Books

Stay on your toes with extracts from and reviews of the latest and most important business books, plus bespoke reading lists from CEOs. 

Mind-expanding books for CEOs

Mind-expanding books for CEOs

Pete Trainor, CEO of VALA Health, shares a reading list to make you future-fit.

The Kremlin guide to negotiation

The Kremlin guide to negotiation

Soviet diplomats developed sophisticated methods of getting what they wanted. Here's a selection.

Read like a CEO: Paul Eagland, BDO

Read like a CEO: Paul Eagland, BDO

Philosophy, maths and biology are the only leadership tools required, says Paul Eagland, managing partner...

Leadership lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis

Leadership lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis

As the world stared down the barrel of nuclear war, JFK was a model of...

The business books leaders should be reading in summer 2019

The business books leaders should be reading in summer 2019

Our list of upcoming or newly released titles explores letters on life, what it takes...

How Intel won the microprocessor wars

How Intel won the microprocessor wars

Andy Grove's OKR system enabled Intel to snatch victory over Motorola from the jaws of...

Why you should read Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?

Why you should read Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?

BUSINESS CLASSIC: This book attempts to answer the time-worn question of what followers actually want...

Who killed the record industry?

Who killed the record industry?

How Music Got Free reads like a pacy thriller. Sadly for record label owner Geoff...

Don't let just a few people hog the decision-making

Don't let just a few people hog the decision-making

The Wisdom of Crowds shows the benefit of gaining the opinions of a wide range...

Why you should read about Toyota's production system

Why you should read about Toyota's production system

BUSINESS CLASSIC: Managers can learn a lot from Taiichi Ohno's 1988 tome.

11 business books to read in 2019

11 business books to read in 2019

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

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People - 15 years on

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People - 15 years on

BUSINESS CLASSIC: 15 years and countless inferior imitations later, Stephen Covey's personal development book still...

There's no room for fluffiness if you want to get things done

There's no room for fluffiness if you want to get things done

Straight talk and robust action are the watchwords in the business classic Execution by Larry...

The business books CEOs should be reading: Autumn 2019

The business books CEOs should be reading: Autumn 2019

Our list of upcoming or newly released titles explores trust, AI and the East India...

Read like a CEO: Julian Richer

Read like a CEO: Julian Richer

Ethical business and challenging perspectives are themes of the high street electronics boss' bookshelf.

Read like a CEO: Anne Boden, Starling Bank

Read like a CEO: Anne Boden, Starling Bank

The founder of one of the UK's top challenger banks says books provide a constant...

A reading list for introverted leaders

A reading list for introverted leaders

A huge part of business is knowing how to pick yourself up, says this beauty...

Read like a CEO: Adam Sharp, CleverTouch

Read like a CEO: Adam Sharp, CleverTouch

Quakers, All Blacks and software CEOs all inspire this avid reader.

Proctor & Gamble vs the great unbundling

Proctor & Gamble vs the great unbundling

Economies of scale no longer guarantee success. How has P&G fought back against its nimbler,...

How to have children and a career and stay sane(ish)

Huge childcare costs. Reduced earning power. Diminished status. Discrimination. Christine Armstrong, author of The Mother...

Diversity and democracy go hand in hand

Diversity and democracy go hand in hand

With good leadership, differences of opinion make us stronger, argue authors Chris Lewis and Pippa...

What Brexit means for the British MBA

What Brexit means for the British MBA

Facing local protectionism in a globalised world, business schools cannot afford to play it safe,...

Nespresso boss: 'Sustainability is non-negotiable'

Nespresso boss: 'Sustainability is non-negotiable'

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of capsule coffee brand Nespresso, on why sustainability is right to the...

Why you should be more childlike at work

Why you should be more childlike at work

Unleashing your inner toddler might seem like mad behaviour, but minus the tantrums it makes...

Look beyond Silicon Valley for inspirational business success

Look beyond Silicon Valley for inspirational business success

William C Taylor's new book looks at all manner of unusual companies start-ups learn...

'Seek a calling' - Nike creator Phil Knight

'Seek a calling' - Nike creator Phil Knight

You have to admire the Nike founder's drive, rule-breaking and determination to build the biggest...

Diplomatic lessons for the digital age

Diplomatic lessons for the digital age

BOOK REVIEW: In Naked Diplomacy, a former ambassador looks at how to navigate the new...

What CEOs are reading - October 2018

What CEOs are reading - October 2018

Finding time, living fearlessly and leading at speed are on this month's boardroom reading list....

Could the US collapse into debt and decay in the future?

Could the US collapse into debt and decay in the future?

BOOK REVIEW: Lionel Shriver presents a dystopian vision of an impoverished and impotent US in...

This book gives the inside story of Uber - but is Travis Kalanick 'epically vulgar'?

This book gives the inside story of Uber - but is Travis Kalanick ...

REVIEW: Wild Ride is a lively account of Uber's journey and its CEO Travis Kalanick,...

Read like a CEO: Paul Smith, Salesforce

Read like a CEO: Paul Smith, Salesforce

The tech company's UK boss is inspired by sprinter Michael Johnson and explorer Ernest Shackleton....

What CEOs are reading - June 2018

What CEOs are reading - June 2018

Working with intelligent machines, harnessing your creativity and the problem of evil all feature in...

What CEOs are reading - August 2018

What CEOs are reading - August 2018

Leadership's multiplier effect, the AI delusion and Yuval Noah Harari's 21st century lessons all feature...

Why failure informs success

Why failure informs success

The Project Saboteur...and How to Kill Him is a light-hearted read on people who ruin...

How to make the sharing economy work

How to make the sharing economy work

BOOK REVIEW: From Airbnb to Uber, The Sharing Economy is a comprehensive and scholarly analysis...

Should we be optimistic about the future of tech?

Should we be optimistic about the future of tech?

Daniel Franklin's book Megatech explores how technology will influence our lives in 2050.

Do men really need advice for living with an alpha female?

Do men really need advice for living with an alpha female?

BOOK REVIEW: Spare a thought for older, white men adjusting to the modern world.

What CEOs are reading - July 2018

What CEOs are reading - July 2018

A new dark age, cruel and dangerous social media and Sean Spicer feature in this...

The hard facts about half-truths

The hard facts about half-truths

BUSINESS CLASSIC: After reading this, you won't trust your gut feeling until you've got some...

Lead to Succeed: A new look at leadership

Lead to Succeed: A new look at leadership

If you want to move up from being a Mach 1 to a Mach 2...

What does a meaningful life and career look like?

What does a meaningful life and career look like?

BUSINESS CLASSIC: In his book Chasing Daylight, the terminally ill boss of KPMG Eugene O'Kelly...

The frugal innovator: creating change on a shoestring budget

The frugal innovator: creating change on a shoestring budget

The Frugal Innovator's author offers some bold ideas for making our limited resources go further....

What CEOs are reading: April 2018

What CEOs are reading: April 2018

Books on people power, risky business and virtual reality will be in the top ten...

What happens to your business if you get COVID-19?

What happens to your business if you get COVID-19?

Four bosses who caught coronavirus share their tips.