I have often found that reading is one of the best ways to learn something new. There are always new business books being released. Within them can be great learning points.
You can learn how to manage staff, cut costs or even market your business. Alternatively, they can be motivating. And these books are suited for many business models, including online businesses.
Reading can also form part of your continued professional development. A way that you or your team can improve technical skills. I have found them to be a way to improve my skills while running an online business and the team that helps me.
Reading from a range of authors is one of the best tips. It allows you to take in a larger range of experiences and apply the best parts of each book to your set of experiences. I’ve found that this enables me to create a path to success that is more suitable for me based on several authors, but through actions proven to work.
With so many great business books, both new and old, which are the best?
Here are 22 of the best business books for you to consider adding to your reading list.
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni takes the reader on a bold new approach to business management. Instead of focusing on the typical sales, marketing, strategy, or technology approach, the author demonstrates there are other advantages already within the organization.
By utilizing the health of an organization, leaders can create an intelligent brand that already demonstrates expertise to impress customers/clients. And this is really important, it helped me to see the good that was already present in my business and allow me to focus output with those strengths.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Sean Covey & Chris McChesney
This book takes a look at 4DX and shows how it is a proven set of practices that help leaders be more competitive. The book takes the reader through a journey that allows them to see the three leadership mindsets for strategic commitment and how technology can be used for executive scoreboards.
Leaders will also be shown how just using one metric can be a way for better, long-term execution of projects. This is a mistake that so many business leaders make, but one I learned from. Now I don’t focus my online business on just one metric but look at a wide variety of metrics to see success.
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
Higher levels of productivity are one of the goals of many managers. The more income you can earn from less time spent working, the better the work-life balance you can achieve. This book gives you one thing that can help in numerous ways to improve your working life.
So whether you want to get better results in less time, cut through work clutter, reduce working stress or do something else, this book can help.
With me, I was able to find a way to balance running my business, TriveMyWay, without it running my life.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
One of the biggest challenges in today’s workplace is distraction and interruption. This could be because of office designs, new technology, and even work overload. This often leads to your work being, what Study Hacks refers to, as shallow work.
This book guides you into changing your habits and mindset to allow you to complete work in a more fulfilling way. Get more of the work done that you need to and please your clients/customers better.
There are so many distractions in life, but this book really helped me to cut through the distractions. Therefore, I was able to work harder and get more done in less time.
Rewire Your Brain by Leon Lyons
The average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. And about 80% of these are negative and 95% of them are the same as the day before. This is something that I often found, which is why I found this book really interesting.
These two books, compiled into one collection, help you to turn these thoughts around to be more productive and happier in your life.
As a result, you can learn how to set and achieve goals in your business. You can develop new growth mindsets that will make you happier. You will also learn how to overcome negative thoughts that can overwhelm you and set you back.
Leadership by the Good Book: Timeless Principles for Making an Eternal Impact by Brandon K. Mann and David L. Steward
This book focuses on turning around the mindset that many leaders have.
The authors argue and demonstrate how the leader’s priority should ‘to be served’ but rather ‘serve’ their employees. This unique approach is backed up with world-class experience and studies.
As a result, leaders can lead more effective and happier teams that can help brands to achieve more.
By implementing the mindset within this book, I’ve found that I’ve had happier teams, producing work of better quality than before.
Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business by Margaret H. Greenberg and Senia Maymin
This book looks at how positivity within leadership can improve business performance. You don’t just need to streamline processes or restructure, you need to look forward to the performance of your team.
This book will guide you into positive psychology and how you can set habits and not goals. You can also preview work rather than review the work, allowing for you to correct potential errors before they happen.
Setting habits, not goals have allowed me to improve the morale and productivity of those I work with.
Success Is in Your Sphere: Leverage the Power of Relationships to Achieve Your Business Goals by Zvi Band
In a world where we measure our network in the number of connections on Facebook or LinkedIn, Zvi Band demonstrates how strength can come from other connections. The reader will be taken on a step-by-step guide on how they can harness the power of existing relations for business success.
By the end of the book, you should see that focusing on existing relationships is going to offer better results than always looking for new contacts.
Using this book, I’ve found how I can reach out to people I know to get better online business results.
Hold Successful Meetings by Caterina Kostoula
Meetings are ever-present in today’s business world. But so many meetings can be considered completely unreliable. Therefore, this book is there to teach you to turn this time into something meaningful.
During the read, you will find out how to:
Equip you and your team to hold fewer but more productive meetings.
Have a more creative and inclusive environment.
Allow meeting participants to be inspired and ready to implement agreed actions.
Learning from this book, I discovered how to make more of my time productive by holding more concise meetings.
Relentless Solution Focus: Train Your Mind to Conquer Stress, Pressure, and Underperformance by Jason Selk and Ellen Reed
The human mind is hardwired to focus on problems. I was certainly guilty of this before I read this book. And as this book describes, this was a survival trait. However, this has not allowed many minds to grow. This book teaches you how to change the common mindset to be better at making decisions and solving problems.
Therefore, you can produce more positive emotions and be more productive in your day.
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham
This book allows you to learn the secret of the author to find your hidden assets, missed opportunities, and resources not utilized. The book includes lots of case studies and ideas that can help you achieve business and personal success.
These case studies were a great inspiration for me. I was able to add their lessons to my own online business and improve results.
The simple, easy-to-read book is something that can be adapted to numerous businesses and personal circumstances.
The Upbeat, Organized Home Office: Five Simple Steps to SORT and SUCCEED for an Organized Mind, Better Time Management Skills & an Office that Makes You … Succeed by Darla L DeMorrow
With more home businesses established every year, people are now looking for ways to make homes more productive. If you’re running your small business from your home, then this book can help you with five simple steps to help you organize your mind, manage your time and establish a good office environment.
With the skills learned, you can come across as more professional to your customers and clients with ease.
With so many of us, like me, working from now with our online businesses, this was an important read.
THE 1PAGE MARKETING PLAN: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand out From by Dib Allan
Many marketing plans are complicated or aren’t organized into coherent plans. This book changes that, allowing you to create a plan that is simple and fast. All you need to do is to complete a single page, divide your page into nine squares.
This book can help you get new clients and customers without the needy sales tactic that can make you look unprofessional.
And I certainly learned how to create a better marketing plan that allowed me time to focus on the activities, not on the planning.
Management Starts With You: Gain Confidence and Success as a Leader and Manager by Alan Hester
This book showcases several powerful insights that can help turn the management mindset you have into something highly productive. You can learn how to manage yourself and improve your performance that will filter through to team members.
The simple lessons have far-reaching consequences that can help you build a stronger team and business.
Using the lessons in this book, I turned my leadership style into something more positive.
One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work by Stephen Key
Having an idea is one thing, turning it into a profitable business is another. This book can help you do that while at the same time learning how to delegate and get others to buy into your ideas and plans.
Lessons within this book use the latest trends and information for success. And I found them to be a great way to be successful.
Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, and Stay Out of Trouble by Bernard B. Kamoroff
You don’t need to own a large business to learn from reading business books. If you’re looking for a book to help you start your new business, then this is a great option. It teaches you everything from conception to paying your taxes.
The author is meticulous and offers lots of useful insights to help you get started. I found the insights to be very applicable to online businesses and applied them to my own.
The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships by Susan McPherson and Jackie Ashton
Relationships are key to business success. Whether you need to build relationships with your team or start forging relationships with clients, you need to create meaningful relationships.
This book helps you take positive steps to form and nurture excellent relationships that can help your business grow.
The relationships I have with my team are thanks to the lessons I learned in this book and others. Positive relationships have helped me to form excellent teams of hard-working people.
High-Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant by Scott Wintrip
Hiring is an important part of any management decision that you take. But a lot of hirings are a failure. This book helps you to change that and instead find the talent you need for your business’ success.
Learn how to stop looking for new employees and instead find talent and cultivate it until a good position is available.
By using the techniques that are in this book, I’ve found myself more time mentoring my team and finding the talent I need from within existing teams. These lessons can be applied to traditional and online businesses alike.
Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success by Stan Beecham
Most business leaders will never reach their full potential. This is not because of the talent or experience, but due to their mindset.
This book teaches readers to get around this and to think like successful people like business people and elite-level athletes.
There are key takeaways for anyone who is looking to improve their performance across business operations.
This book has helped me increase my own business to generate more than 1,500 online website sessions per day within just six months.
Developing the Qualities of Success by Zig Ziglar
Motivation can be one of the biggest barriers that can prevent leaders from succeeding. In this book, you can find the support to grow personally and professionally through motivation.
You will hear about the four critical areas that can help including qualities, skills, abilities, and attitudes.
I had not often thought of these four elements, but this book helped me to consider them all the time.
The Manager’s Dilemma: How to Empower Your Team’s Problem-Solving by Irial OFarrell
As a result, you can improve your team’s performance and leave you with fewer interruptions.
This is something that I’ve found allows me to work harder and achieve more within my day. At the same time, my team is able to produce better results and is more motivated.
Every Job is a Sales Job: How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work by Cindy McGovern
This book offers you a path to achieving professional and personal success by selling to others. Whether you’re looking to sell to potential clients your services or a new idea to a team, this book can help you.
There is a five-step sales process to help you sell and retain with ease.
While I am not a natural salesman, this book has certainly helped me to refine my sales process to make me get more done with my time.
What should I read in 2022 business?
There are numerous books that a good leader will read. It depends on your specific requirements. Ideally, you should read a wide variety of books and take the points you need from each to apply to your organization.
What is the best business book to read?
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results is an excellent business book that is great for all levels and business situations. It can also help you to have a better work-life balance.
Are business books helpful?
Business books are very helpful in many respects. They can help with motivation, learning new skills, and more. Reading can also help you learn from the success and mistakes that other managers have made.
What kind of books do millionaires read?
Millionaires are often reading books that inspire and motivate them. They also read books that help them delegate and lead others in business situations. These books can be helpful for smaller business owners too.
Reading is a great activity for learning and ensuring that your skills are current.
Above are 22 business management books that are a great option for any leader of an online business.
These books aren’t just good for you, they can also be good for your team. I’ve found reading these books has helped me with my online business and the teams I work with.
So pick a few of my favorite books and settle in to read something new.