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Are you looking for advice and insights that can help you succeed in business?

There is a lot of content out there. So much so, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. On Amazon.com, a search for books on Business and Money reveals 1,996,692 results…and that number will likely only continue to grow.

As an avid reader, Voices.com CEO David Ciccarelli has read and listened to hundreds of books on the subject of entrepreneurship, as well as leveraged the wisdom of several notable authors to help him advance his business.

What this means, is that you can take advantage of the goodreads that made his shortlist.

“Many businesses have failed because of weak strategy but more businesses have entrepreneurs struggling with execution of the strategy,” says David, in an Entrepreneur.com article.

If you want to better understand how to develop winning strategy and learn how to follow through on great ideas, you may find David’s top book picks to be very helpful.

David’s Top books for Business Development

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

By Patrick M. Lencioni *
Narrated by Patrick M. Lencioni

    Book cover for The Advantage

Retailer’s Description

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are.

2. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

By Grant Cardone
Narrated by Gildan Author

Book cover for The 10X Rule

Retailer’s Description

While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you’re after big goals, you don’t want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action. This 4th degree, also know as the 10X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

3. Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business + Website

By Matt Blumberg
Narrated by William Michael Redman

Startup CEO book cover

Retailer’s Description

As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg’s experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he’s faced over the dozen years he’s been a CEO.

  • Offers valuable insights into how the CEO sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders.
  • Discusses how to build a company’s human capital by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the very best talent.
  • Examines how a CEO must align available resources with the company’s strategy in order to ensure success.
  • Addresses what it takes to master the “How” of being a CEO—from leading an executive team to managing in any type of market

4. The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

By Josh Kaufman
Narrated by Josh Kaufman

The Personal MBA book cover

Retailer’s Description

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice-one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether.

5. The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm

By Shu Hattori
Narrated by John Haag

Book cover for the McKinsey Edge

Retailer’s Description

The ultimate guide to managing your career―at every level, through every transition―The McKinsey Edge culls the best practices of an exclusive group of executives and consultants from McKinsey & Company, the legendary consulting firm that services eighty percent of the world’s largest corporations. Drawing on his time as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey, Hattori presents rigorously selected, battle-tested tips that will give you the edge you need to up your game, raise your profile, and take your career to the next level―using a proven four-step program.

6. 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

By John C. Maxwell
Narrated by John C. Maxwell

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Retailer’s Description

Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential.


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