2017 Business Reading List

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

With the 2016 ‘Best of’ lists still swirling around, we thought we would look ahead to 2017.  At FNG, LLC, we’re always looking for resources to help not only our business but our clients’ businesses.  Here’s the list of books we look forward to reading and talking about in 2017.


  1. Good to Great, Jim Collins

A thorough study of 28 companies over 5 years, Good to Great is an analysis of why some companies make the leap to greatness.  And others don’t.


  1. To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink

This has been on our reading list since it hit the bestseller’s list in 2013.  In 2017, we want to look at sales very differently – instead of thinking of sales as a business department, we want to see it as an extension of everything our staff does, from providing excellent services to advocating for our team to others.


  1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth

Genius or Grit? Duckworth’s hypothesis – that passion and perseverance is a bigger predictor of success than inherent ability – is especially telling when we think about how we deal with all the anxieties we face as business owners on a daily basis.


  1. Smarter Faster Better, Charles Duhigg

Duhigg’s follow-up to The Power of Habit is about managing how you think, instead of what you think, to drive productivity and success.


  1. Chaos Monkey, Antonio Garcia Martinez

Part The Social Network and part Wolf of Wall Street, Chaos Monkey explores Martinez’s time at Facebook and Twitter, taking on the Silicon Valley business culture. We feel sure there are lessons to be learned about managing culture, employees, and fast growth in the visionary power plays described.


  1. Superbosses, Sydney Finkelstein

Superbosses are talent magnets and the kinds of people employees want to do their best for. Who wouldn’t want a superboss in their business?


  1. Small Data, Martin Lindstrom

In the midst of all our conversations about Big Data and trends in our industries, Lindstrom says that it’s the small data that can hint at what is to come, helping you lead instead of follow.


  1. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant

Is your business supportive of the idea from left field?  Originating new ideas, policies, and practices can be scary at times, but it’s the only true way to create.


Stay tuned for our thoughts on these books in the coming months. First up is Pink’s To Sell is Human, if you are looking to read along with FNG, LLC. Be sure you’re following us on Facebook and LinkedIn (link to profiles) to hear how it’s going.  And check back with the FNG, LLC blog for updates to the list throughout 2017.

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