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3 Book Recommendations From Pixar President Ed Catmull

In a recent podcast Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Work Week) asked Pixar President Ed Catmull, “If you could give a piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?” Catmull explained that he wouldn’t give any advice. “Why would I want to give myself advice that would have helped me avoid a mistake that…

The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October

I’ve always thought that the term “business book” is misleading. It evokes notions of self-help and images of used car salesmen. There’s a somewhat woeful association with motivation–people who read business books are, having hit a lull in their career, looking for something more. I like this month’s New York Times business book…

The Top 11 Business Books To Look Out For in Q4

In July, I wrote that there were a lot of great books coming out in Q3. I was right. The Innovators, A Sense of Style, Zero to One, How Google Works…. Each of these and a few others made several bestseller lists. Luckily, there are a lot of great books to look…

6 Books Shortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award

Two months ago, I posted about the 10th annual Financial Times & McKinsey business book of the year award. Last night, the Financial Times posted extracts from the recently announced shortlist, which cuts the nominees down from 16 to 6. (The £30,000 prize will be awarded on November 11.) It’s a…

5 of the Best Books on Leadership as Recommended by GE Executives

I discovered a short reading list on GE Capital’s website. Here’s what it says: “There are a lot of business books out there, and you probably have some on your reading list. Which are the best? Top GE executives have recommended the best books on leadership. Each book provides insights for…

6 Business, Philanthropy, and Design Books by This Year’s TEDGlobal Speakers

This year’s TEDGlobal conference takes place in Rio de Janeiro from October 6-10. The theme is “South!” which marks the first official TED conference held in South America. The conference will “Focus on themes emerging around the world, this conference will take a bold look at the ideas flowing from the Global South, discussing innovation…

The 10 Non-Fiction Books Nominated for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for 2014 National Book Awards for nonfiction yesterday. There are only a few books on the list that would qualify as “business books,” but that’s why I published the list. 250 Word readers are intelligent business thinkers who are interested in smart non-fiction books in…

The 10 Best Business and Leadership Books of September As Recommended by Amazon

Each month, editors at Amazon select the best books for 16 categories. It’s a great resource for anyone who likes to read. Yesterday, I browsed the “Business and Leadership” section. It listed 10 books, several of which have already appeared on 250 Words. The Virgin Way (Richard Branson) and Zero to One (Peter Thiel &…

The Happiness of Pursuit: Chris Guillebeau Recommends 7 Books for Lifelong Learning

Chris Guillebeau (The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup) is a writer, entrepreneur, and traveler. His new book (out today) is The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose To Your Life. For the book, Guillebeau traveled to every country in the world to find “ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals.”…

14 New Business Books to Read This Fall As Recommended by Wharton Professor Adam Grant

This morning, Wharton professor Adam Grant posted a list of book recommendations on his LinkedIn blog. “This fall,” Grant writes, “there’s an unusually exciting crop of big idea and business books about human behavior, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the fundamental questions of success, meaning, and happiness in work and life.…

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