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We strongly believe that personal development is one of the key elements for being successful. Personal growth also results in growth of everything and everybody around you, such as your family, friends and professional communities that your are part of.
Reading books can contribute to both your well-being by taking you away from the hectic world we all live in, as well as to your personal development by inspiring and enriching you.
This could be books specifically about personal development and maximizing your well-being, but also about evolving your core skills sets or even developing second skill sets, learning about emerging technologies, or just simply because it is fun. We want you to join us on that journey towards continuous personal development, that's why you can find a selection of books we like, and some of our feedback on this page. We would love to read your comments as well and receive your personal suggestions to expand our library.
50 tips for entrepreneurial greatness
Becoming a successful entrepreneur involves a lot of hard work and an ability to learn from mistakes. In this book, Jürgen Ingels shares what he has learned as a top start-up and scale-up entrepreneur. He offers 50 concrete, practical tips about how to take your company to the next level, from your business model to operations; from marketing and sales to human resources; and from the composition of your team to the financial structure of your organization. With personal anecdotes, Jürgen shar ...
Blue Ocean strategy: how to create uncontested market space and make competition irrelevant
W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
Written by the business world's new gurus, Blue Ocean Strategy continues to challenge everything you thought you knew about competing in today's crowded market place. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and thirty industries, authors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne argue that lasting success comes from creating 'blue oceans': untapped new market spaces ripe from growth. And the business world has caught on - companies around the world are skipping the blo ...
Business model generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers
Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur
Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don't yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need Business Model Generation. Co-created by 470 "Business Model Canvas" practitioners from 45 countries, the book features a beautiful, highly visual, 4-color design that ta ...
Business model shifts: six ways to create new value for customers
Patrick Van Der Pijl, Justin Lockitz, Roland Winjen, Maarten van Lieshout
Uber and Lyft took over the streets in San Francisco, providing a seamless and frictionless experience to get around. Few yellow taxis are left to serve tourists. Amazon shifted its business model from selling books to delivering convenience 24/7 at attractive prices. Driven by the viewing behaviors of their users, Netflix shifted from renting and shipping DVDs to producing original content like Narcos. All of these changes are business model shifts. A shift is a deliberate and system ...
Capitalism without capital: the rise of the intangible economy
Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
Early in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, and software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success. But this is not just ...
Joost Minnaar, Pim de Morree
8 radical lessons from 100 of the world’s most inspiring companies Today’s workplaces are broken. Badly broken. With 85% of employees disengaged, 23% feeling burned out and 37% believing that their job makes no useful contribution to society, work as we know it today is simply not working. The good news? There is a better way. And it's not just theory. It's already practiced in pioneering organisations around the globe. Drawing on Minnaar and De Morree’s visits to 100+ of the wo ...
De onsterfelijke onderneming: overleven in disruptieve tijden
Fons Van Dyck
The Immortal Enterprise is a unique plea for the need for long-term thinking, and ruthlessly dispenses with commonplaces and myths about successful organizations. A survival kit with practical tips and do's and don'ts for every entrepreneur in disruptive times.
Designing products people love: how great designers create successful products
How can you create products that successfully find customers? With this practical book, you’ll learn from some of the best product designers in the field, from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn to up-and-coming contenders. You’ll understand how to discover and interpret customer pain, and learn how to use this research to guide your team through each step of product creation. Written for designers, product managers, and others who want to communicate better with designers, this book is es ...
Factfulness: ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think
When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, o ...
Fanocracy: turning fans into customers and customers into fans
David Meerman Scott, Reiko Scott
How do some brands attract word-of-mouth buzz and radical devotion around products as everyday as car insurance, b2b software, and underwear? They embody the most powerful marketing force in the world: die-hard fans. In this essential book, leading business growth strategist David Meerman Scott and fandom expert Reiko Scott explore the neuroscience of fandom and interview young entrepreneurs, veteran business owners, startup founders, nonprofits, and companies big and small to pinpoint which pr ...
Friday forward: inspiration & motivation to end your week stronger than it started
In FRIDAY FORWARD, Robert shares fifty-two of his favorite stories with real life examples that will motivate you to grow and push you to be your best self. He encourages you to use this book as part of a positive and intentional Friday morning routine to get the weekend started on a forward-looking note that will carry you through the week. At once uplifting and deeply thought-provoking, these stories will challenge you to propel yourself outside your comfort zone to unlock your innate potentia ...
Fully staffed: the definitive guide to finding & keeping great employees
If you've ever struggled to keep your business staffed with high-performing, loyal employees even for unsexy jobs with high turnover rates this book is here to solve your hiring and retention woes. Fully Staffed will give you an edge over your competitors by enabling you to streamline your hiring process, expand your brand awareness through job advertising, build a pipeline of qualified candidates ready to fill positions before they re even vacant, and refine your hiring funnel so that ...
Game storming: a playbook for innovators, rulebreakers and changemakers
Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo
Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming. This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and ma ...
Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity
Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives ...
Arthur M. Blank
Arthur M. Blank believes that for good companies, purpose and profit can-and should-go hand in hand. And he should know. Together with cofounder Bernie Marcus, Blank built The Home Depot from an idea and a dream to a $50 billion-dollar company, the leading home improvement retailer in the world. And even while opening a new store every 42 hours, they never lost sight of their commitment to care for their people and communities. In fact, in 2001, The Home Depot was voted America's most socially r ...
Hall Moore on leadership: winning when outgunned and outmanned
Harold G. Moore
Hal Moore on Leadership offers a comprehensive guide to the principles that helped shape Moore's success both on and off the battlefield. They are strategies for the outnumbered, outgunned, and seemingly hopeless. They apply to any leader in any organization - business or military. These lessons and principles are nothing theoretical or scientific. They are simply rules of thumb learned and practiced by a man who spent his entire adult life leading others and perfecting his art of leadership.
Homo Deus: a brief history of tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari
Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more peo ...
Intelligent automation: learn how to harness artificial intelligence to boost business & make our world more human
Pascal Bornet, Ian Barkin, Jochen Wirtz
This is the first reference book on Intelligent Automation (IA). Also called Hyperautomation, it is one of the most recent trends in the field of artificial intelligence. IA is a cutting-edge combination of methods and technologies, involving people, organizations, machine learning, low-code platforms, robotic process automation (RPA), and more. This book is for everyone – whether you are an experienced practitioner, new to the topic, or simply interested in what the future hold ...
It’s the manager: moving from boss to coach
It’s the Manager shows leaders how to adapt their organizations to rapid change, ranging from new workplace demands to managing remote employees, a diverse workforce, the rise of artificial intelligence, gig workers, and attracting – and keeping – today’s best employees.
It’s your ship: management techniques from the best damn ship in the Navy
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity. Knowing that responsibility for improving performance rested with him, he realized he had to improve his own leadership skills before he could improve his ship. Within months, he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers eager to take the initiative and responsibility for their actions. The slogan on board became "It's your ship ...
Lean UX: designing great products with agile teams
Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden
Lean UX has become the preferred approach to interaction design, tailor-made for today’s agile teams. In the second edition of this award winning book, leading advocates Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden expand on the valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques covered in the first edition to share how product teams can easily incorporate design, experimentation, iteration, and continuous learning from real users into their Agile process. Inspired by Lean and Agile development theories,&nb ...
Me, myself and us: the science of personality and the art of well-being
Dr. Brian R. Little
Me, Myself, and Us explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday’s breakfast conversation, such as whether our personality traits are “set” by age thirty or whether our brains and selves are more plastic. He considers what our personalities portend for our health and success, and the extent to which our well-being depends on the personal projects we pursue. Through stories, studies, personal experiences, and entertaining i ...
Office optional: how to build a connected culture with virtual teams
Virtual work isn't the model of the future-it's here now. But many companies struggle with setting their employees free from the office without sacrificing culture. Centric Consulting president Larry English is here to guide the way. Twenty years ago, Larry and his friends weren't happy in their consulting jobs. The long hours took a serious toll on their personal lives. So they built their own company where employees could work virtually and the culture would contribute to both the business's s ...
Pitching ideas: make people fall in love with your ideas
Jeroen van Geel
We are good at designing beautiful products and we offer good services. We always know exactly what the user wants and we know dozens of methodologies. However, if we have to convince our customers and colleagues, we find it rather difficult. For one reason or another, pitching ideas is one of the most undervalued practices in the creative field. From convincing a colleague to opt for a certain methodology to persuading a customer to go for a certain concept, you can have the best ideas in the w ...
Sapiens: a brief history of humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pu ...
Scrum: the art of doing twice the work in half the time
Jeff Sutherland; J.J. Sutherland
For those who believe that there must be a more agile and efficient way for people to get things done, here is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the leadership and management process that is changing the way we live.
Sprint: solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days
Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz
Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution? Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Brade ...
Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action
Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it. Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why. Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ...
Stronger through adversity: world-class leaders share pandemic-tested lessons on thriving during the toughest challenges
Joseph A. Michelli
COVID-19 has disrupted business and life in ways we never imagined. Within days of the outbreak, Joseph Michelli―the world-renowned business expert who has cracked the leadership codes of Starbucks, Airbnb, Mercedes-Benz USA, and many other top companies―went to work. He contacted 140+ senior leaders at major companies about their specific challenges and how they were meeting them―getting raw yet thoughtful real-time insights into a crisis that will define an entire generation of leaders.& ...
The best interface is no interface: the simple path to brilliant technology
Screens have taken over our lives. Most people spend over eight hours a day staring at a screen, and some “technological innovators” are hoping to grab even more of your eyeball time. You have screens in your pocket, in your car, on your appliances, and maybe even on your face. Average smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day, responding to the addictive buzz of Facebook or emails or Twitter.Are you sick? There’s an app for that! Need to pray? There’s an app for that! Dead? We ...
The Black Swan
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.
The cult of the customer: create an amazing customer experience that turns satisfied customers into customer evangelists
In today’s competitive business climate, you can’t just satisfy your customers. You have to be better than that, giving them experiences that they won’t forget. Author Shep Hyken has spent thirty years studying great companies and the evangelists they create. In The Cult of the Customer, Hyken shows how to design a strategy that leads both customers and employees through five distinct cultural phases – from "uncertainty" to "amazement." By presenting dozens of case studies that ...
The forever transaction: how to build a subscription model so compelling, your customers will never want to leave
Robbie Kellman Baxter
Develop and cultivate the kind of robust, long-term customer relationships that power companies like Nike, Spotify, LinkedIn, and Target More and more companies are concluding that the potential rewards of subscription-based products and services are worth the risk of radically changing their business models. They’re correct. The Membership Economy is here and it’s here to stay―and if you want to compete for the long run, you need to join it. Strategy consultant Robbie Kellman Baxter ...
The future is faster than you think: how converging technologies are transforming business, industries and our lives
Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
Technology is accelerating far more quickly than anyone could have imagined. During the next decade, we will experience more upheaval and create more wealth than we have in the past hundred years. In this gripping and insightful roadmap to our near future, Diamandis and Kotler investigate how wave after wave of exponentially accelerating technologies will impact both our daily lives and society as a whole. What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D ...
The inevitable: understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future
Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these dee ...
The master algorithm: how the quest for the ultimate learning machine will remake our world
A thought-provoking and wide-ranging exploration of machine learning and the race to build computer intelligences as flexible as our own In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He ...
The offer you can’t refuse: what if customers want more than excellent service?
Steven Van Belleghem
How can you stay relevant for your customers? The answer is a combination of the following three factors: technology, personal involvement and social commitment. The past ten years have been marked by the arrival of 4G, mobile services, and robotics. These technologies have brought about a revolution in the field of customer experience and in the future, this will evolve even further. As a company, you will have to take a more active part in the personal life journey of your customers. This open ...
The phoenix and the unicorn
Unicorn start-ups are brilliant. But, let’s be honest, very few of us will become, found, or work for one. Most of us are connected to large companies that struggle to keep themselves relevant for the ever-changing customer. That’s why this book is about a creature that’s just as magical but perhaps offers a more realistic inspiration: the Phoenix. These are the companies that – just like this mythical bird – are able to rethink themselves in cycles: time and time again they rise from ...
The scrum fieldbook: a master class on accelerating performance, getting results and defining the future
Thinking, fast and slow
In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect o ...
Thirst of CRO: sell online like an expert
My thirst for CRO (conversion rate optimization) is a Best seller topic in Digital Marketing and the author has ensured that he covers this topic in- depth. You need to have no knowledge of online / digital marketing or of UI / UX or even CX. You just need to be someone who is curious as the author has presented the information in a story like format Marketing, Ecommerce, Top Management and Online business teams should read this book to enhance their skills towards focused growth
This is service design doing: applying service design thinking in the real world
Marc Stickdorn, Markus Edgar Hormess, Adam Lawrence, Jakob Schneider
How can you establish a customer-centric culture in an organization? This is the first comprehensive book on how to actually do service design to improve the quality and the interaction between service providers and customers. You’ll learn specific facilitation guidelines on how to run workshops, perform all of the main service design methods, implement concepts in reality, and embed service design successfully in an organization. Great customer experience needs a common language acr ...
Value proposition design: how to create products and services customers want
Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, Alan Smith
Value Proposition Design helps you tackle the core challenge of every business ― creating compelling products and services customers want to buy. This highly practical book, paired with its online companion, will teach you the processes and tools you need to create products that sell. Using the same stunning visual format as the authors’ global bestseller, Business Model Generation, this sequel explains how to use the “Value Proposition Canvas” to design, test, create, and manage pr ...
Zconomy: how Gen Z will change the future of business – and what to do about it
Jason R. Dorsey, Denise Villa
Gen Z changes everything. Today’s businesses are not built to sell and market the way Gen Z shops and buys, or to recruit and employ Gen Z the way they find and keep jobs. Leaders need answers now as gen Z is the fastest growing generation of employees and the most important group of consumer trendsetters. The companies that quickly and comprehensively adapt to Gen Z thinking will be the winners for the next twenty years. Those that don’t will be the losers or become extinct. &nbs ...