11 business books to read in 2019

Innovation, joy and fear feature in our list of new releases.

by Claire Warren
Last Updated: 23 Jan 2019

1. Richard Sheridan, founder of software design and development company Menlo Innovations and the man behind Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love, returns with Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear (Portfolio) – basically a paean to "self-understanding".

2. The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (John Wiley & Sons) sees Harvard Business School’s Amy C Edmondson focus on how creating a ‘safe’ mental environment for workers produces better results.

3. In The Silk Road Trap, How China’s Trade Ambitions Challenge Europe (Polity Press) Jonathan Holslag, professor of international politics at the Free University of Brussels, argues that the West’s reliance on China may be costing us more than we know.

4. Noncompliant: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street (Nation Books) is Carmen Segarra’s damning account of her time as a regulator at Goldman Sachs.

5. Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions (John Wiley & Sons) features Michael A Roberto, a professor at Rhode Island’s Bryant University, arguing that companies should never stifle creativity within their ranks.

6 and 7. Bulletproof diet entrepreneur Dave Asprey considers how to "kick ass" in Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators and Mavericks Do to Win at Life (Harper Thorsons) and, in Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation (PublicAffairs), Gary P Pisano – professor of business administration at Harvard Business School – ponders how bigger companies can be just as inventive as smaller ones.

8. Ashridge Business School’s Cliff Bowman teams up with Paul Raspin to ask What’s Your Competitive Advantage?: 7 Strategies for Running a More Profitable Business in a Complex World (FT Publishing International). Small spoiler: one strategy is "no frills".

9. Blood Orange entrepreneur Simone Bhan Ahuja’s Disrupt-It-Yourself: Eight Ways to Hack a Better Business – Before the Competition Does (HarperCollins Leadership) argues that companies should "innovate from within". 

10. Ryan Berman, head of consultancy Courageous, brings us Return on Courage: Playbook for Courageous Change (Greenleaf Book Group LLC), which studies leaders including astronauts and Navy SEALS.

11. And finally we have Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (MIT Press) by Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau, who take a look under the hood of Spotify’s business model – for good and bad.

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