A cosy corner, car rides, flights or in-between meetings…there is always a right place or time to read a book. No doubt, reading opens up a world of knowledge, and it’s no secret that reading can help you get ahead in your work. Unsurprisingly, the most successful people are avid readers. With a shortage of time and an overload of work, committing to a book seems time consuming and a tad daunting. By not inculcating a habit of reading, you’re closing yourself to a host of information and experiences. So, what do you do? Read several short books on business, loaded with powerful information about selling, managing, and strategising. Here is a list of books that can easily be read between business meetings or in the comfort of your hotel room.
1. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
There is no secret to becoming a great salesman; if you can’t sell your ideas, products or services, you won’t make it. A must-read for all the aspiring and in-business entrepreneurs out there.
2. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt
The shortest way to understand basic economic through Henry Hazlitt’s stellar work. The classic focuses on non-government solutions, free markets, economic liberty of individuals and the dangers of government intervention.
3. Just Do Your Best by Chuck Harwood
The essence of performing successfully on your job in only 108 pages. An insightful book, which uses fifteen workplaces as examples for five critical factors in job success.
4. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things by Atul Gawande
In a world of great and increasing complexity, Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. A quintessential read, which depicts how one simple idea can make a huge difference.
5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
A compelling read, which discloses five dysfunctions that can make even the best teams struggle. Lencioni’s novel is perfect for those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
6. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
The 150-page book makes you question the accuracy of statistics and highlights the fact that these can be deceptive. If this book can work for Bill Gates, it can indeed work for you!
7. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
A world-renowned classic packed with knowledge. Allen’s work emphasises the principles of success and states that to be successful, you must first be successful in your mind.
8. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Learn the basic yet compelling principles of wealth management with this ultimate guide to personal finance. Clason reveals the principles through a seemingly simple collection of parables set in the historical city of Babylon.
9. Poke the Box by Seth Godin
Godin elaborates why it’s not about thinking outside the box; rather it’s about ‘poking’ the box. Poke the Box is an inspiring book for anyone, who faces the challenge of doing something for the first time.
10. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
A book, which outlines the characteristics of individuals who start with ‘Why’. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek discusses how those who start with ‘why’ never manipulate, they inspire. And, people who follow them don’t do so because they have to; they follow because they want to. With all these incredible books and many more, your business trip is bound to be more productive than you ever thought. So, stuff your bag with your favourites out before you go on your next business trip! Happy Reading!