28 Top Books to Get Ahead in 2018

I’ve been getting some inquiries lately about business book recommendations. When I saw this excellent list from leadership consultant and friend, Robyn Marcotte, I knew it was worth sharing! Any titles you would add to her list below?

28 Top Books to Get Ahead in 2018


2018 is an open book of possibilities, and it’s time to start reading! Reading is known to be one of the primary habits of ultra-successful people, and can open up a world of new ideas and new possibilities.

Start off the New Year right by resolving to read! Here is a list of 28 business books to add to your tablet (or your night stand):

  1. Outside Insight: Navigating a World Drowning in Data by Jørn Lyseggen
  2. Hug Your Haters by Jay Baer
  3. Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh
  4. Selling Vision by Lou Schachter and Rick Cheatam
  5. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.
  6. The Startup Hero’s Pledge by Tim Draper
  7. Leading Through the Turn: How a Journey Mindset Can Help Leaders Find Success and Significance by Elise Mitchell
  8. Surviving the Tech Storm: Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty by Nicklas Bergman
  9. Performance Partnerships: The Checkered Past, Changing Present and Exciting Future of Affiliate Marketing by Robert Glazer
  10. They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan
  11. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
  12. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant
  13. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
  14. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
  15. Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
  16. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
  17. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  18. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West.
  19. The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams by Sam Walker.
  20. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone
  21. Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins
  22. What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data by Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring
  23. Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything by Ulrich Boser
  24. Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg
  25. Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, Sean Lynch and Frederick W. Smith
  26. The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach
  27. Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson
  28. Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention by John Ruhlin

That should get you started for a great year of exploring new ideas and experiencing new challenges!

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    6 Responses to 28 Top Books to Get Ahead in 2018

    1. John Watkins February 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      Interesting. Some great books here, and several that I have already read. I have heard Robin speak and know that she is dynamic speaker and business person. I too, subscribe to the idea that “readers are leaders”, but am disappointed that her list is only business books. To really grow and be a better leader and business person you need to read more widely, history, philosophy, novels, art, and science fiction. To connect with people and new ideas you can not be one dimensional and just read the latest business book. This is a good list and a helpful list but if you really want to have a great year exploring new ideas and experiencing new challenges read a variety of books from all over the globe.

      • Bill Marsh Jr February 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

        Good point, John, and thanks for sharing. As a personal friend of Robyn’s, I can tell you that her reading list includes a much broader range of topics. Her blog (Aha Leadership), however, is focused almost exclusively on business leadership, which is she narrows the focus for her subscribers.

    2. Grant February 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Fantastic list! Thank you, Bill – and Robyn!

      I would add a recent (still reading) read: The Four Principles of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling

      Great book on making sure every person in the organization, top to bottom, understands and owns their role in ‘getting there,’ what that involves along the way, and how to communicate where we are in the process every step.

      • Bill Marsh Jr February 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

        Great suggestion, Grant. We have incorporated the 4 Principles of Execution into our leadership development curriculum starting last quarter and it is making a significant difference in the traction we are getting as we start the year.

        Thanks for sharing!


    3. Ramona S Pleva, DC February 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      I love Start with Why, Follow Your Why and Leaders Eat Last – all by Simon Sinek. If you order from Simon’s website (and not Amazon) the book is autographed and wrapped in a ribbon that says “inspire someone”. :)

    4. Earl Gervais February 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

      Wow .. I need to build a libary .. I love to read motivational books and now my wife is going to be way upset that I am going to be purchasing more. It is all your fault is what I am telling her Buddy !! Just got to new books both by black authors .. great guys .. very successful.. Power Principles the Benefits of a Wisdom – Driven Life by Dale C. Bronner and The Hollywood Commandments a Spiritual Guide to Secular Success by DeVon Franklin. Also a third book .. Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual .. by Jocko Willink .. former Navy Seal .. Bill you must get this book !!! Proverbs 12:27 states .. But Diligence is a man’s precious possession.
      So now I am going to sit on the couch eat Twinkie’s.. have my wife juice some chocolate cake to put in my milk shake and start reading all these books :-)

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