From the start of the "Kiss too" blog I've published many book-reviews on business advice books and created an own category for them: "Business Books and Novels".
The list of titles is still growing and I thought the time ripe to create a 'fixed' page on this blog.
Voilà, here it is, all complying with my personal definition of "proper business advice books" and grouped together in my own favourite distinguishing two categories:
Foundation Blocks: "those essential blocks (i.e. knowledge, facts, principles, attitudes) in starting, growing any business you can’t go without (or end up on that big pile where 4 out of 5 start-ups find themselves within the first 5 years of trading)"
Good to Great by Jim Collins and co (still my number one!)
Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company Also by Jim Collins (9 years before Good to Great was published - gives you a foretaste of things to come)
The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communication Stick by Andy Bounds (My latest discovery, and it comes with my highest recommendations!)
Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton
First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman (my first encounter with many, part foundation - part building blocks, publications from the Gallup Organisation)
Knowing-Doing Gap, The: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action by Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton.
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt (My first encounter with the phenomenon Business Novels, which principle I duly followed when writing my own 'business novel' - The Kiss Business
The Long Tail by Chris Anderson
The Secrets of Word-of-Mouth Marketing by George Silverman (a combination between "The Goal" and Permission Marketing")
Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers by Seth Godin (a perfect read after "The Long Tail")
Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton (a logical follow-up on "First, break all the rules")
Go, Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham ("Walk the Talk" after you've discovered your strengths - highly recommend you read it together with "The Brag Book", see below)
Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus (as mentioned before - if you combine it with "Go Put your Strengths to Work" you'll get a double whammy out of it, honestly!
(updated continuously, because I presumable never stop reading. It's in 'the blood')