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Top 10 New Business Books

At NCU, we pride ourselves on teaching cutting-edge business ideas, theories and strategies in the classroom. However, innovative ideas and concepts are not limited to scholarly mediums. Best-selling books, readily available to anyone, are full of creative, innovative, and effective practices and methods. With hundreds of thousands of business books available on Amazon alone, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Here we’ve culled down the list to our top 10 best business books to read from last year:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth

The book landed on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was released last year. Duckworth has researched grit for years and this book examines the power of grit - that ability some people have to keep interest in and achieve long-term goals - and how you can get grittier.

“Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike” by Phil Knight

Learn how Phil Knight just did it by building Nike from start-up into icon.

“The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

This thought-provoking book by two authors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Digital Business discusses the new technological age we are entering, and how society should be optimistic, yet mindful, of the challenges ahead.

“Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum” by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits and Jonas Koffler

Written by three top entrepreneurs, this book helps readers learn how to break through day-to-day drudgery by using small tweaks, and chasing the right pursuits to propel you forward.

“Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

In a world that loves to multi-task, this book examines how detrimental it is to success. The author gives suggestions on how to focus intently on one task. It was a Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller last year.

“Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg

This book lays out eight main concepts including focus, decision-making and goal setting to explain why some people and companies seem to get so much more done.

“Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days” by Jake Knapp, Josh Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz

Three Google Venture partners lay out a five-day plan for solving tough problems, claiming it to be a process proven to work at over 100 companies.

“Best Job Ever!: Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life” by Dr. CK Bray

Written by an expert in career development, this book is a roadmap to uncovering how to create your dream career and achieve financial success.

“The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success” by Emma Seppälä

Drawing on the latest research, the author uncovers that finding happiness and fulfillment is the most productive thing in finding professional success. The book is filled with tips to become happier.

“Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent” by Sydney Finkelstein

Drawing on interviews with more than 200 leaders, the Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business professor reveals the distinguishing characteristics of “superbosses.” 

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