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Top 10 Business Reads and Podcasts for the New Year

Published on Feb 14, 2020 at 8:20 pm in Tech Trends.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to meet new business goals, it doesn’t hurt to take some tips from the experts. There are a number of new books and podcasts out there that are helping businesses grow and excel. To help our readers with their goals, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 business reads and podcasts for the New Year. Let’s start by taking a look at the books you should be reading.

Best 2020 Business Reads

The books below can help you shape your business in a new direction or change up your management style so your employees are as productive and happy as possible. We’ve got a list with big names tackling big subjects, and up-and-comers looking to share their unique perspective on business in a variety of industries.

1) Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success

This book by Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath, and Martin Mocker, recognizes that most well-established companies are now operating using the cloud, mobile apps, and artificial intelligence. The authors, however, want to stress the importance of being designed for digital success. Readers learn how effective business design helps a company surpass the competition and discover new opportunities.

2) The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives

This book takes a look at how technology and its advancements impact daily lives and society as a whole. Readers witness a potential future where AI, virtual reality, and digital biology merge with 3D printing, blockchain, and more. The authors, Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, are both New York Times bestsellers and successful company founders.

3) Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

This bestselling book is from authors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani. As a provocative read, Iansiti and Lakhani discuss how businesses can remove the constraints related to scale, scope, and learning by reinventing companies around data, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

4) Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say and What You Don’t

Understanding the difference between good and bad word choice and phrasing improves the relationship between employers and their employees. L. David Marquet understands this concept and wants to help business owners understand that employees do more than follow orders. According to Marquet, it’s important for employers to update how they communicate with their employees, so everyone contributes to performance and problem solving.

5) A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, And How We Should Respond

As a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, this book provides a visionary account of how technology is transforming the world of work and what businesses can do about it. The author, Daniel Susskind, discusses the potential for job insecurity as technology advances and why employees are still a necessary part of any successful company.

Best 2020 Business Podcasts

The best thing about podcasts is you can listen to them whenever and wherever. Whether you’re on your daily commute to the office, or you’re out for a walk with the dog, you can listen to the top international business experts talking about their ideas. The podcasts below focus on topics that help businesses expand in positive directions.

1) How I Built This

If you’ve ever wondered how massive multi-million and billion-dollar empires have grown to where they are now, this podcast is for you. The host, Guy Raz, facilitates conversations with founders of massively successful businesses to focus on what was happening before the money and fame—including how their relationships have changed and what they attribute their success to.

2) The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is both a venture capitalist and best-selling author. On his show, he interviews innovators, inventors, and business owners in a variety of industries. The discussions revolve around daily routines and discovering the secrets to high performance.

3) The Indicator

From the creators of Planet Money, this podcast helps those in business make sense of what’s happening today. Whether they’re discussing politics, the economy, world events, or celebrity news, they always bring it back to focus on how businesses can thrive in this constantly changing world.

4) The Mind Your Business Podcast

As a business owner, remaining consistent and confident is challenging at times. This podcast by James Wedmore offers weekly advice and motivational discussions. As a digital CEO, Wedmore wants to help company founders take their business mindset to the next level.

5) Rise and Grind

Daymond John, a serial entrepreneur and a star of ABC’s Shark Tank, uses this podcast to highlight the secrets successful people have used to make their money and manage their time effectively.

We hope the books and podcasts we’ve talked about help your business thrive in 2020. For more ways to grow your business, get in touch with our IT experts.  

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