10 To-Read Books for Decision-Makers

The leading role in any company brings a great number of responsibilities. Thus, chiefs and executives require constant food for thought and development materials to boost their professional skills. Business reads keep CxOs on top of their game. To stay tuned to hot market trends, draw new ideas, and even adopt another way of thinking, feel free to add these entrepreneurial books to your reading list. 

Success Stories

While the most successful people of our planet are ready to share their way to wealth and recognition, grasp the opportunity to learn from the best. Learn from their highs and lows and find your path. 

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 

The New York Times bestselling biography depicts the life of Steve Jobs unknown to us. This creative entrepreneur stands as an icon of the modern technology industry but only a few know what a hectic life that’s been. 

Walter Isaacson’s work has gathered countless hours of interviews with the man himself and his family to show the intense life of a modern person with goals and aspirations. 

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Great minds plan for the future. Our progress and development attract modern leaders the most. A highly-reviewed biography of the most controversial visionary of the decade was named the best-selling book in the year of its release. 

Ashlee Vance manages to capture and share the insights of the Tesla and SpaceX projects, as well as gives readers a new look at Musk as a relentless perfectionist. The book is crude and honest which makes the read all the more capturing. 

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Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company and Revolutionized the Industry by Marc Benioff and Carlye Adler

A success story is not necessarily about a person. Companies have their own stories to tell. The founder and CEO of Salesforce.com shares all downfalls of the business and how the team has managed to overcome them. This book is an ideal guide on managing a developing brand in the times of “market disturbances” like the infamous Dotcom bubble crash and what strategies can bring a company to prosperity. 

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Business management handbooks

Simple yet precise guides and tips show the right way to manage your company. Written by people with years of directorial experience, each one of these books represents the quintessence of the best business practices. 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things is one of the most referenced business management handbooks. Ben Horowitz has immeasurable experience in creating, selling, and promoting tech companies, being a notable entrepreneur of Silicon Valley. The work contains his personal tips on running a startup and dealing with pitfalls. 

This book captures readers through the trademark sense of humor of its author and a shocking yet so suitable inclusion of his favorite song lyrics! 

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The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkison

Amy Wilkinson is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her book gives fresh insight into the world of business and highlights six skills a CEO has to learn to lead their company in the right direction.

Years of entrepreneurial practice and research are united in one comprehensive business handbook. Any businessman aspiring to become a CEO in the future can start preparing for the role with this small guide. 

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni 

The third book in the management series of Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team uncovers the truth about how teams work. The book is an excellent guide for team leaders, managers, and CEOs that teaches how to build a good team and sustain a healthy atmosphere within. The guide can be used for team-building meetings or as a personal instruction for higher-position managers. Increase your employees’ productivity through creativity and teamwork.

The other two books of the series include The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. Both of them can be a great addition to the reading list of any CEO.

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For Inspiration

Sometimes, company leaders require a bit of inspirational read instead of a step-by-step guide of how to behave and run your business. Such books give a fresh view on the mundane things and human nature in general. 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 

In 2014, The Power of Habit was named one of the best books of the year. This work gives you a new look at the way your habits are formed and what you can do to develop the right ones. The Power of Habit helps you to take a deeper look at human nature.

Charles Duhigg is a reporter working with The New York Times and a member of the Pulitzer award-winning team. The author gathers tons of scientific research materials, his personal experiences, and the stories of his friends into one powerful and enjoyable book about human behavior in business and nature. 

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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

This book on your recommended list will be a piece solely for inspiration and light reading. This is an entertaining book about the way people think and behave without even realizing the reasons and connections in our mind. In Blink, we meet a professional psychologist, an antiquities expert, and many other people with the unique perceptiveness of a human mind.

Revolutionize your way of thinking! 

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Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business by Bradon Black and Shayne Hughes

The award-winning authors have presented a book that can change the way you “rule” your company. A unique two-voice narrative is effective in building credibility of each and every story. Both authors have years of working experience in corporal leadership to have experienced first-hand how personal insecurities of one can damage a whole company.

This book is an effective and authentic guide on letting go of your ego to open your whole business potential.

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Sentrium Recommends Special 

Setting the Table: The Transforming Party of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer

Setting the Table is a fresh book, last year’s The New York Times bestseller. The main book material is the author’s experience in the restaurant business and how important “hospitality” is. Yet, both the author and Sentrium believe in the importance of good customer relations in any business. This book helps readers to transfer the restaurant business experience in treating customers to any company. 

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