Best books 2014

Must read 2014 business books – before diving into 2015’s top reads!

So we’re already into 2015 and a bunch of new hotly tipped business books are already hitting the shelves. Before diving into these, here’s a summary of some of the stand-out must read 2014 business books:

Inc magazine‘s Top 3 went with:

1. How to Be a Power Connector – Judy Robinett

As somebody who is often overwhelmed by people who want to “connect” with me, Robinett’s system of differentiating between levels of contact was truly a revelation. It’s one of those books I wish I’d been able to read two decades ago.

Sounds impressive – one to add to the list…

2. The Ambitious Woman – Esther Spina

Interestingly, Girlboss was voted No,1 by Goodreads. There appears to be a theme here…

3. Money: Master the Game – Tony Robbins

This features across most of the Top 10 lists for 2014 and its Robbins’ first book in a while on a subject he apparently feels quite passionate about. Although I’ve yet to read it, I’ve heard its quite US-centric but the interview sessions in the back are apparently worth the price of admission in of themselves. It took the No.1 spot in the New York Times best seller list for 2014.

Entrepreneur magazine put The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson at the No.1 spot in their list of Amazing Books in 2014. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson and How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Pikkety’s Capital in the 21st Century took first prize in the FT (good to see this available to borrow for free within the Kindle Unlimited library) whilst Creativity Inc seemed to be a repeat star across the majority of top 10 lists.

Forbes magazine looks to Blinklist to help get through as many of their suggested top 10 books in as little time as possible – a kind of Cliff’s Notes for business books. Incidentally they put Ben Horowitz’s The Hard thing about Hard things as the only 2014 book in that list aside from First, Break All The Rules, Marcus Buckingham.

So having run through this whistle-stop tour of the top business books in 2014, I can see my library getting even bigger – perhaps I’ll need to take a leaf out of Zuckerberg’s book (pardon the pun) in reading a new book every other week

Any books from 2014 that you loved that we missed?

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