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Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz - Mar 04, 2014
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A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, b...
Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight - May 01, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel - Sep 16, 2014
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If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise t...
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
Deep Work
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Cal Newport - Jan 05, 2016
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One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work ...
The ONE Thing
The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Gary Keller - Apr 01, 2013
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The One Thing explains the success habit to overcome the six lies that block our success, beat the seven thieves that steal time, and leverage the laws of purpose, priority, and productivity....
The War of Art
Steven Pressfield - Jun 16, 2015 (first published in 2002)
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Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
Principles
Life and Work
Ray Dalio - Sep 19, 2017 (first published in 2011)
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Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, ...
The Effective Executive
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
Peter F. Drucker - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 1966)
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What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits...
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
Al Ries - Apr 27, 1994 (first published in 1993)
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There are laws of nature, so why shouldn't there be laws of marketing?As Al Ries and Jack Trout—the world-renowned marketing consultants and bestselling authors of Positioning—note, you can build an impressive airplane, but it will never leave the ground if you ignore the laws of physics, especially gravity. Why then, they ask, shouldn't there also...
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
Traction by Gino Wickman
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
The Power of Broke by Daymond John
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin
Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
GRINDING IT OUT by Ray Kroc
Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman
Decisive by Chip Heath
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
Titan by Ron Chernow
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove
Sam Walton by Sam Walton
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
Finish by Jon Acuff
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni
The Upstarts by Brad Stone
Unshakeable by Tony Robbins
80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
Competition Demystified by Bruce C. Greenwald
Rich20Something by Daniel DiPiazza
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got by Jay Abraham
The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman
How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
Who Is Michael Ovitz? by Michael Ovitz
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath
Range by David Epstein
Thirst by Scott Harrison
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher
Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
Value Proposition Design by Alexander Osterwalder
Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink
Keep Going by Austin Kleon
The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Winning With People by John C. Maxwell
The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey
Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
Margin by Richard Swenson
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Greg Steinmetz
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay
Insight by Tasha Eurich
Extraordinary Popular Delusions by Charles Mackay
The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser
The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall E. Stross
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender
The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed
Mastery by Robert Greene
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
Secrets of Sand Hill Road by Scott Kupor
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefevre
The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks
The Outsiders by William N. Thorndike
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Give and Take by Adam Grant
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Super Pumped by Mike Isaac
Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham
The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
Wooden by John Wooden
The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer