10 Business Audiobooks to Check Out
The only trouble is finding the best business audiobooks in the huge sea of options. So, in this post, we’ll help you narrow down your options with a list of 10 great audio books for business owners.
The Top Audiobooks for Business Owners:
1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Author Susan Cain presents the case that modern Western culture drastically undervalues the capabilities of introverts. In this business book, you’ll learn about powerful introverts through history and the rise of what Cain calls the “Extrovert Ideal.”
Even if you start a business as a solopreneur, you’ll eventually be managing others as your business grows. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking will change how you see—and manage—introverts.
2. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy
From war and the space race to product launches and business transformation, author Richard Rumelt provides a masterclass in strategy. Good Strategy/Bad Strategy speaks to the tenets of good strategy and debunks the many myths that bad strategies are based on.
Perhaps the best part about this book is its universal applicability. Entrepreneurs in all industries will learn to discover, understand, and leverage market forces to grow their business.
3. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Creator of several hit shows, Shonda Rhimes, used to do whatever she could to avoid public appearances. As an introvert, she was afraid of being in the spotlight. Then, after hearing a remark from her sister—that Rhimes never said yes to anything—set her off.
Rhimes decided to spend a year saying yes to everything.
With the same flair that got her shows nominated for three Emmys, Rhimes recounts her journey of yes. As a business owner, this audiobook will treat you to a poignant, motivational story about putting yourself out there in the business world.
4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
If you don’t know the difference between a growth and a fixed mindset, you need to read this book. Written based on decades of research, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, Ph.D., reveals the power of your mindset. Specifically, she observes two distinct mindsets: fixed vs. growth.
In short, Dweck demonstrates how success in just about any pursuit is largely determined by how you view your abilities. If you believe you can develop your abilities, you generally will.
Plus, Dweck explains how anyone, business owners included, can put the idea of a growth mindset to work.
5. The 48 Laws of Power
If you like learning from the past and understanding human psychology—two key skills for entrepreneurs—give this one a read. The 48 Laws of Power is all about achieving, analyzing, and countering ultimate control.
Author Robert Green draws from the stories of characters as diverse as Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Henry Kissinger and P.T. Barnum. Bookending these stories are analyses of the laws of power that come into play in each story.
The result is an entertaining manual explaining the rules of power struggles. As a business owner, you’ll gain new insight into how and when—and when not to—press your advantage.
6. Peace is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives
It’s easy for anyone—let alone entrepreneurs—to get lulled into a trance of busyness. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Breath will ease you into a more refreshing perspective.
In the book, Hanh explains and demonstrates how you can build your mindfulness practice into every moment. With the immense stress many business owners face, Hanh’s Peace is Every Breath is a must listen to reset and relax.
7. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Especially useful, (and entertaining) for business owners, the book also explains how to apply these principles in business. While Influence is popular among marketers, any businessperson can learn from Cialdini’s teachings.
8. The New World Economy
To put it lightly, the world’s changed quite a bit in a relatively short time due to COVID-19. Blockchain, Bitcoin, cloud computing, trade wars, demographic shifts, and much more have remade the global economy.
Without a book like this, it’s almost impossible to keep up with what’s evolving. The New World Economy, by Randy Epping, simply explains you what you need to know. If you want to better understand how the global economy works today, this is the audiobook for you.
9. Beginner: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration combined with expert commentary on the psychology and science of learning, this is your book. Author Tom Vanderbilt chronicles his journey to master five new skills: chess, drawing, juggling, surfing, and singing.
As the title implies, Beginners isn’t just about learning to improve your business or career prospects. It’s also about the joy and transformative power of embracing curiosity and becoming an adult beginner.
10. Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege, and Bias
Even if you don’t experience it firsthand, discrimination in the workplace is all around.
The only way to reckon with it is to pay attention and understand what your employees may be facing. Author Bari Williams allows you to do just that. Her collection of 25 interviews with victims of—among others—race, gender, and age discrimination exposes life experiences, you may have never known about.
In short, Diversity in the Workplace will help you better understand and grapple with the experiences of your current and future employees.
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