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10 Top Business Management Audio Books

Oct 01, 2020 | By Saranne Durham
10 Top Business Management Audio Books

Business management is a multi-faceted topic with many subtle intricacies and variations. Much can be learnt from others experiences.  While there are many different ways to succeed, there seem to be as many different people or institutions claiming that their way is THE best way. So, ahead of avoiding all Business Management audio books, we have put together a quick and easy audio-book review list to help you find something that’s useful to you. Because there simply are too many voices in this arena.

  1. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham: This book has a great balance between evidence, lessons learnt and practical measurable applications. Backed by a study of over 80 000 managers, Buckingham shows that while management styles vary the common factor, linked to successfully turning talent into high employee performance, is the willingness to buck conventional wisdom. Using further evidence-based research he proves the link between productivity and employee opinions, profit, rate of turn over and customer satisfaction. Alongside the presentation of performance and career lessons for managers, 12 measuring stick statements that can be used to differentiate a company’s strongest department from others are put forward.
  2. Harvard Business Review collections by Michael Porter & Mark Kramer: There are a number of great collections put together by Harvard Publications. These bring together the top reads in one convenient audio-book collection. We have two options for you. The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year which reviews insights and best practices with the intention of keeping you current with business thinking. Another great audio collection is HRB’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy. It’s a must if you’re looking for inspiration on finding a strategy to navigate the demands of your business environment.
  3. If you haven’t read it yet, it may be time. Dip into Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You could also pair it with its companion Personal Workbook. The intention of these highly acclaimed books is to assist readers to put ideas into actions. Actions that are grounded in honesty, integrity, fairness and dignity within both their professional and personal lives.
  4. Leadership can be a position of motivating, inspiring and influencing people. Developing the Leader within You 2.0 is the update of the John C. Maxwell’s best seller and relooks at foundation principles of leaders fostering self-discipline and integrity to effect positive change.
  5. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell is a fascinating and insightful journey. It explores what makes high achievers different from others. He draws from the lives of an assortment of people from the Beatles to Sports personalities and Software billionaires to show that it’s where people are from, not what they are like, that’s a defining factor for success.
  6. Not everyone can do an MBA. If you’re one of those who don’t have the time or resources then this book is for you. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman explores valuable business lessons for those who seek to acquire the knowledge and skills gained through an MBA by listening to insights in sales, marketing, operations, systems design and other essential business management topics.
  7. If you’re busy then The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller can help you organise your work and life back into perspective. In order to achieve a less stressful, more efficient and productive day that’s focused on what actually matters to you.
  8. How can measurable goals defined by top priorities be best achieved within a set timeframe? Explore the world of start-ups (OKRs) by reading Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono and the Gate’s Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr. This is an insightful read into the highly successful (and lucrative) approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. It showcases the benefits of transparent goal setting across a company. As well as how this fosters cooperation and results in enhanced job satisfaction as well as workplace retention.
  9. How do you build a successful organisational culture? One which fosters cohesion and cooperation? In The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle offers strategies to build trust, enhance cooperation, inspire learning and collaboration. He also offers strategies to stimulate positive change. A must read if you’re interested in learning more about how to solve problems, allow innovation to flourish and exceed expectations.
  10. A book that continues to be relevant over 80 years after it was written by Daniel Carnegie, is How to Win Friends and Influence People. It covers how to influence, convince and manage people to do what they don’t want to do. It outlines key lessons, which are as applicable today as they were when written by Carnegie. Some of the lessons outlined are: Only fools criticise, avoid complaining, give honest compliments, listen before talking and Give people a reputation that they can live up to. All invaluable within the current world of Business Management.

These 10 books are also worth exploring

  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition, by Robert Cialdini
  2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  4. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
  5. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brene Brown
  6. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
  7. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing… Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed
  8. Seeing Around Corners by Rita Gunther McGarath
  9. Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini
  10. Find Your Hedgehog and Stop Working: When You Find Your Passion, Work Stops Being Work by Socrate Exantus

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