Business leaders didn’t get to where they are today without a bit of wisdom guiding them along the way.
Many of them cite books — whether strategy guides or novels — that inspired them or changed the way they think.
'I think a lot about design and products and how things should work. But it makes you notice things that can be infuriating. Like, why does my sandwich shop have meat all the way over there? At the same time, it makes you think about design in new ways, because when you use something everyday it needs to be absolutely efficient and not get in your way. It's cool to be able to articulate and discuss that on a level that is really accessible and interesting.'
He first read the Aeneid while he was studying Latin in high school, and he recounted the story of Aeneas's quest and his desire to build a city that, he said, quoting the text in English, 'knows no boundaries in time and greatness.'
Trump named 'The Power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale as his favourite book, according to ShortList Magazine. This book inspired Trump at his lowest moment when he was billions of dollars in debt. He told Psychology Today:
'My father was friends with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I had read his famous book, 'The Power of Positive Thinking.' I'm a cautious optimist but also a firm believer in the power of being positive. I think that helped. I refused to be sucked into negative thinking on any level, even when the indications weren't great. That was a good lesson because I emerged on a very victorious level. It's a good way to go.'
Hsieh told USA Today that one of his favourite books is 'Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organisation' by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright.
''Tribal Leadership' codifies a lot of what we've been doing instinctually and provides a great framework for all companies to bring company culture to the next level,' he said.
Hsieh's other favourites include 'Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow' by Chip Conley and 'The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom' by Jonathan Haidt.
'I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it,' she said, according to The Baltimore Sun. 'I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book.'
Kent's favourite book is 'The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World' by Niall Ferguson, a non-fiction work that chronicles the evolution of the financial system.
'I love books on economic observations,' he told Fox Business News. 'This is one of the best.'
Among her favourites:
'If you read 'The Remains of the Day,' which is one of my favourite books, you can't help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret,' he said in a 2009 interview with Newsweek.
For business books, Bezos recommended 'Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies' by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras.
Gates's favourite book is J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye.'
'I didn't actually read 'Catcher in the Rye' until I was 13, and ever since then I've said that's my favourite book,' he said in an interview with the Academy of Achievement. 'It's very clever. It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart about things and see things that adults don't really see. So I've always loved it.'
Kullman told The Wall Street Journal that her book recommendations included 'The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph, 1942-45' by Frank McLynn, 'The Thomas Sowell Reader' by Thomas Sowell, and 'Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves' by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Bloomberg has been known to hand out 'The Innovator's Dilemma' Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen to friends, according to the New York Times. He's also a fan of 'The Power Broker,' by Robert A. Caro.
Although the Mayor doesn't read much fiction, he is a big fan of historical children's novel 'Johnny Tremain' by Esther Forbes and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' by John le Carré, according to the Times.
In Berkshire-Hathaway's 2003 annual report, Buffett recommended some of his favourite books, including 'Bull!' by Maggie Mahar, 'The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron' by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind and 'In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington' by Robert Rubin and Jacob Weisberg.
The Wall Street Journal published an email from Ullman, listing 'Transparency -- How Leaders Create A Culture of Candor' by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman and James O'Toole as his top book recommendation.
'Warren Bennis was an early mentor in my business career and his new book captures much of what we impact to our top talent,' he wrote.
In an article by US News and World Report, Cuban named his favourite business books as:
'The Gospel of Wealth' by Andrew Carnegie (1889)
'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand (1943)
'The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail' by Clayton Christensen (1997)
'The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need' by Andrew Tobias (1978)
'Cold Calling Techniques (That Really Work!)' by Stephan Schiffman (1987)
In an article by the US News World and Report, Ruiz named his favourite business books as:
'A Message to Garcia' by Elbert Hubbard (1899)
'Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't' by Jim Collins (2001)
'The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits' by C. K. Prahalad (2005)
'Five Essentials for a Winning Life: The Nutrition, Fitness, and Life Plan for Discovering the Champion Within' by Chris Carmichael (2006)
'Dilbert' by Scott Adams (ongoing)
Dimon sent a list of reading recommendations to summer interns. Here is it:
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