WISDOM – Reading list: my business books shortlist

Over the years I curated a shortlist of business books that had (and still have) the strongest impact on me. I keep this list fairly short to make it now overwhelming when I am asked for reading advices or as I like to re-read my top reads.

Over time, the list has skewed toward soft-skills, which reflects my personal journey, from Financial Markets theories to managerial skillset.

I have to say that some of the books have been on my short list for the longest time, such as Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People. For the specific book I make a point to read it again almost every year. As most of the guidance may seem like common sense, it is easy to overlook them. Re-reading helps me to identify situations along the last months in which I failed to implement the recommendations. Such “practical cases” are part of the ongoing self-improvement process.

Another long time favorite of mine is Keith Ferrazzi Never eat Alone which has transformed my approach to connecting to people and de-dramatized the networking element. I am a long term believer in the idea that your personal value has a lot to do with the cumulative value of the people you interact with. Thanks to Keith Ferrazzi’s book I was able to develop my own toolkit to build a personal and relevant network that has supported me much more than I would have ever expected over the last years.

You will indeed find on my lists books by Tim Ferriss who has been a strong influence since I discovered the Four Hour workweek while in business school. At that time my business school only had the French version and I recall completing the suggestion form to have the original version added to the shelves. This book could have been at the time a major anticipation of how digitalization would be able to transform anyone’s lifestyle but developing new types of carriers, breaking away from the traditional 9-to-5 jobs. It’s still a fairly relevant book but I you have never read Tim’s publication I would recommend to start with Tribe of Mentors which could be sum up by a digest of the “best in class performers advices” across hundreds of expertise.

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