1. The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
Rumor has it that the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, forces all his managers to read The Innovators Dilemmas. The book popularized the term disruptive technology, ie. innovations with a very strong force transforms the landscape for a whole market.
In the the book Christensen find out how and why large companies sometimes act rigid on its own market, and what you can do to beat them.
2. Business Adventures John Brooks
This book is a classic from 1969, and is both Warren Buffets and Bill Gates favorite book with the motto that technology is everchanging but that mankind stay the same.
Gates has, among other things said about the book:
"Business Adventures" is as much about the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders in challenging situations as it is dealing with specific insights in various industries. It is not relevant in spite of its age but because it.
3. Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote Meditations as a diary in the last decade of his ilfe, where he practised stoicisim to tackle the problems that the Roman Empire faced. Stoicism is about accepting that some things are out of control and focus on what can be changed and to exercise control over your own emotions.
When Marcus Aurelius was on his deathbed, he gave the order that the diary would be burned, but it was saved for posterity. And it was good luck, the book has been read for nearly 2000 years by generals, kings, entrepreneurs and leaders inspired by Aurelius approach to management.
4. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
Seth Godin has become one of the strongest dominant voices in the world of marketing and communications and Purple Cow is seen as one of his best works. Understand why it is so important to stand out, so you have a message and content that the customer can relate to and enjoy.
5. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future of Ashlee Vance
He has been compared to Thomas Edison as well as Steve Jobs. But Elon Musks goals is unprecedented: he wants people to be able to live on Mars. Business leader and billionaire Musk behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, PayPal and Solar City, the company that everyone has sent shock waves through the business and industrial world. In this investigative book writing technology journalist Ashlee Vance of Elon Musks dramatic life and how his astonishing visions shape our future.