The 3 books below have been ranked and awarded as some of the best business reads of the past year from many trusted sources. They could hold the key to unlocking success for your company in 2022. These fine works make a strong case for why it’s still important to educate yourself through published, long-form content. The topics vary widely, so pick one that fits your needs, fire up your Kindle, and start your learning journey for the New Year.
1: The World For Sale: Money, Power, and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources
by Javier Blas, Jack Farchy
You wouldn’t think controlling the trade of commodities would yield so much power. This book sheds light on just what it’s like to rule the world. Cobalt and other chemicals are up for manipulation within the stock market and those who hold the strings can go so far as to even topple weak national governments, if they so choose. If you like stocks and power, this one is for you.
2: This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
by Nicole Perlroth
The book explores the dark side that is technology. The spotlight they shine on the reliance, yet the basic ignorance we all have about the vulnerabilities of the digital world around us is startling. Leaders of commerce – especially software businesses – that rely on tech to run their business need to read this book. The worst of all future wars are likely to be online with unfathomable collateral damage.
3: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
by Oliver Burkeman
The title is a direct reference to how many weeks we – hopefully – have on the earth. And what are you going to do with them? We can obsess over getting things done and implement every helpful productivity hack we hear about, but is that how you want to spend your time? This book is both humorous while also being existential at times. Deep thinkers and productivity junkies, give this one a gander.
So, while our attention seems to gravitate toward shorter forms of content (like TikTok and Twitter) these days, there’s no denying that a deeply researched book can supply you with business acumen that can serve you for years to come.