Here is a list of new and upcoming business books for entrepreneurs, managers, and creative professionals. Learn how to launch a startup, execute decisions and actions, jump into a new venture, set and achieve goals, motivate your team, create meaningful business relationships, and harness the blockchain.
New Business Books for 2018
Lost and Founder: The Mostly Awful, Sometimes Awesome Truth About Building a Tech Startup by Rand Fishkin
From the king of Whiteboard Friday, Rand Fishkin, the founder and former C.E.O. of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley “wisdom” leads far too many startups astray. His company, Moz, makers of marketing software, is now a $45 million per year business. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on search engine optimization. But his business and reputation took 15 years to gel, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt. Kindle $14.99; Hardcover $28.00.
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence — and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk
Four-time author, ecommerce veteran, and marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In his 2009 international book Crush It, Vaynerchuk insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In Crushing It!, he explains why that’s even truer today. Kindle $14.99; Hardcover $17.99.
When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want by Mike Lewis
When Mike Lewis was 24 and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But when is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump ― and afterward? When to Jump offers more than 40 stories and inspirational takeaways: from the founder of Bonobos, the author of The Big Short, the designer of the Lyft logo, the Humans of New York creator, and many more. Kindle $13.99; Hardcover $17.10.
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt
We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner — and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. Author Michael Hyatt wants readers to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. In Your Best Year Ever, Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving goals. Kindle $14.49; Hardcover $16.50.
Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten Hansen
From the author of Great by Choice comes an authoritative, practical guide to individual performance. After a five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his “Seven Work Smarter Practices” that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. In Great at Work, each chapter contains questions and key insights to assess your own performance and figure out your work strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Kindle $14.99; Hardcover $19.49.
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations — including the U.S. Navy’s Seal Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs — and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from online retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that drive positive change. Kindle $13.99; Hardcover $18.30.
Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner
The author of The Power of Broke and a panelist on television’s “Shark Tank,” Daymond John explores how grit, persistence, and hard work are the backbone of every successful business, and inspires readers to rise and grind their way the top. John takes an up-close look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets of individuals who have risen to the challenges in their lives and ground their way to the tops of their fields. Along the way, he also reveals how grit and persistence both helped him overcome the obstacles he has faced in life and ultimately fueled his success. Kindle $14.99; Hardcover $14.85.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
Timing may be everything, but we don’t know much about how to perfect it. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. In When, Daniel Pink distills research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a narrative with stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives. Hardcover $17.11.
Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships that Matter by Scott Gerber, Ryan Paugh
Abandon the networking-for-networking’s-sake mentality in favor of a more powerful and effective approach to creating and enhancing connections. In Superconnector, Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh reveal a new category of professionals born out of the social media era: highly valuable community-builders who make things happen through their keen understanding and utilization of social capital. Gerber and Paugh share instructive anecdotes from a roster of high achievers. Kindle $17.99; Hardcover $17.10.
The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself. They also explore the disruption it promises for industries including finance, tech, legal, and shipping. Kindle $12.99; Hardcover $21.86.
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden
“Motivation” as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn’t the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change. In fact, motivation is a result of a process, not a cause. Understanding this will change the way you approach any obstacle or goal. In The Motivation Myth, Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success. Kindle $13.99; Hardcover $17.70.
The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur’s Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business by Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur’s Handbook is a valuable resource for getting your company off the ground. With Entrepreneur’s Handbook, get step-by-step guidance through the entrepreneurial process, explanations of the latest research and thinking on entrepreneurship, time-honed best practices, stories of real companies such as Airbnb and eBay, and more. Paperback $29.99; Kindle $28.49.