7 Classic Books Mba Graduate Must Read
You might have heard it somewhere sometimes-the leaders are the good readers. One is never too old to learn something new from others’ ideas. So, grab one or two of the classics to read as you take time to sip piping hot tea and munch on crunches.
How to Win Friends and Influence People-Dale Carnegie
The book was first published in 1936, about the time when the Great Depression was looming large on the horizon. However, the classic has been a massive hit among the peoples from all walks of life. Yes, you’ve got to deal with people not just in business but in every field. Carnegie shares the nuggets of wisdom.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People-Stephen R. Covey
Habits-good or bad-make up your personality. And if you want to be effective as an employee, manager or person as a whole, you have to prune your lifestyle accordingly. You only know what to prune for that matter. It’s a hard thing. Really hard thing to do. And Covey’s classic helps you do that.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr-Ron Chernow
It’s a story of the first billionaire in history. Without bias or adulation, Chernow throws light on the life of business tycoon, Rockefeller who was a devoted Baptist. From rustic origins to creation of wealth through monopoly capitalism, Rockefeller’s life rocks as you go through page after page.
The Hard Thing About The Hard Things-Ben Horowitz
No doubt Peter Drucker is one of the finest motivational speakers in management circles. Even so, Horowitz who himself a successful and respected entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley talks about running a business with the rap-like engaging flow.
The Wealth of Nations-Adam Smith
The content may not be engaging due to its all-greek-to-me like terminology unless you know a little bit about economy and its basic terminology. Nevertheless, this classic is a must read and you definitely will benefit from his wealth of knowledge.
Man’s Search for Meaning-Viktor Frankl
Set in the backdrop of Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, Viktor who himself a camp inmate narrates hoping against hopeless in a compelling way. It’s all about finding the meaning and hoping when things are going wrong. Be it business or employment, for that matter anything that is related to life.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion-Dr Robert B Cialdini
Business and War have one thing in common-win it on the mind. Otherwise, you lose it before you even start it. That’s what you see in every marketing strategy on dailies, billboards, and above all, on a television set. Cialdini lucidly presents its contents that he succeeded in persuasion to make it a business essential.
One cannot be a leader overnight but can be a reader. And it all starts with one good book for a quiet, solacing company.
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