I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions (simply because it’s too cold and I prefer to set weekly and monthly goals year-long either way) but one thing on my list this year is more reading.

As a writer – although I believe this rings true for all people – I don’t believe you can read too much in one lifetime. My personal belief is that a balance of fiction and nonfiction is key to staying inspired and stimulated. 

In this article, I will focus on our top recommendations for business books to kick off 2024. 

  1. Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    While not a traditional business book, “Sapiens” provides a broad historical perspective on the development of human societies. Understanding the evolution of human cooperation and organization can offer unique insights into business dynamics and societal structures
  2. Measure What Matters by John Doerr
    In this work, Doerr,  a venture capitalist, introduces the concept of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), a goal-setting framework that has been adopted by many successful companies for decades. Doerr shares insights into how setting and achieving ambitious goals can drive organizational success.
  3. Strategic: The Skill to Set Direction, Create Advantage, and Achieve Executive Excellence by Rich Horwath
    In Howarth’s new book, Strategic, he introduces four areas of strategic fitness that contribute successfully to navigating one’s business, including a common language for strategy and business planning. Using the “3A Framework” — acumen, allocation, action — he identifies the building blocks of a strategic leader to reach their full potential and determine growth opportunities.
  4. Career Forward: Strategies From Women Who’ve Made it by Grace Puma and Christiana Smith Shi
    In Career Forward, former PepsiCo COO Grace Puma and former Nike president of consumer direct Christiana Smith Shi challenge negative stereotypes surrounding female ambition, and urge women to follow their dreams. The secret to success, they say, is to focus on career first, job second. Instead of chasing a better job title or salary, the goal should be a long-range career path that leads to success. This book will inspire you to focus on the future, take every opportunity to boost connections, and work actively to broaden your skills.

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