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Books are a great way of learning the ins and outs of the life and to help in building self-confidence. Books provide you with immense amount of knowledge in a relatively short amount of time, and it is one of the greatest ways to improve your abilities.

The only concerns are that there are a huge number of books available and there are much more to come. You can do a google search and search for the best books but then you get hundreds and hundreds of them for you to select, so that doesn’t help a lot either unless you want to spend a full day going through all those lists. So, these are some of the top 14 books which are well known and read by some famous successful business men’s including warren buffet, Steve jobs etc.

People who achieve the most in life are keen on self-improvement, which is why they’re also often voracious readers. Here are some excellent titles to check out, recommended by nearly two dozen successful executives.

“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” – Mark Twain

1. Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman (Behavioural)

In his book, Daniel Kahneman takes his readers on an exploration of the mind, examining the two types of thought processes that drive the way people think. The first system is a fast, intuitive, and emotional one. The second system is a slower, more deliberate, logical one. He also explores the effect of cognitive biases on behaviour as varied as investors playing the stock market to families planning their yearly vacation. Kahneman shows how human thinking can be better understood by knowing how these two-systems shape judgment and decision-making.

About the author: Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioural economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

2. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason (Finance)

The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. The book remains in print almost a century after the parables were originally published and is regarded as a classic of personal financial advice.

“What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot of its George Clason’s delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money. This is a great gift for a graduate or anyone who seems baffled by the world of finance and a wonderful, refreshing read for even the most experienced investor.” (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author: George Samuel Clason was an American author. He is most often associated with his book “The Richest Man in Babylon” which was first published in 1926.[

3. The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz (Behavioural)

The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction, but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

About the Author: David Joseph Schwartz, Jr. was an American motivational writer and coach, best known for authoring “The Magic of Thinking Big” in 1959. He was a professor of marketing, chairman of the department, and Chair of Consumer Finance at Georgia State University.

4. The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham (Finance)

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

“By far the best book on investing ever written.” (Warren Buffett)

About the Author: Benjamin Graham was a British-born American economist and professional investor. Graham is considered the father of value investing, an investment approach he began teaching at Columbia Business School in 1928.

5. The 80/20 Principle – Richard Koch (efficiency)

The 80/20 principle is one of the greatest secrets of successful people and corporations. According to this principle, 20 percent of the customer’s account for 80 percent of the revenue.
This principle is also known as the Pareto principle and in this book, you will learn how to apply this principle to your business. Richard Koch explains how this principle influences modern business and how you can use it in a systematic and practical way to increase the effectiveness and improve the value of your company. This book is one of the best books for CFO.

About the Author: Richard H. Koch was an American judge, railroad magnate, and prominent member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

6. Good to Great – Jim Collins (management)

Why some companies make the Leap and others don’t is a great management book by James C. Collins. In this book, the author explains how companies transition from being good companies to great companies and how they sustain this transition. James also explains how some companies fail to do this. James also explains the main reasons behind the success of great modern companies and how you can follow their footstep to achieve greatness. This book is a great resource for every CFO as it will help them to understand the formula for achieving greatness.

About the Author: James C. Collins is an American researcher, author, speaker and consultant focused on the subject of business management and company sustainability and growth

7. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie (Behavioural)

These books make your feel like you needed to change how you built and maintain relationships. It holds up a mirror to the reader and forces you to look inward at your own approach to building and fostering relationships. The lessons are practical and immediately applicable and are provided in such a way as to clearly highlight how the advice has been used to great effect. This book will provide you with invaluable advice in winning people over, providing others with feedback and criticism, handling feedback and criticism, and making a good impression on people. It puts the reader in the driver’s seat and immediately makes you feel as if you can succeed in building fruitful relationships.

About the Author: Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

8. The Hard Thing About Hard Thing – Ben Horowitz (Management)

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyze the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favourite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

Filled with his trademark humour and straight talk, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

About the Author: Benjamin Abraham Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder along with Marc Andreessen of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

9. Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World – Stuart Diamond (Behavioural)

Based on more than 20 years of research and practice among 30,000 people in 45 countries, Getting More concludes that finding and valuing the other party s emotions and perceptions creates far more value than the conventional wisdom of power and logic. It is intended to provide better agreements for everyone no matter what they negotiate from jobs to kids to billion dollar deals to shopping. This new model of human interaction has been chosen by Google to train the entire company worldwide (30,000 employees), is the #1 book for your career chosen by The Wall Street Journal’s website.

>About the Author: Stuart Diamond is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, attorney, entrepreneur, and author who has taught negotiation for more than 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

10. Maximum Achievement – Brian Tracy (Self-development)

Maximum Achievement is a marvellous book that provides extensive information on how to live a happier, healthier, and prosperous life. The book makes readers positive and self-confident. As well it helps them tap into their inner power and become successful in their careers. You must read the book if you want to believe in the achievement of Great things.

About the Author: Brian Tracy is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over eighty books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

11. Jack: Straight from the Gut – Jack Welch (Management)

From layoffs to glory, Jack Welch tells his story of how General Electric went from the bottom of the stockpile to an investment worth having. Management tips are woven into personal stories about good and bad decisions with continual ripple effects, such as the Crotonville training centre that moved students along the tiers of upper management. Welch puts feet on some of Peter Drucker’s favourite list of ideas, including the necessity of change and the need to build a corporation with the right people, instead of on the backs of people while bilking the customer. This business book has been included on business reading lists, from Hampden-Sydney College to Warren Buffet’s favourites of 2010.

About the Author: John Francis Welch Jr. was an American business executive, chemical engineer, and writer. He was Chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE) between 1981 and 2001.

12. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion- Robert B. Cialdini (Behavioural)

A book that’s earned its spot on the New York Times bestseller book list, Cialdini has concentrated over 30 years of research into how and why people respond with a “yes” instead of a no. Forbes magazine hailed Cialdini’s work, with its explanation of how people feel obligated to return favours (reciprocity) and why commitment is so powerful.

About the Author: Robert Beno Cialdini is the Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, as well as at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

13. 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins (Self-development)

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in 5 seconds. Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins will explain the power of a ‘push moment.’ Then, she’ll give you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self. It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do, you’ll be in great company.

About the Author: Melanie Robbins is an American television host, author, and motivational speaker. Robbins is known for covering the George Zimmerman trial for CNN.

14. Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything – Charles Conn and Robert Mclean Schwartz (Problem solving)

Complex problem solving is at the very top of the list of essential skills for career progression in the modern world. But how problem solving is taught in our schools, universities, businesses and organizations comes up short. In Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything you’ll learn the seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving developed in top consulting firms that will work in any field or industry, turning you into a highly sought-after bulletproof problem solver who can tackle challenges that others balk at.

The problem-solving technique outlined in this book is based on a highly visual, logic-tree method that can be applied to everything from everyday decisions to strategic issues in business to global social challenges. The authors, with decades of experience at McKinsey and Company, provide 30 detailed, real-world examples, so you can see exactly how the technique works in action. With this bulletproof approach to defining, unpacking, understanding, and ultimately solving problems, you’ll have a personal superpower for developing compelling solutions in your workplace.

About the Author: Charles R. Conn is a Canadian and American CEO, conservationist, and the CEO of Oxford Sciences Innovation. Previously, he was the warden and global CEO of Rhodes House and the Rhodes Trust, the organization responsible for administering the Rhodes scholarship from 2013 to 2018.

References: Good reads, Booktopia, Wikipedia and Amazon

Mohammad Usman Ali is currently working as a Director of the Financial Shared Services in Cardtronics Australasia, Australian subsidiary of an US multinational company, based in Melbourne. He is a member of various prestigious professional organisation including CPA Australia, ACCA UK and ICAP Pakistan. He is also a panel member of ACCA Australia & New Zealand chapter. He has a several years of international professional and industry experience, working with some of the world-renowned organisations including E&Y, PWC Dubai, KPMG UK, and Cardtronics UK.

Highly recommended by Izhar Khan – CEO ABN Finsights Academy – FCA & Executive Coach Marshall Goldsmith – USA.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is for information only and is not offered as an advice. Readers are encouraged to consult a suitably qualified professional adviser to obtain advice tailored to their specific requirement.

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