These books will teach you how to leave your mark in a business-focused world.
The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker
One part business educator and one part economic philosopher, Peter Drucker was the father of modern management theory, and the foundation of most of his work has only strengthened with time. This book is a comprehensive compilation of his previous works and publications. It covers pretty much everything worth knowing about the discipline of management.
The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
This is the book that coined the term “disruptive innovation,” and it’s essentially a full-length case study on the problems companies face as they mature in a particular market. Christensen teaches at Harvard University, and he is considered a giant in the business and academic worlds. It’s a must-read for anyone with interest in how markets evolve over time.
Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull
Catmull is a pioneer in both business and technology innovation. Creativity Inc. takes us through his experience managing Pixar Animation Studios over the years where his teams were incredibly successful over a long and consistent period. Exploring the intersection of business and creativity, it shares a lot of really original lessons about driving results.
Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger
Everybody has heard of Warren Buffett, but few know of Charlie Munger: his equally ingenious partner in crime. This is a collection of many of Munger’s talks and speeches over the years. Although it will resonate more with those interested in the art of investing, there is enough general and cross-disciplinary wisdom squeezed in to keep most people engaged.
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Silicon Valley has very much changed our world, and this book provides insight into the very different mind of one its legendary investors. Thiel is big on thinking for himself, and it shows throughout. Some will disagree with his views, but no one will argue that they’re not at least thought-provoking. Zero to One contains more than a few hidden nuggets of wisdom.