Must Read Business Books

Competition around is killing and it has really become very challenging to carve a place in the real business world. One of the key factors which can help you create an impression is by seeking “Knowledge”. What better than books can serve this purpose, may it be through any medium – paper or E-book.

Books can help in providing the kind of knowledge required to survive in this competitive scenario.

Some of the must read books for Management students:

Lead like Jesus: Lessons from the greatest leadership role model of all times by Kenneth H. Blanchard

The book focuses on four key areas that can direct you towards becoming the incredible leader you aim to be. The four areas are:

Heart: What is your motivation as a leader, where do you see yourself?

Habits: How do you revive and renew yourself as a leader?

Hands: Do you set specific goals and measure your performance on a consistent basis

Head: What are your viewpoints and beliefs about leadership?

Freakonomics: Rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Steven Levitt

The book uses various instances to examine how and why people act the way they do in a given set of situations. The author has tried to achieve this through the lens of economics, noting, “Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life.” They apply the methods of economics to all sorts of real-world scenarios not often considered for serious study.

Several scenarios from recent history and everyday experience are presented in the book. You can find answers to questions such as – In what way do the working worlds of Chicago school teachers and Japanese sumo wrestlers intersect?

Weekend with Warren Buffet and other shareholder meeting adventures by Randy Cepuch

This is a humorous, business-related travelogue which portrays at how companies in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom treat their investors during the brief period when the welcome mat is out.

Mr. Buffett has shared his insights about the world. In addition to a great deal of smart advice, the book is full of amusing incidents and stories, and a useful guide for amateur shareholders as well as the seasoned investors.

Infinite vision: How Aravind became the world’s greatest business case for compassion Pavithra Mehta

The book throws light on the functioning of Aravind Eye Hospital at Madurai.  It shows how Dr. V chose an impossible new dream: to cure the world of blindness.

It was a tiny clinic and is now the largest provider of eye care on the planet. Here, patients choose whether to pay or not. Millions are treated for free, yet the organization remains stunningly self-reliant, which is a business lesson to learn. Its model is emulated by organizations everywhere from Rwanda to San Francisco.

It depicts how Dr. V has combined entrepreneurship and innovation; his insights on leadership and management forge a path forward for the social as well as corporate sectors.

“Leading apple with Steve Jobs: management lessons from a controversial genius” by Jay Elliot

The author is the former Senior VP of Apple, and shares how Steve Jobs motivated people to do the best work of their lives. He was hired personally by Steve Jobs, to accompany him to Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, the visits that changed the course of computing.

In this book, Jay explains how Steve managed and motivated his people, what and how every manager can learn from Jobs.Steve Jobs used the phrase “Pirates! Not the Navy” as a rallying cry, a metaphor to “Think Different.”

The book also explains how to find talented people, who understand their objectives. Mentions qualities that can determine whether a person will be so committed to the vision that they will be their own motivation.