The 20 best business books of 2015 - List by Business Insider™

  The 20 best business books of 2015 - List by Business Insider™

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Title: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

New York Times Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Author(s): Ashlee Vance
ISBN 13: 9780062301239
Pages: 400
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Title: Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

This insight is the heart of WORK RULES!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto that offers lessons including: Take away managers' power over employees Learn from your best employees-and your worst Hire only people who are smarter ...
Author(s): Laszlo Bock
ISBN 13: 9781455554799
Pages: 416
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Title: Misbehaving

Argues that economical trends cannot be predicted as much as thought, mainly because humans are so unpredictable, and reveals how behavioral economic analysis opens up new ways to look at everything from household finance to assigning ...
Author(s): Richard H. Thaler
ISBN 13: 9780393080940
Pages: 432
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Title: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babins SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed all but lost. In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Threes Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership―at every level―is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields. Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.
Author(s): Jocko Willink;Leif Babin
ISBN 13: 9781250067050
Pages: 320
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Title: Unfinished Business

"When Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" first appeared, it immediately went viral, sparking a firestorm of debate across the country.
Author(s): Anne-Marie Slaughter
ISBN 13: 9780812994568
Pages: 352
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Title: Rise of the Robots

A artificial-intelligence entrepreneur offers a stark warning about what we must do to keep an automated economy from being a massively unjust one.
Author(s): Martin Ford
ISBN 13: 9780465059997
Pages: 352
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Title: Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception

Read it for phun; read it for wisdom."--Alan S. Blinder, author of "After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead" "A phabulous book! This is economics after the behavioral revolution at its best.
Author(s): George A. Akerlof;Robert J. Shiller;Stanley B Resor Professor of Economics Robert J Shiller
ISBN 13: 9780691168319
Pages: 208
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Title: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

The author of Power, Stanford business school professor, and a leading management thinker offers a hard-hitting dissection of the leadership industry and ways to make workplaces and careers work better. The leadership enterprise is enormous, with billions of dollars, thousands of books, and hundreds of thousands of blogs and talks focused on improving leaders. But what we see worldwide is employee disengagement, high levels of leader turnover and career derailment, and failed leadership development efforts.
Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780062383167
Pages: 272
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Title: Losing the Signal

A breathtaking inside account of one of the most dramatic business triumphs and flameouts in recent history.
Author(s): Jacquie McNish
ISBN 13: 9781250060174
Pages: 288
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Title: Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

In author Nicholas Carlson's capable hands, this riveting book captures Mayer's rise and Yahoo's missteps as a dramatic illustration of what it takes to grab the brass ring in Silicon Valley.
Author(s): Nicholas Carlson
ISBN 13: 9781455556618
Pages: 368
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Title: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives' biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret. By accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence," the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy's revolutionary book reveals, we don't need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives. Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about "power poses." Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.
Author(s): Amy Cuddy
ISBN 13: 9780316256575
Pages: 352
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Title: How Music Got Free

The gripping untold story of the music piracy revolution and the man who almost singlehandedly brought down the industry How Music Got Free is the incredible true story of Dell Glover, a factory worker at a compact-disc manufacturing plant ...
Author(s): Stephen Witt
ISBN 13: 9780525426615
Pages: 304
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Title: Rising Strong

Social scientist Bren Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerabilitythe willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcomeis the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall
Author(s): Bren Brown
ISBN 13: 9780812995824
Pages: 336
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Title: Digital Gold

An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold tells the story of the colorful characters who have built Bitcoin, including a Finnish college student, an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, ...
Author(s): Nathaniel Popper
ISBN 13: 9780062362490
Pages: 416
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Title: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

"When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing.
Author(s): Stanley A. McChrystal;Tantum Collins;Chris Fussell;David Silverman
ISBN 13: 9781591847489
Pages: 304
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Title: Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

You aspire to lead with greater impact. The problem is youre busy executing on todays demands. You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but its easy to let immediate problems and old mind-sets get in the way. Herminia Ibarraan expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD, a leading international business schoolshows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves.
Author(s): Herminia Ibarra
ISBN 13: 9781422184127
Pages: 200
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Title: Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both

What does it take to succeed? This question has fueled a long-running debate. Some have argued that humans are fundamentally competitive, and that pursuing self-interest is the best way to get ahead. Others claim that humans are born to cooperate and that we are most successful when we collaborate with others.
Author(s): Adam Galinsky
ISBN 13: 9780307720214
Pages: 320
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Title: Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

Offers readers a how-to guide for harnessing the power of exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.
Author(s): Peter H. Diamandis;Steven Kotler
ISBN 13: 9781476709567
Pages: 336
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Title: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world.
Author(s): Bill Browder
ISBN 13: 9781476755717
Pages: 416
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Title: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the weeks meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight, and Tetlock has spent the past decade trying to figure out why. What makes some people so good? And can this talent be taught? In Superforecasting, Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner offer a masterwork on prediction, drawing on decades of research and the results of a massive, government-funded forecasting tournament. The Good Judgment Project involves tens of thousands of ordinary peopleincluding a Brooklyn filmmaker, a retired pipe installer, and a former ballroom dancerwho set out to forecast global events. Some of the volunteers have turned out to be astonishingly good. Theyve beaten other benchmarks, competitors, and prediction markets. Theyve even beaten the collective judgment of intelligence analysts with access to classified information. They are "superforecasters." In this groundbreaking and accessible book, Tetlock and Gardner show us how we can learn from this elite group. Weaving together stories of forecasting successes (the raid on Osama bin Ladens compound) and failures (the Bay of Pigs) and interviews with a range of high-level decision makers, from David Petraeus to Robert Rubin, they show that good forecasting doesnt require powerful computers or arcane methods. It involves gathering evidence from a variety of sources, thinking probabilistically, working in teams, keeping score, and being willing to admit error and change course. Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the futurewhether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily lifeand is destined to become a modern classic.
Author(s): Philip Tetlock;Dan Gardner
ISBN 13: 9780804136693
Pages: 352
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