The six best business books to read in 2018

Here's our pick of the best business books in 2018 to read while on holiday this year.

In the days of Twitter and endless notifications on our smartphones it can be hard to feel like we are getting the nourishment we need to be able to develop our mind for rational and calm thought.

Here are the best business books of 2018 that can help people see the big picture of where their business sits in the world and can help them stay motivated and hungry for success.

1. The Four: The hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google by Scott Galloway

This is Scott Galloway’s excellent in-depth look at the big four company’s shaping business in our time, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Galloway is a serial entrepreneur himself and explains, sometimes in colourful language, how the company’s are disrupting job creation, established industries, delivery and consumer behaviour to unprecedented levels.

Buy the book here.

2. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

Chip and Dan Heath examine the six factors that make ideas ‘sticky’ and why people remember some ideas over others so they can be understood, remembers and acted upon – a key factor in business life.

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3. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Written by social scientist Adam Grant, this book is packed full of case studies where employees of major institutions and firms such as the NRA and Apple challenged outdated traditions to change policy and culture, with striking results. Also features a foreword by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Buy the book here.

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4. Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

TaskRabbit’s European MD James Hamlin, of which this book is his favourite, says Awaken the Giant Within ‘changed my life’ and was ‘the stimulus for me to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs in work, family, health and life.’ In typical direct and unapologetic fashion, Robbins delivers a ‘how-to’ on to set goals, plan and take action for success.

Buy the book here.

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Mason

This New York Times bestseller shows that by facing our own fallibilities we can become stronger people, rather than falling into the trap of sticking our collective heads in the sand.

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6. Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Times columnist Matthew Syed examines the difference between failure and success and explores why some people learn from their mistakes and some don’t. Laced with case studies and scientific evidence, Syed, who was the topped ranked table tennis player in England for ten years, ‘choked’ when he represented Great Britain at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Here, he makes a strong case for learning to accept our failures first before we can accept them and ourselves, and ultimately change.

Buy the book here.

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Michael Somerville

Michael Somerville

Michael was senior reporter for from 2018 to 2019.

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