Must Read Business Books

Brad’s Must Read Business Books

Some books stand the test of time. Having been a reader of business and non-fiction books in general for the past 35 years, these are my top 10 “must read” business books for students, managers, and entrepreneurs.

They are in no particular order.

Although Ben Horowitz is known for his startup track record, and as a V.C., this is just one of the best general management books I’ve ever read. Very practical advice for the manager at almost any level.

Find Ben Horowitz’s book on Chapters.ca

The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Must Read Business Books

Now almost 80 years old, Dale Carnegie’s book is still relevant to anyone who seeks to get ahead in business, or life in general.  The kind of book you should read every 10 years or so…

Find it on Chapters.ca

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Must read business books

Robert Kiyosaki shows how owning income-generating assets is the answer to creating wealth much more than having any job. The key to financial independence and building wealth is investing in income generating stocks, real estate investing, and businesses.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad on Chapters.ca

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Covey’s timeless tome looks at how you can be effective not just in business but in all aspects of your life.

7 Habits on Chapters.ca

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Must Read Business Books

Jim Collins has isolated what it takes to build a really great company.  Broken down into three themes – discipled people, disciplined thought and disciplined action – this is a must read business book for any serious business student.

Get Good to Great at Chapters.ca 

Good to Great - Must read Business Books

You will be surprised to find out that the folks you think are millionaires probably aren’t, where they really are, and the tricks to becoming one.

Millionaire Next Door on Chapters.ca 

The Millionaire Next Door - Must Read Business Books

Peter Thiel is known for being an early Paypal investor, and for his role as the first V.C. to invest in Facebook. This is a must read for any startup entrepreneur.

Zero to One on Amazon

zero to one - must read business book

This story of how Thomas Watson Sr. and Jr. built IBM into the behemoth it became is incredibly interesting.

One of the few business-oriented books that I truly had a hard time putting down.

Father, Son & Co. at Amazon.ca 

Father Son and Company - Must Read Business Books

One of the absolute “Must Read” Business Books for any budding entrepreneur, this book highlights the big mistakes most small business owners make, and how to avoid them.

Mandatory reading for all my consulting clients (I buy it for them).

Get the E-Myth at Chapters.ca 

The E-Myth Revisited - Must Read Business Books

This is the bible when it comes to Lean Startup methodology. Eric Reis tells the story of how he approached starting a company in a completely new way, with an unyielding focus on the customer and business model.

Eric Reis’ The Lean Startup at Chapters.ca

lean-startup-must-read-business-books

I like all of Malcolm Gladwell’s recent books however since this is a list of Must Read Business Books, I would have to go with Outliers.The book examines the role played nature, nurture and good ol’ luck in the success of several well known, exceptional people.Get the Outliers at Chapters.ca 

Also recommended: The Tipping Point

Also recommended: David and Goliath

Outliers - one of Brad's top "Must Read" Business Books

While it seems obvious after reading the book, Blue Ocean Strategy looks at 150 strategic moves over 100+ years, and explains how the path to success isn’t so much competing with rivals as carving out new, uncontested space.

Blue Ocean Strategy at Chapters.ca

Blue Ocean Strategy

A very easy read, this 112 page book provides a simple leadership formula: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Reprimands. A vital resource for new managers or aspiring entrepreneurs.

The One Minute Manager at Chapters.ca

The One Minute Manager