Our list of the Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year offers us the chance to recommend some books that really shine during the new year. Are you looking to change or improve your habits? Are you thinking about our changing technology and how it is changing your life? Do you need to get a grip on your work environment? Do you want to improve your thinking? If so, have a look below. And to find even more, you can see our full list of the Best Business and Leadership Books of 2020 here.
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, PhD
BJ Fogg is the director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford, and his work is cited in some of those other popular books about habit formation that you may have heard about, or even read. This book is all about using habits to improve your behavior. Starting with the premise that "tiny is mighty," Fogg will show you small ways that will help you to make big changes. His approach works as well as any book I have read on the subject (and probably a little better).
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
A few years ago, most readers of this post would have been reading it on their laptop or desktop computer. Now most people are reading it on their phones. Could we have seen that change coming? It's debatable. But what isn't debatable is that the future, as the book says, is faster than you think. Futurists Diamandis and Kotler look at all the different emergent technologies, and at the convergence of those technologies, to posit how they will affect our lives in the future. And they will. From transportation to retail to advertising to education to health, entertainment, food, and finance.
Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo
For many people, the home has also become the place of work. For others, being home means there is time to think about what it will be like to return to work one day—and how that might look different. Marie Kondo has worked miracles for millions, helping them to clean up their closets and discard the things that don't give us joy. Here, she and Scott Sonenshein tackle the work environment.
You may not be a rocket scientist, but you can think like one. Rocket science is all about imagining the unimaginable and then achieving the seemingly impossible. Ozan Varol (a former rocket scientist) walks us through the steps it takes to think, plan, and achieve like one.
Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty is not happy with the current state of things. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century captured very clearly how money is being transferred from the working class to the moneyed class (basically, and with apologies to Piketty, if the markets rise at 10% and real wages rise at 1%, the gains are all in the markets). In his new book, he looks at history, politics, and solutions. It's a book a lot of people have been waiting for.
Here's a list of books to help you get off to a great start in 2021.