Top Business Books

Back in the mid-’90s, buyers of business books were scrambling to understand how the Internet and the tech-centric culture of Silicon Valley would transform their work lives. Amid all the turbulence and change, they were also ready to laugh at dysfunctional workplaces: not one, but two Dilbert books were among Amazon’s top sellers.

The business best-sellers of 2016 told a different story: today, businesspeople are seeking strategies for working better and smarter, leveraging their strengths, and harnessing the latest findings in neuroscience.
Another interesting note: Two of the five top-selling books in 2016—How to Win Friends & Influence People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—are actually much older books, considered business classics. This validates the notion that, in many cases, good business practices—and people skills—are timeless.

1996
The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle’s-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions • Scott Adams

Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook * Scott Adams

Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley’s Cutting Edge • Geoffrey A. Moore

Only the Paranoid Survive • Andrew S. Grove

World Wide Web Marketing: Integrating the 
Internet into Your Marketing Strategy • Jim Sterne

2016
StrengthsFinder 2.0 • Tom Rath

How to Win Friends & Influence People * Dale Carnegie

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success * Carol S. Dweck

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People * Stephen R. Covey

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Parable • Patrick Lencioni

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