Best Business Books

Posted May 22, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

We all want to enhance our careers, and sometimes we don’t know where to find resources for management, marketing, career transitions, etc. Of course, you can visit sites like Career Girl Network, and spend time searching the internet for exactly what you’re looking for. But if you’re like most people in business, you’ll also go offline and look for books – both online and in bookstores – to help you get ahead. And you’ve probably had the experience of standing idle in Barnes and Noble staring blankly at the business section thinking, “Hmmmmm……..”

Problem solved! I stumbled upon The Suitcase Entrepreneur and her recent blog post “Six Best Business Books to Read in 2012.” I know I’m heading straight to my iBooks to buy these, and you should too.

Let’s add to this list. What are your favorite business books? Why would you recommend them to others?


UPDATE: Giveaway today. Comment on this post with your favorite business book and you’ll be entered to win three of the best business books on the market. You’ll win:

  • By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis-Wilson
  • How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life in Leadership by Marilyn Carlson Nelsol
  • Personal History by Katharine Graham

Giveaway will close on Friday, May 25th at 12:00pm. Winners announced Friday afternoon. Comment now! (Be sure to enter your email address so I can contact the winner – one entry per person.)

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."



    Some of my favorites include:

    Delivering Happiness: The Path to Profits, Passion, & Purpose – Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

    Rework – Jason Fried, CEO, 37signals

    It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques – Captain Mike Abrashoff

    How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

    The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell


    I just finished The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I highly recommend it!


    I recently read The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann. I think it will be the future of successful businesses! (at least I hope so)

    Erin Bachmann

    I really enjoyed the “Art of Happiness at Work” by the Dali Lama. Which actually tied in with your recent posts about work and life balance!


    Wow thanks for reposting lovely lady. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recommendations. I’m reading some more on my iPad now and have some being sent to me so looking forward to doing another review. I also loved Delivering Happiness and have heard great things about the Go Giver. I also have Rework sitting in my `must read’ pile….


    There are TONS of business books on the market… I offer many of them to corporate professionals across the web universe at I would have to say my personal favs are 1) The Power of Focus; 2) From Values to Action, 3) Double Digit Growth (Treacy); 4) Success is not a spectator sport; 5) Execution and any other books written by Ram Charan.

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