6 Books About Business Productivity You Should Read

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When I do reading list suggestions, it is usually a list of books I already read and that I can comment on. Lately, I didn’t take as much time as I should to actually read books about business productivity but I sure didn’t stop buying them. So here is a list of six books I have on my ereader that are waiting for me to make the time to get to it.


1. Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson

I already confessed my admiration for Sir Richard Branson. He is an accomplished businessman, he never stops to try new business ventures and he is a kiteboarder just like I am. Business productivity is just like extreme sports, it is a fine balance between doing great and failing hard.

The chapter I can’t wait to read: Chapter 6 Entrepreneurs and Leadership

“This is as true in business as it is in ice climbing, ballooning, mountaineering or powerboat racing. You need to understand the challenges to your enterprise and face up to them. Equally, you have to resist the temptation to overreact at the first sign of trouble.”


2. Let my People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Don’t you think that productive employees are happy and engaged employees? Both I and Yvon Chouinard think so. It may be explained by the French-Canadian origins or the love for nature.

The chapter I can’t wait to read: Human Resource Philosophy

“I cannot imagine any company that wants to make the best product of its kind being staffed by people who do not care passionately about the product.”


3. The Dip by Seth Godin

This book is making the list even if I read it several times before. I sure will read it many more times to remind me what is the difference between sticking to something for the right reasons and letting something go, again for the right reasons. What did you conscientiously quit lately? Was it for the right reasons? Did it improve your business productivity?

The chapter I can’t wait to (re)read: If You’re Not Going to Get to #1, You Might as Well Quit Now.

“You should quit if you’re on a dead-end path. You should quit if you’re facing a Cliff. You should quit if the project you’re working on has a Dip that isn’t worth the reward at the end.”


4. The Personal MBA – Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

Would adding a new diploma to your office wall actually add value to your business productivity? How much would a MBA cost you if you were to go back to school tomorrow? Between the tuition fees, the books, the lost income and the lost quality time with your family, you may want to consider reading this book first and see what you can get out of it. I sure do!

The chapter I can’t wait to read: Chapter 8 Working with Yourself

“Every project and every task that you decide to work on takes a certain amount of Attention, energy, and focus to get it done. The question is: how can you accomplish everything you need to do most effectively?”


5. Practice Perfect – 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov

If you are a leader in your organization, you should be leading by example when it comes to business productivity best practices. With these 42 rules, I’m sure this book will help each of us down that road.

The chapter I can’t wait to read: Rule 34 Everybody Does It

“As the leader, be willing to model and engage in practice yourself.”


6. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman

In my point of view, people are at their most productive when they are feeling good about themselves and their surroundings. It may just be the psychiatry specialized Registered Nurse that I am who is resurfacing here but when I read this post in Brain Pickings, I knew I just found something great. Of course, I bought the book! To Seligman, the five measurable elements of well-being are Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment.

The chapter I can’t wait to read: Chapter 2 Creating Your Happiness: Positive Psychology Exercises That Work

“Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. (…) Next to each positive event, answer the question “Why did this happen?” (…) Writing about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now.”

I have been doing it for about two weeks and it sure is addictive. I feel that switching my focus from the negative to the positive is making me more productive.


What are the books related to business productivity waiting on your bookshelves or ereader? Please share, I would love to hear about your suggestions.



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