If you’re looking for some good business books to read during Lockdown then you’ve come to the right place. COVID-19 and Lockdown have provided some of us with more time at home. Like many of my business associates, I’ve taken full advantage of the situation and read more than I ever have done before. Below is a list of the best business books to read during Lockdown. The reason is that businesses are struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic. If you own or run a business, then we need to be on our A-game now more than ever. The below list is a compilation of the business books best to read to strengthen yourself as well as your business. I hope you find them useful. Happy reading!
Best Business Book For Inspiration: ‘Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?’ by Lou Gerstner
Lou Gerstner is a Fixer. He was the guy that got the call to turn around IBM in the ’90s. ‘Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance’ is Gerstner’s dramatic re-telling of how he was assigned to IBM and led its ultimate turnaround. It’s truly an inspiring story full of blunt honesty and invaluable lessons from all aspects of business. If you want a business book to inspire you then read this book.
Best Business Book For Practical Execution of a Plan: ‘The 4 Disciplines of Execution’ by Frankin Covey
Have you ever thought about this? Most of us have either done a business degree or been on some kind of business course. The formal business education system teaches us how to set a business strategy and business plan. But no one teaches us how to actually execute a plan. From my experience, I can attest to this fact. Businesses typically don’t have a strategy or planning problem. They have an execution problem. One of my all-time favourite business books, the 4 disciplines contained in this book will supercharge your team, get them extremely focused and most importantly – get the job done to a high level. If you want to learn how to execute a plan, obtain buy-in and strengthen your leadership then look no further than this book.
Best Business Book For Focus: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport
Just because the majority of us are working from home, doesn’t necessarily mean we are the most productive at home. A lot of us struggle to focus because of digital distractions. This book talks frankly about the digital distractions that bombard our brains on a 24/7 basis and the detrimental effect on our productivity (and mental health). If you want to take control of your productivity and do the best work of your life, then this book will give you the playbook on how to eliminate digital distractions, get focused on your most important tasks, get yourself in the ‘zone’ where time disappears and ultimately become a productivity machine. Seriously – read this book.
Best Business Book For Productivity and Organisation: ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen
We can’t talk about business books best to read without mentioning this classic from David Allen. This book has changed my life. Seriously. The 5 step process for organising yourself is not just about productivity – it’s about reducing your anxiety, stress and getting control of everything that’s bombarding your mind. An intensely practical book, David Allen’s GTD methodology has been adopted by some of the biggest businesses in the world – and with good cause. Businesses need organisation now more than ever. If you want to get control of things and have a simple organisational system for you and your business then read this book.
Best Business Book For A Solid Morning Routine: ‘The 5 AM Club’ by Robin Sharma
If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know I am a proud member of the 5 AM Club. By studying many successful people (both living and historic), Robin Sharma identified one common theme – they were all early-risers. More and more, people are learning the scientific and health benefits that come from rising early. The book provides practical advice on how to wake up early and what to do in the early hours to improve all aspects of your life – health, mind, soul and self-development so that you can get out there and crush it in business and life. Businesses will require such courageous ‘world-changers’ to get through the tough times that lie ahead. Having a solid morning routine is one of the best ways for you to centre yourself, improve all areas of your life and lead your business through these turbulent times.
Best Business Book For Leadership: ‘Extreme Ownership’ by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink
I’ve read many business books on leadership, but none have grabbed my attention as much as this one. Written by 2 ex-Navy SEALS, this book teaches leadership principles from their experience on the battlefield. The book is very well-structured. I thought I knew a lot about leadership, but this book proved me wrong. I have used many of the lessons within this book in my own business and the results have been phenomenal. Not only will it teach you, but it will inspire you to take true ownership of things. ‘Ownership’ is a business buzzword that is loosely used; it has no meaning. This book will bring meaning to what true ownership looks like and how you can apply it in your business. If you want to take ownership, lead and inspire your ‘troops’ then buy this book. You won’t regret it.