An MBA friend recently entered the work force and asked me to recommend some good business books to read. He is fortunate because his job puts him in situations where he spends extended periods of time with executives. He figured that reading any books would help him with his new career, and consequently wasn’t asking for anything in particular. At first I was stumped. His request was so broad I didn’t know which direction to point him. I didn’t think I could effectively pick a book that would meet his natural curiosity and capture his interest. With this in mind, I took a different direction on his request.
I explained that I didn’t really know what he was looking for but I had an idea that would hopefully solve his request. My thought was to provide a list of books that would enable him to hold interesting conversations with CEO’s and other MBA’s. Some are “must reads” but there should be a few that will give you a different way to think about “best business books”. With this in mind, I put together the following list of books that I believe will give him talking points so he can hold conversations with his executive level customers: