10 Business Books to Read This Summer

Are you looking for some great business literature to read this summer? You’re in luck because David Lam Library has just developed a list of 10 business books to read this summer! They can all be found in the Great Reads section of the library, inside the Canaccord Learning Commons.  

We also wanted to encourage you to tweet your business book recommendations using the hashtag #‎sbalibrary, and they will be shared with UBC’s Small Business Accelerator (SBA) community. For more information about SBA, check out their blog.

Take a look at the list of summer reads below:

1. Getting Organized in the Google Era : How to Stay Efficient, Productive (and Sane) in an Information-Saturated World (link is external) by Douglas C. Merrill

Learn about organization from former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill. Merrill draws on his intimate knowledge of how the brain works to help us develop fresh, innovative, and flexible systems of organization tailored to our individual goals, constraints, and lifestyles.

2. Leading the Life You Want : Skills for Integrating Work and Life (link is external) by Stewart D. Friedman

Friedman, a Wharton professor, identifies the critical skills for integrating work and the rest of life. He illustrates them through compelling and original stories of six remarkable leaders.

3. Lean in : Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (link is external) by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, common-sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

4. Mindful Work : How Meditation is Changing Business From the Inside Out (link is external) by David Gelles

For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Research shows that meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

5. No One Understands You and What to do About It (link is external) by Heidi Grant Halvorson

This book explains why we’re often misunderstood and how we can fix that. The books shines light on the lenses that shape perception including trust, power, and ego.

6. Peer Power : Transforming Workplace Relationships (link is external) by Cynthia Clay and Ray Olitt

This book provides the keys to effective interpersonal collaboration focusing on four principles: Be Real, Extend Respect, Take Responsibility, and Build Relationships. Learn how to apply five strategies: Collaborating, Going Head-to-Head, Compromising, Coaching, and Caring-for-Self  at the moment of need.

7. Singletasking : Get More Done–One Thing at a Time (link is external) by Devora Zack

This book provides neuroscientific evidence to prove that you really can’t do more by trying to tackle several things at once. There is a better way to deal with all the information and interruptions that bombard us today. Singletasking explains exactly how to clear and calm your mind, arrange your schedule and environment, and gently manage the expectations of people around you.

8. Social Intelligence : The New Science of Success (link is external) by Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht defines social intelligence (SI) as the ability to get along well with others while winning their cooperation. This book is filled with intriguing concepts, enlightening examples, stories, cases, situational strategies, and a self-assessment tool – all designed to help you learn to navigate social situations more successfully.

9. Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (link is external) by Austin Kleon

A guide to creativity in the digital age, this book presents ten transformative principles to help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life. The author’s message is that you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.

10. This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (link is external) by Sarah van Gelder

The first book on the movement that has changed the political landscape. It features contributions from veteran progressive observers and Occupy activists. There are chapters by Naomi Klein (a speech she gave at Occupy Wall Street), Ralph Nader, David Korten, and Rebecca Solnit, among others.

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