The Best Business Strategy Books

hg.Advisers Director Jonathan Herps has compiled a list of the best business strategy books that will help you grow your business. If you are a growth-focused business owner, manager or leader then this reading list is for you.

Jonathan is a Gazelles Scaling Up Coach and avid reader. He brings with him over 30 years’ business experience and the internationally proven Scaling Up framework to help companies with their business growth strategy. Scaling Up is recognised as a global leader in executive education. As part of the rigorous certification process, Jonathan is expected to have read and understood the business growth theory of the best thought leaders in the world. That means he has read, understood and has access to the IP of globally recognised experts such as Brad Smart, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and Verne Harnish.

From his extensive reading and knowledge, Jonathan has compiled a list of the best business strategy books you should read if you are wanting to scale your business with success.

The Number One Business Book You Should Read To Grow

Vern Harnish’s Scaling Up 2.0: Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.

This business strategy book is recognised for its world-leading business framework and is used by over 40,000 businesses globally to scale their businesses – many to $1 billion and beyond.  If you are finding that you are stuck in a growth trap and you are frustrated by your growth rate, then Jonathan recommends picking up a copy of this book today. The scaling up framework and tools in this book have been developed over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives to scale up globally. If you are serious about growth then this is a must-read business book. Jonathan has reviewed Scaling Up and his other top business strategy books below. Take a look and choose one or two to add to your business library.

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Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

“Knowing what to do is not the major challenge faced by executives – finding who to do it is! Here’s great advice for a talent-hungry world.” – MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

In this instant New York Times Bestseller, Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls “the single biggest problem in business today”: unsuccessful hiring. The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even more startling when you consider that the typical hiring success rate of managers is only 50 percent.

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The Five Temptations Of A CEO By Patrick Lencioni

Who should read this book:  Growth focused business owners, managers and leaders, executive and leadership development teams and entrepreneurs.

When this book was published ten years ago, The Five Temptations of a CEO was like no other business book that came before. Highly sought-after management consultant Patrick Lencioni deftly told the tale of a young CEO who, facing his first annual board review, knows he is failing, but doesn’t know why.

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Who should read this book:  Growth focused business owners, managers and leaders, executive and leadership development teams and entrepreneurs.

Leadership expert and thought leader Liz Wiseman has researched leadership qualities for decades. In her book Multipliers, she explores two leadership styles. The first type of leader drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These people she calls ‘diminishers’. Then there are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the people around them. These are the leaders who inspire employees. Wiseman calls these leaders ‘Multipliers’.

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Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap and others don’t.

This is a must read for all business leaders. Why? Because in Good to Great, Jim Collins explains how some companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition. Taking his painstakingly thorough research to the audiences of the world, Collins delves into the common threads that link these great businesses.

Collins used a large team of researchers who studied “6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project”.

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