Top 10 Business Books by Women
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a massively influential international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.
Susan Cain’s 2012 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking launched a movement recognizing and empowering introverts. It argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people.
In 2015, Cain co-founded Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children (parenting and education), lifestyle, and the workplace.
Susan's 2016 follow-on book, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, focuses on introverted children and teens and is also directed to their educators and parents.
Check out Susan's TED Talk.
Blue Ocean Strategy was published in 2005 and written by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, professors at INSEAD, one of the world's leading international graduate business schools. They are co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute.
Blue Ocean Strategy has greatly influenced strategic thinking and planning and has been a world wide phenomenon.
Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
More generally Dr. McGonigal is an advocate of gamification. Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.
Brené Brown researches vulnerability. The title of her book, Daring Greatly, comes from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at the Sorbonne in Paris exhorting that it is not the critic who counts, but rather “the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” and that “if he fails, he at least fails while daring greatly”
To Dr. Brown vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation. She explores how engagement got to be uncool and why perfectionism is the enemy of getting work done.
Check out her TED Talk on the power of vulnerability.
Rita McGrath is a strategic management scholar and professor of management at the Columbia Business School. She is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship.
Dr. McGrath has served as a leadership consultant to companies like Coca-Cola, GE, and Pearson. The premise of "The End of Competitive Advantage," states that the companies that will remain the most successful need to aggressively exploit opportunities and move on from them before they're exhausted. This pace keeps the competition constantly playing catch-up.
Herminia Ibarra is a professor at INSEAD. Dr. Ibarra is a widely read and regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and The Financial Times, among other publications. Her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader details how to take advantage of today's fast-moving job market to rise to a position of leadership.
#GIRLBOSS was the winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book.
Sophia Amoruso is the founder of the Nasty Gal clothing empire which started as an eBay store. Her autobiography is filled with inspiring life and business lessons.
There is a new Netflix series inspired by Sophia's best-selling book. the series follows the rise of Amoruso's multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.
Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, and incredibly talented designer who is perhaps best known as the host of her podcast Design Matters. She has great podcast episodes with epic podcasters Tim Ferriss and James Altucher that are also absolute must listens.
Debbie is at the forefront of the Design Thinking movement.
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