Three business books worth reading

We all know the best way to start a business is to get out there and start one. But from time to time I like to read business management books – call it a guilty pleasure.

 

While I’m a little dubious as to how effective business books really are, they often provide some unique insight from some leading minds – and they’ve given me a few ideas along the way it must be said.

 

Here’s three I’m enjoying at the moment:

 

Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay

 

The blurb

 

“The best way to achieve any complex or broadly defined goal-from happiness to wealth to profit to preventing forest fires – is the indirect way.”

 

Why I like it

 

In this book John Kay, a renowned economist, argues for the oblique approach to solving problems and achieving business success. It’s an interesting read that is bound to make you think, and understand why some of the most successful firms aren’t just profit-driven.

 

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

 

The blurb

 

“Did you know that the most creative companies have centralised bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the colour blue can help you double your creative output?”

 

Why I like it

 

I’m interested in what role creativity can play in business development. This book by Jonah Lehrer is provoking because it suggests creativity is not a talent possessed by the few – it can be harnessed by anyone using a number of thought processes and strategies.

 

The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowieki

 

The blurb

 

“Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.”

 

Why I like it

 

This book by New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki is a classic. He argues that large groups of people are smarter than an elite few when it comes to smart thinking. It’s an insightful tome for any business owner looking to get the most out of their workforce.