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10 Best Business Books Of 2013

Polish your leadership skills and hone your business know-how with the best books of the year.

Use this holiday season to brush up on your business savvy. This collection of books delves into the top qualities of strong business leaders, investigates emerging trends, and recounts some of the year's most interesting and newsworthy technology stories.

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change (Crown Business, 2013)

By Shawn Achor

Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor describes why happiness is the precursor to greater success and how a positive outlook can help you achieve your professional goals. Learn about five strategies to put you on the path to success.

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, And Think (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

By Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

How did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York manholes before they explode? This book offers a peek into the new world of big data, how it changes lives, and how people can protect themselves from its hazards.

[ Want more reading recommendations? See 5 Books For Aspiring CIOs. ]

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work (Crown Business, 2013)

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Learn how to stop agonizing over decisions, make group decisions without destructive politics, and ensure that you don't overlook opportunities to change your course. This book highlights a four-step process to help make better choices in both your personal and professional life.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day (Portfolio Hardcover, 2013)

By Todd Henry

Do you spend your day bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and trying to snag the next promotion? Author Todd Henry encourages readers to focus on the present day and introduces a process that instills consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a steady, productive course.

Difficult People: Dealing With Difficult People At Work (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)

By Colin G. Smith

Everyone has worked with a difficult person at one time or another. This book teaches readers how to build stronger relationships through better communication and offers tips on practical ways to deal with different personalities.

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Kristin Burnham,
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11/18/2013 | 2:54:25 PM
Your must-reads?
What's on your list of must-read books this winter? I still haven't read the Steve Jobs biography. Need to commit to that one.
Social is a Business Imperative
Social is a Business Imperative
The use of social media for a host of business purposes is rising. Indeed, social is quickly moving from cutting edge to business basic. Organizations that have so far ignored social - either because they thought it was a passing fad or just didnít have the resources to properly evaluate potential use cases and products - must start giving it serious consideration.
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