotiation Genius?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic negotiation skills
  • Law professionals in arbitration and mediation
  • Sales teams aiming for win-win outcomes

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Strategy Books: Analysis Without Paralysis by Babette E. Bensoussan

Analysis Without Paralysis

Babette E. Bensoussan
10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions
4.1 (194 ratings)
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What's Analysis Without Paralysis about?

Analysis Without Paralysis is a practical guide to the ten most powerful strategic analysis tools that will help you make better and faster business decisions. It is a simple and straightforward tour through models such as Porter’s Five Forces, PEST, and SWOT, teaching you when and how to utilize these powerful techniques.

Who should read Analysis Without Paralysis?

  • Managers who want to build a competitive strategy
  • All types of entrepreneurs
  • Business Owners wanting to turn data into information

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Strategy Books: Ideaflow by Jeremy Utley & Perry Klebahn

Ideaflow

Jeremy Utley & Perry Klebahn
The Only Business Metric That Matters
4.2 (61 ratings)
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What's Ideaflow about?

Ideaflow (2022) introduces the concept of ideaflow – the rate at which original ideas can be generated – as a key business metric. It also shares practical strategies for optimizing ideaflow at the personal and professional level.

Who should read Ideaflow?

  • Frustrated creatives who can’t seem to get their ideas flowing
  • Busy professionals who just don’t have time to be creative
  • Founders and CEOs seeking tools to drive corporate innovation

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Strategy Books: The Outsiders by William Thorndike

The Outsiders

William Thorndike
Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
3.6 (65 ratings)
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What's The Outsiders about?

The Outsiders (2012) upends conventional notions of what makes a successful CEO. It offers detailed profiles of eight out-of-left-field business leaders and shares key learnings from their groundbreaking, original, and surprising strategies.

Who should read The Outsiders?

  • Managers and executives looking beyond conventional business wisdom
  • Early career employees with CEO-sized ambitions
  • Anyone looking to inject creativity into their leadership style

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Strategy Books: Jobs to Be Done by Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman & David Farber

Jobs to Be Done

Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman & David Farber
A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation
4.1 (41 ratings)
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What's Jobs to Be Done about?

Jobs to Be Done (2016) offers an up-to-date look at one of the most respected strategies for creating sought-after, innovative products. This methodology is laser-focused on customer research and understanding what they need in order to get jobs done.

Who should read Jobs to Be Done?

  • CEOs looking for new ideas
  • Marketing and design fanatics
  • Research and development teams

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Strategy Books: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win

A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
How Strategy Really Works
3.6 (319 ratings)
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What's Playing to Win about?

Playing to Win (2013) introduces a strategic framework that illustrates how companies can achieve success by making deliberate and well-considered choices. It delves into the "Five Choices Framework," detailing essential decisions that leaders must make to develop winning strategies. Using real-world examples, it emphasizes that a disciplined approach to strategy can create sustainable competitive advantage and turn companies into industry leaders.

Who should read Playing to Win?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to refine their business strategy for market dominance
  • Business students curious about practical strategic frameworks used by leading corporations
  • Start-up founders looking to position their ventures for success in competitive markets

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Strategy Books: Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall

Nine Lies About Work

Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall
A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
3.7 (81 ratings)
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What's Nine Lies About Work about?

Nine Lies About Work (2019) challenges common beliefs and practices in the workplace, proposing that many widely accepted truths about work are actually misconceptions. It aims to shift our understanding of work, advocating for a focus on individual strengths, the importance of the team, and the intrinsic love of work.

Who should read Nine Lies About Work?

  • Managers seeking to improve team dynamics and performance
  • Employees looking to enhance their work experience and productivity
  • Anyone interested in reevaluating and challenging traditional workplace practices and beliefs

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Strategy Books: Elite Sales Strategies by Anthony Iannarino

Elite Sales Strategies

Anthony Iannarino
A Guide to Being One-Up, Creating Value, and Becoming Truly Consultative
3.5 (61 ratings)
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What's Elite Sales Strategies about?

Elite Sales Strategies (2022) is a guide designed to catapult you from being a typical salesperson to a trusted consultant. It dives into the One-Up strategy that not only sells but also connects and provides value to clients.

Who should read Elite Sales Strategies?

  • Salespeople seeking to progress from average to elite through new strategies
  • Seasoned sales pros wanting to sharpen their skills and learn modern tactics
  • Anyone into sales

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Strategy Books: 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times by Tom Ziglar

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times

Tom Ziglar
Coaching Your Team Through Immense Change and Challenge
4.5 (11 ratings)
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What's 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times about?

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times (2021) provides a framework for leaders navigating major change, concentrating on core virtues such as kindness, humility, and respect. Ziglar’s insights advocate for a Coach Leadership style that cultivates each team member’s unique dreams and abilities, ensuring that businesses thrive even in difficult times.

Who should read 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times?

  • Modern motivators
  • Team-centric visionaries
  • Digital desk directors

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Strategy Books: The Founder's Mentality by Chris Zook & James Allen

The Founder's Mentality

Chris Zook & James Allen
How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth
3.7 (36 ratings)

What's The Founder's Mentality about?

The Founder’s Mentality (2016) explores the essential role a strong, clear “founder’s” mentality plays in the sustained growth and health of a company. It outlines how businesses can avoid common growth-related pitfalls by maintaining an insurgent mission, a frontline obsession, and an owner’s mindset.

Who should read The Founder's Mentality?

  • Entrepreneurs navigating early stages of growth
  • Established business leaders seeking renewed growth
  • Small business owners facing expansion challenges

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Strategy Books: Talent Wins by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton & Dennis Carey

Talent Wins

Ram Charan, Dominic Barton & Dennis Carey
The New Playbook for Putting People First
3.0 (25 ratings)

What's Talent Wins about?

Talent Wins (2018) advocates for a radical shift in business strategy to prioritize human capital, asserting that talent management should be at the core of organizational decision-making. It emphasizes the need for agility, collaboration, and a continuous learning culture to foster a high-performing workforce. And it provides practical strategies and recommendations to drive transformation and ensure that talent is leveraged effectively for business success.

Who should read Talent Wins?

  • Business executives and leaders
  • Entrepreneurs and startup founders
  • Business students and educators

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Strategy Books: Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani

Competing in the Age of AI

Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani
Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
3.5 (141 ratings)
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What's Competing in the Age of AI about?

Competing in the Age of AI (2020) unveils a future where AI is the cornerstone of business. It reveals how AI removes age-old business constraints, enabling a quantum leap in scale, scope, and learning. Step into a realm where strategy is reinvented and the economy is reimagined, offering both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges for leaders in the digital epoch.

Who should read Competing in the Age of AI?

  • Tech entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt traditional business models
  • Executives exploring the impact of AI on operational and strategic decisions
  • Business strategists interested in digital transformation and innovation

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Strategy Books: Obviously Awesome by April Dunford

Obviously Awesome

April Dunford
How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It
3.9 (178 ratings)
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What's Obviously Awesome about?

Obviously Awesome (2019) is a guide on how to master the art of product positioning. It compiles insights and strategies from two decades of experience in B2B tech marketing, providing actionable advice for selling a product's unique attributes to the right audience. 

Who should read Obviously Awesome?

  • Startup founders in technology sectors
  • Marketing professionals specializing in B2B products
  • Entrepreneurs looking to improve market fit

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Strategy Books: Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson

Ready, Fire, Aim

Michael Masterson
Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat
3.7 (175 ratings)
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What's Ready, Fire, Aim about?

Ready, Fire, Aim (2007) reveals proven business-building methods for achieving success fast. It also shows how you can duplicate winning strategies across multiple lucrative ventures so you never have to rely on just one. Learn essential entrepreneurial skills and strategies to vastly improve any business endeavor while positioning yourself to enjoy financial freedom.

Who should read Ready, Fire, Aim?

  • Experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Career professionals
  • People working in sales or marketing

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Strategy Books: Plain Talk by Ken Iverson

Plain Talk

Ken Iverson
Lessons from a Business Maverick
3.9 (177 ratings)
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What's Plain Talk about?

Plain Talk (1997) unveils the secrets behind a revolutionary approach to business management, where flat hierarchies and employee empowerment lead the charge. It’s a playbook for building a successful, innovative company that thrives on trust, transparency, and breaking the traditional corporate mold.

Who should read Plain Talk?

  • Business leaders seeking innovation
  • Entrepreneurs and startup founders
  • Human resources experts-to-be

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Strategy Books: Scaling People by Claire Hughes Johnson

Scaling People

Claire Hughes Johnson
Tactics for Management and Company Building
3.6 (42 ratings)
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What's Scaling People about?

Scaling People (2023) offers practical leadership and management advice for founders and executives creating high-growth startups. Drawing on the author’s experience leading operations and people at top technology companies, it guides companies in building the systems needed to scale their most valuable asset – their people.

Who should read Scaling People?

  • Founders and executives
  • Leaders seeking company growth
  • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their startups

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Strategy Books: Managing Transitions by William Bridges & Susan Bridges

Managing Transitions

William Bridges & Susan Bridges
Making the Most of Change
3.8 (109 ratings)
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What's Managing Transitions about?

Managing Transitions (1991) delves into the critical difference between change and transition, emphasizing that successful change hinges on managing the psychological transitions of those involved. It offers practical strategies for helping people adapt to change, underscoring the importance of understanding and addressing the human side of transition to ensure organizational success.

Who should read Managing Transitions?

  • Business owners and managers preparing for a change
  • Business leaders with a big plan for the future 
  • Anyone facing resistance to organizational change

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Strategy Books: Product Operations by Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles

Product Operations

Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles
How Successful Companies Build Better Products at Scale
3.6 (36 ratings)
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What's Product Operations about?

Product Operations (2022) makes the case for implementing dedicated systems and roles to align complex product development processes across an organization. Covering team structures, discovery methods, development workflows, and continuous optimization, it provides frameworks to facilitate cross-functional transparency and harmony from conception through to delivery and iteration. 

Who should read Product Operations?

  • Product managers seeking insights into implementing product operations
  • Business analysts and product owners looking to streamline product roadmaps, release oversight or feedback integration
  • Collaborators in marketing, sales or UX design who want to better understand the broader vision of the product life cycle

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Strategy Books: The Strategy Legacy by Alex Brueckmann

The Strategy Legacy

Alex Brueckmann
How to Future-Proof a Business and Leave Your Mark
4.3 (96 ratings)
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What's The Strategy Legacy about?

The Strategy Legacy (2023) is a groundbreaking exploration of strategy and leadership. Catering to a wide audience, from experienced executives to emerging entrepreneurs, it provides invaluable insights, practical examples, and engaging illustrations to equip readers with the tools they need to future-proof their organizations.

Who should read The Strategy Legacy?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic growth and organizational development
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to align strategy with company identity
  • Executives focused on long-term success and leadership skills

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Strategy Books: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto

Blair Enns
3.9 (181 ratings)
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What's The Win Without Pitching Manifesto about?

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto (2018) outlines 12 proclamations that guide creative business owners in distinguishing themselves from competitors and mastering client relationships. It emphasizes a strategic approach for those selling ideas and advice, focusing on winning business without compromising their creative integrity or drafting extensive proposals.

Who should read The Win Without Pitching Manifesto?

  • Creative business owners seeking to refine their client relationships and business strategies
  • Consultants and advisors in the creative industry looking to enhance their value proposition
  • Entrepreneurs in creative fields who want to transition from generalists to niche experts

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Strategy Books: Sustainable Leadership by Clarke Murphy

Sustainable Leadership

Clarke Murphy
Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World
3.2 (9 ratings)
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What's Sustainable Leadership about?

Sustainable Leadership (2022) explores the strategies and insights from top CEOs who’ve successfully integrated sustainability into their business models. It serves as a comprehensive guide for leaders aiming to achieve remarkable sustainability results, offering practical advice and real-world examples. The focus is on vision, courage, and grit as essential qualities for sustainable leadership.

Who should read Sustainable Leadership?

  • CEOs and senior business executives
  • Business strategy and leadership students
  • Entrepreneurs interested in sustainable business practices

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Strategy Books: No-Excuses Innovation by Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst

No-Excuses Innovation

Bruce Vojak & Walter Herbst
Strategies for Small- and Medium-Sized Mature Enterprises
4.2 (13 ratings)
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What's No-Excuses Innovation about?

No-Excuses Innovation (2022) offers a transformative approach for small- and medium-sized enterprises looking to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. It uncovers the secrets of design thinking and emotional design to deepen customer connections and drive innovation. It also emphasizes the importance of continuous renewal, strategic innovation management, and understanding customer needs to navigate challenges and steer your business towards sustained success and industry leadership.

Who should read No-Excuses Innovation?

  • Owners of small- or medium-sized enterprises
  • Product designers
  • Innovation strategists

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Strategy Books: Choose Your Enemies Wisely by Patrick Bet-David

Choose Your Enemies Wisely

Patrick Bet-David
Business Planning for the Audacious Few
4.3 (26 ratings)
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What's Choose Your Enemies Wisely about?

Choose Your Enemies Wisely (2023) presents a system for creating a practical yet emotional business plan that goes beyond tactics to explore the deeper motivations and vision that drive exponential success. It demonstrates how to harness negative emotions about “enemies” to fuel entrepreneurial fire and achieve ambitious goals.

Who should read Choose Your Enemies Wisely?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start or rapidly grow a business
  • Business leaders aiming to build a motivated, high-performance company culture
  • Anyone who feels held back by naysayers and wants to prove them wrong

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Strategy Books: Leading Through Inflation by Ram Charan & Geri Willigan

Leading Through Inflation

Ram Charan & Geri Willigan
And Recession and Stagflation
3.9 (93 ratings)
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What's Leading Through Inflation about?

Leading Through Inflation (2022) explores the significant impact of inflation on businesses, emphasizing its role in consuming cash, squeezing margins, and disrupting forecasts and plans. It provides practical guidance and strategies for CEOs and executives to navigate these challenges, offering advice on how to thrive in an inflationary business environment.

Who should read Leading Through Inflation?

  • CEOs and senior business executives
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Business School Students and Professors

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Strategy Books: Culture Is the Way by Matt Mayberry

Culture Is the Way

Matt Mayberry
How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
4.0 (7 ratings)
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What's Culture Is the Way about?

Culture is the Way (2023) provides an insightful blueprint for enhancing employee engagement and achieving peak productivity in the workplace. This guide delves into how leaders across all levels can cultivate a workplace culture that fosters organizational excellence and maximizes the potential of every employee. It shows how to build a dynamic and effective organizational culture that drives success and impact.

Who should read Culture Is the Way?

  • Leaders seeking to enhance workplace culture and employee engagement
  • Managers aiming for organizational excellence and team development
  • Business professionals interested in leadership and cultural transformation

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Strategy Books: The Leader In You by Dale Carnegie

The Leader In You

Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends, Influence People & Succeed in a Changing World
5.0 (1 ratings)
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What's The Leader In You about?

The Leader in You (1993) reveals how tapping into your enthusiasm and creativity can help you connect more effectively and work more productivelyDrawing on insights from leaders across a wide range of fields, this practical guide includes strategies to hone your leadership strengths, boost your self-confidence, and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Who should read The Leader In You?

  • Managers or employees striving to become effective leaders
  • People craving better relationships with friends and colleagues
  • Perennial worriers who want to reenergize their outlook on life

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Strategy Books: Glad We Met by Steven G. Rogelberg

Glad We Met

Steven G. Rogelberg
The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings
3.7 (12 ratings)
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What's Glad We Met about?

Glad We Met (2023) examines the transformative power of one-on-one meetings. This insightful exploration reveals why these meetings are not just a managerial duty but a cornerstone of effective leadership and team development. Learn to master the balance among productivity, relationship-building, and employee growth.

Who should read Glad We Met?

  • The emerging leader
  • Experienced executives
  • The HR professional

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Strategy Books: A New Way To Think by Roger L. Martin

A New Way To Think

Roger L. Martin
Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness
3.2 (11 ratings)
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What's A New Way To Think about?

A New Way To Think (2011) presents a paradigm shift, arguing that companies could achieve sustainable success and shareholder returns by prioritizing customer satisfaction over the traditional focus on maximizing shareholder value.

Who should read A New Way To Think?

  • Business leaders
  • Shareholders
  • Customer experience advocates

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Strategy Books: Going on Offense by Behnam Tabrizi

Going on Offense

Behnam Tabrizi
A Leader's Playbook for Perpetual Innovation
4.0 (4 ratings)
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What's Going on Offense about?

Going on Offense (2023) equips you with the strategies to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. Dive into the stories of industry giants who dared to be different, and learn how to apply their bold approaches to your own challenges. Unleash your potential to lead change and drive your company toward a future of continuous growth and success.

Who should read Going on Offense?

  • Aspiring tech industry leaders
  • Corporate strategy enthusiasts
  • Innovation-driven business students

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Strategy Books: Uncommon Service by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Uncommon Service

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business
4.4 (13 ratings)
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What's Uncommon Service about?

Uncommon Service (2012) unveils an innovative approach to conquering the business world. It emphasizes excellence in customer service by making strategic trade-offs and focussing on what the customers value most.

Who should read Uncommon Service?

  • Startup founders
  • Customer relationship managers
  • Strategy consultants

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Strategy Books: The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking by Michael D. Watkins

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking

Michael D. Watkins
Leading Your Organization Into the Future
4.4 (13 ratings)
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What's The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking about?

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking (2024) is a comprehensive guide designed to enhance your leadership skills by focusing on strategic thinking. It identifies six key components of strategic thought: mental agility, pattern recognition, political savvy, problem-solving, systems analysis, and visioning, each essential for recognizing threats and opportunities, establishing priorities, and driving organizational success. Offering a blend of academic insights and practical tools, it aims to develop and nurture your strategic thinking, making it an invaluable resource.

Who should read The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking?

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking strategic skills
  • Executives facing complex organizational challenges
  • Professionals interested in leadership and organizational change

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Strategy Books: Real-Time Leadership by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

Real-Time Leadership

David Noble & Carol Kauffman
Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
4.2 (6 ratings)
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What's Real-Time Leadership about?

Real-Time Leadership (2021) dives into how leaders can make quick and strategic decisions during high stakes situations using the practical M-O-V-E framework.

Who should read Real-Time Leadership?

  • Emerging leaders
  • Experienced decision-makers
  • Individuals in high-stakes roles

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What's the best Strategy book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Crossing the Chasm as the ultimate read on Strategy.

What are the Top 10 Strategy books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
  • Built to Last by Jim Collins
  • Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  • Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
  • The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
  • Hooked by Nir Eyal
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
  • Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

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When it comes to Strategy, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Geoffrey A. Moore
  • Jim Collins
  • Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  • Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
  • Richard Koch