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ISBF Recommends: Top 5 Books to Read on Management

Posted on November 27, 2020 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

It is rightly said that you are what you read. To be successful and to carve out space in the competitive world, you need to set yourself apart from the crowd. And the best way to do that is to make your reading list stand out from others. While the companies are in a race to hire the best management professionals, the competition has become fiercer for the job seekers. To be on top of the game, being well-read apart from having some work experience is the key. Here are some of the best books you should read as a management enthusiast:

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

It is one of the most widely read books that teaches the fundamentals of organizing a new business through continuous testing and experimentation. The book is a perfect read for those who want to know how working in one direction can benefit a company or an individual in the long run. Eric Ries in this book uses examples and a unique approach to reinforce the fact that through sustained efforts at adapting and improving their practices, people can take set their startups on a upward growth trajectory. Apart from being on the reading list of many Ivy League Universities like Harvard and Stanford, the book is also recommended by CEOs of Facebook and Asana.

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

It might sound weird that the book is a great read for baseball fans, but it offers deep insights into management, which makes it one of the finest books on the subject. It sheds light on how to extract the best performance from the team through strategic leadership. Learning through mistakes and sustained efforts is one of the core themes of the book. It is highly recommended by The New Yorker and Wall Street Journal, and also features on the reading list of Wharton Business School.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

If there’s a book that you should read on human behaviour as a management student, Dale Carnegie’s masterpiece remains on top of the list. Though the book gives a general overview of winning over people, the principles it explains can be used by business professionals to handle demanding clients. It is among the most widely read non-fiction and self-help books in the world and has been recommended by renowned business figures like Warren Buffet.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Co-founder of one of the most successful venture capital firms – Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz is a ‘techpreneur’. In his book, he provides a view of the challenges that occur while running a business. He gives a detailed roadmap to on how to seek investments. The author uses a blend of historical anecdotes and war stories to draw a conclusion that the right things are the same as the hard things. The book is recommended by the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Paypal.

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton, an Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School, sheds light on the importance of embracing innovation and the use of technology in running a business. He emphasizes that most businesses fail because of their reluctance to adopt new technology. The book was listed among the top books on business by Forbes and it is listed as an essential read for MBA students at Stanford’s Business School.

While most of the business schools around the world have realized that to produce efficient & effective management professionals, students need to be encouraged to look beyond their curriculum, here at the Indian School of Business and Finance, the curriculum is designed in a way that makes it easy for students to gain a practical understanding of things, and essential readings form an important part of the coursework. All programmes at ISBF receive academic direction from London School of Economics and the final degree is awarded by the University of London.

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