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9 business books you MUST read in 2016

Looking for inspiration to start a business in the New Year? Check out these top business books as recommended by successful entrepreneurs...

From business ideas and advice to a peek into the minds of some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, business books are a powerful resource for anyone thinking about launching a start-up.

The world's most prolific business owners have used business books to shape their thinking and get a different outlook on enterprise and ways of working. For instance, billionaire mogul Warren Buffett credits Dale Carnegie's book (see below) for shaping his attitude and perspective on life and business.

With the New Year just around the corner, we've compiled our must-read business books for 2016 using recommendations from UK entrepreneurs.

Bookmark this list and get reading to build a better start-up business…

1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

Recommended by: Lahrie Mohamed of LMSL, and Jonathan Cridland of Lumie

Mohamed: “I recommend Steve Jobs’ autobiography. He achieved great things by never losing sight of what makes entrepreneurs tick; the eagerness to improve the day-to-day lives of their customer base.”

2. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

the art of the start

Recommended by: Oliver Tezcan, founder of The Idle Man

Tezcan: “I actually read this after I had started the business, but I wish I had read it before. It’s a brutally accurate synopsis of the ins and outs of launching a start-up.”

3. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries


Recommended by: Dee Gibbs, founder of Liberty Communications, Mark Sait of, Paul Sulyok of Green Man Gaming, and Christian Lanng of Tradeshift

The Lean Startup appears in our business book feature for the second year in a row, following numerous recommendations from our community of small business owners. The book promises to offer a new approach to business that will change the way companies are built and new products are launched.

4. Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed


Recommended by: Richard Powell, founder of Crimson & Co

Powell: “A great book to convince doubters (and especially entrepreneurs) that success really is in your own hands, you just need to put in the right amount of hard work, in the right way.”

5. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh


Recommended by: Jeremy Torz, co-founder of Union Hand Roasted Coffee, and Rune Sovndahl of Fantastic Services

Torz: “This is all about culture and value in business, and about having more of a focus on your people and their passions, so as to deliver amazing customer service.”

6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Recommended by: Ciaron Dunne of Genie Ventures

Dunne: “It’s a very cheesy book, but it focuses on the message that an asset is something that earns you money. The learning is to surround yourself with assets and break the link between your time and your ability to earn. That has become one of the cornerstones of the way I try to arrange my life.”

7. 88 The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money by Felix Dennis

88 the narrow road

Recommended by: Joanne Smith, founder of The Consulting Consortium

Smith: “An amazing business bible!”

8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

how to win friends and influence people

Recommended by: Paul Statham, founder of Condeco Software

Statham: “It's a must read for anyone in business and is still relevant and informative after all these years.”

9. It’s Not How Good You Are: It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

Paul Arden

Recommended by: Barry Houlihan, founder of MobileInteractive and BreatheSport

Houlihan: “It’s an easy read, two hours maximum, but it really makes you think.”


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