Book club: the best new business books

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

by Simon Sinek

Portfolio, 2014

Out on 7 January 2014

Simon Sinek is a leadership expert whose TEDx talk "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" is the seventh most-viewed TED video. In his new book he claims that great leadership is not about making everyone do what you want, but putting the interests of your team before your own. Human beings are naturally co-operative, he says, and if you create this kind of environment in a workplace, you'll get the best out of people.

Sinek's view of human nature might be overly generous, but he claims the title comes from a real-life example - go to any US Marine canteen, he maintains, and you'll see the officers heading to the back of the queue.

And if you don't manage to read it, the key point is...

When people feel nurtured, they'll strive to do their best.

Thrive

by Arianna Huffington

Random House Inc., 2014

Out on 25 March 2014

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of media organisation the Huffington Post Group, argues in her new book that single-minded pursuit of professional success at all costs is crippling us and, ultimately, the business world. Huffington suggests that we need to pay more attention to our well-being in order to allow us, and the organisations we work for, to thrive.

As overwork in the City is hitting the headlines after the tragic death of an investment bank intern last summer, this book's message is timely and, thanks to the high profile of its author, sure to provoke comment.

And if you don't manage to read it, the key point is...

We need to measure success in terms of personal and collective health as well as money and power.

Lean In: Graduation Edition

by Sheryl Sandberg

Alfred A. Knopf, 2014

Out in April 2014

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's manifesto for working women was published last year, but this spring she's bringing out a new edition specially for students and graduates. Lean In: Graduation Edition will include a letter of advice from Sandberg specially for graduates, and chapters on getting your first job and essential career skills such as salary negotiation.

The new edition also includes the entire text of the original book, with its thoughts on how to approach a high-powered career as a woman, her observations about the business world, and advice for men too...

And if you don't manage to read it, the key point is...

If you want to succeed, you need to take a committed and strategic approach, and it's never too early to start.

The Consolation of Economics: How We Will All Benefit from the New World Order

by Gerard Lyons

Faber & Faber, 2014

Out on 19 June 2014

Dr Gerard Lyons is a world-renowned economic forecaster, advisor to London mayor Boris Johnson, and an optimist. In his new book, he argues that the global economy is in a better state than we think, and that the next twenty years will see unprecedented growth, both for emerging market economies and Europe and the US. What's more, the world will also find solutions for problems such as environmental damage and corruption.

His ideas might sound fanciful, but Lyons was one of the few experts to predict the financial crisis, and he also correctly forecasted other major economic events including Japan's economic collapse and the rise of China.

And if you don't manage to read it, the key point is...

Things could finally be looking up for the world.

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