5 Books global CEOs are reading that you shouldn’t miss

Every CEO in the world has a lot to do in very little time. Their position is reason enough to believe in their judgement. So when you find a CEO investing his valuable time in reading a book, you better pay attention to the book.

Ennie Lim, CEO & Co-founder, HoneyBee, a finance company in Los Angeles

The Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek

Sinek offers an illuminating perspective of leadership; he elucidates – what leaders are really responsible for is not results, but the people who generate the results. Sinek paints the picture of an ideal organizational ambience to drive performance – It’s a space of comfort devoid of fear – an environment where information flows freely, mistakes are highlighted, and help is offered and received with ease. Creating such an environment is crucial for businesses to surge ahead, faster and smoother.

Hiroyuki Kiga, Co-founder, Wallex, a Singapore-based fintech startup

The Hard Things About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz

It’s a fascinating account of Horowitz’s dynamic journey as an entrepreneur. Replete with real life examples showcasing both Horowitz’s best and worst decisions, the book offers insightful business solutions and ways to avoid obvious snags that can be exercised in life by the readers. Overall the book demonstrates Horowitz’s magnificent character and narrates the several instances where he overcame challenges time and again with grit and persistence. This book offers a bank of ideas if you are navigating through tough times yourself.

Mike Morini, CEO, WorkForce Software, New York City

Book of Joy—Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Everybody is always looking for a formula to be happy but more so in the current pandemic scenario that is abound with anxiety and uncertainty. Authors of this book say that the key to be happy is to focus on gratitude. While the book treats the readers to deep reflections captured via candid dialogue between the authors, the insights to “happy brain” are backed by neuroscience illustrations. With the support of research, the book intends to demonstrate how humans are wired which is really helpful for leaders handling teams.

Adem Selita, Co-founder & CEO, The Debt Relief Company, New York City

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World, by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

This book is a must read for leaders working towards building or improving their work culture. The authors break the stereotypes about office culture and expound on how toppling the status quo can create an organizational culture better suited for the employees and ultimately contribute to holistic upliftment of the employees and the enterprise.

Charli Burbidge, Co-founder, Petz, (a pet care services firm) in Manchester, UK

Notes on a Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig

Not strictly a managerial book, it reckons readers to pause and peep into themselves, reviewing their practices and habits as a person and then reflect on how these affect their business. The author prompts the readers to introspect their general and digital habits, sleep patterns, social media and news consumption with the objective to work out ways that can make them feel more calm and happy. The book sends a powerful yet simple message: when people feel better, they are more beneficial to their organization.



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