Best Business Books for 2012

Here is my list of the best business books to read in 2012

I could take the time to read a fiction book, but I don’t. I would rather read websites, newspapers, magazines, looking for ideas and concepts that I can use. I spend time in bookstores because one idea from a book or magazine can make me money.

The edge is knowing that you have to be the smartest guy in the room when you have your meeting and you are going to put in the effort to learn whatever you need to learn to get there.

Mark Cuban, How To Win At The Sport Of Business

I’m starting a personal one-man club for the irrational lovers of business books.

I’m in it. You can follow along on your own.

Below is the list of the business books I’ll be reading (or in some cases, re-reading) in 2012.

I aim for five business books a month, and will read them in the order they appear below. In addition, I aim to review them in this order as well.

52 of the Best Business Books To Read In 2012

The reading list has been influenced by the good people at ReadItFor.Me (aff) who have compiled a great resource for those low on time but high on knowledge-hunger.

  1. 7 Lessons For Leading In Crisis by Bill George
  2. A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  3. The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
  4. Awesomely Simple by John Spence
  5. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  6. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
  7. Brain Rules by John Medina
  8. Brains On Fire by Robbin Phillips et al.
  9. Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump
  10. Change By Design by Tim Brown
  11. Content Rules by Ann Handley and CC Chapman
  12. The Design of Business by Roger Martin
  13. Different by Youngme Moon
  14. Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier
  15. Drive by Daniel Pink
  16. The Element by Ken Robinson
  17. Engage by Brian Solis
  18. Evil Plans by Hugh Macleod
  19. Fascinate by Sally Hogshead
  20. Fierce Leadership by Susan Scott
  21. Flip The Funnel by Joseph Jaffe
  22. Good To Great by Jim Collins
  23. Great By Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
  24. Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
  25. Influencer by Kerry Patterson et al.
  26. The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  27. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  28. Love Is The Killer App by Tim Sanders
  29. Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
  30. Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
  31. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  32. Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
  33. Neuromarketing by Thomas Nelson
  34. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  35. The New How by Nilofer Merchant
  36. New Social Learning by Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner
  37. Newsjacking by David Meerman Scott
  38. Peak by Chip Conley
  39. The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  40. Positioning by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  41. Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
  42. Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
  43. The Referral Engine by John Jantsch
  44. Results Rule by Randy Pennington
  45. The Shibumi Strategy by Matthew May
  46. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  47. The Shift by Lynda Gratton
  48. The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt
  49. Think Better by Tim Hurson
  50. Whale Hunting by Tom Searcy and Barbara Weaver Smith
  51. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  52. Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

And, voilà – the entire list.

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