I thought it would be fun to ask for input into the top business books for 2008. So I polled people on the social media site Twitter, and chose 10 responses. While not all books were new to 2008, they certainly look to be valuable.
Without further delay, here are the Smallbiztrends Readers’ Choice Nominees for 10 Best Business Books, 2008 edition:
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew by Thomas Friedman. Nominated by Jesse Schumacher (@jschumac) who says “renewable environmental technologies are the new big economic opps.”
Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier by Gary Harpst. Nominated by Skip Reardon (@sreardon) of Be Excellent. Read my review of Execution Revolution here.
No B.S. Marketing to the Affluent: The No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners Guide to Getting Really Rich by Dan S. Kennedy. Nominated by Tim Johnson (@Tim_Johnson).
The Breakthrough Imperative: How the Best Managers Get Outstanding Results by Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert. Nominated by Todd Sattersten (@tsattersten).
The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan by Tim Berry. Nominated by Chelle Parmele who authors the Palo Alto Software Business In General blog (@cparmele) who says, “I’m rather fond of [it] … but I might be a little biased. 😉 ” Yep, I’m rather fond of it too, Chelle. Read more about The Plan as You Go Business Plan here.
The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam. Nominated by Chad Gardner of PaySimple (@chadgardner), and he says, “I loved it …. We had some fun with our company vision and eventually made a post about it.”
The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlingham. Nominated by Brian Moran of Small Business Edge (@BrianMoran) who says “a must read!” Go here to listen to a teleseminar with Norm and Bo, and for a review of the book.
Marketing Outrageously: How to Increase Your Revenue by Staggering Amounts! by Jon Spolestra. Nominated by Jim Kukral (@jimkukral), who says, “every small business owner needs to read it.”
And for one bonus choice, my top business book pick for 2008 with a Twitter connection would be:
Marketing Strategies for the Home Based Business by Shirley George Frazier. The reason I chose this book is that Shirley Frazier is active on Twitter (@ShirleyFrazier) and no doubt was too modest to nominate it herself. If you run a home-based business (or any microbusiness with 5 or fewer employees), this is the one of most practical on-point marketing books you will find.
OK, now your turn. Which books would you suggest for the Readers Choice list?