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“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a strong believer that to become a leader, you have to read. Regardless of how intelligent you are and what resources you have at your disposal, reading gives you an incredible boost that helps you get ahead in life. Reading is like adding rocket fuel to your flame; it turns your airplane into a rocket. It’s like steroids for your brain, without the side effects.

I want to share with you a select list of books that helped shed light on important points related to entrepreneurship and business. I hope you like them. Please let me know what you think of any books you read and share suggestions for other books.

The Lean Startup:
The author does a great job applying the lean concept to startups. The lean method was pioneered by Toyota in the Toyota Production System. Although I felt the writing style was a little long-winded at some points in the book, the book does a great job in presenting a great idea that is sure to increase the chances of success for startups and businesses. The chapter on pivoting is super.

$100 Startup$100 Startup:
Great book that takes the complexity out of startups. The writer does a great job in organizing the book to cover relevant topics for startups. He also provides some good examples of people who started businesses with very little money and impressive results. A great book for someone who is new to business and/or startups.

 

Making It HappenMaking it Happen:
This is probably one of the books I enjoyed reading the most. It surprises many people when I recommend a book on project management based on how enjoyable it is. The topic is a dry one and the thought of reading about it makes most people want to find the quickest distraction to avoid it.  The writer did a great job presenting a great, no-nonsense methodology in a fun to read story.

This is a great book for anyone looking to startup a business or in his/her job and needs guidance on how to manage a project.


Founders At Work:
This is a great book that presents 32 interviews with founders of some great startups such as Paypal, Adobe, Flickr, craigslist, Firefox, Hotmail, Yahoo, Apple, and many others. The book is written by the co-founder of Y-Combinator, which is in my opinion the most influential forces in the startup world today. It’s a great book for someone to get a feel of what founders go through, how they think about their businesses. It’s like having lunch with 32 of the century’s most influential entrepreneurs.

The Innovator's DilemmaThe Innovator’s Dilemma:
This was one of the most influential books I ever read. This book came as an eye-opener to the world on the topic of innovation. It was one of the books that had a great impact on the late Steve Jobs. The book presented the idea of “disruptive innovation”, which became so over-used and by people and diluted by many. This is a great book for someone who wants to learn about the world of innovation in the context of business.

The Innovator’s Solution:
This book is an excellent follow up for the Innovator’s Dilemma. Where Innovator’s Dilemma prescribed what happens, the Innovator’s Solution follows up where its prequel started off and prescribes for business leaders how to approach business to avoid the pitfalls and ensure the long-term success of their businesses.

 


The Machine That Changed The World:
Toyota is a true pioneer in production innovation. They have developed a great production system that continues to evolve over time, which allowed them to dominate the auto industry. Their process has inspired many to imitate (or try) and more interestingly to apply to different fields. This book gives you a good insight on the thinking and presents great results experienced by the Toyota as a result. it’s a good book for someone to understand the underlying philosophy behind the “lean” movement from the company that started it all.

 

Have you read any of these books? What do you think? Suggest any books of your own?

 

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