5 Great Business Books to Read in 2018

Want to know about some of the great business books coming out in 2018? I receive tons of advance copies from publishers and authors, and here are some of my favorites that will be released in the next few months.


(If you see a few books you like, consider pre-ordering instead of waiting until the release date. Pre-orders are extremely important — sometimes disproportionately so — to a book’s longer-term success.)


  1. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Daniel Coyle: January 30


Dan should be considered the Stephen King of practical, useful in everyday life (as opposed to “that was interesting, but what do I actually do with it?) non-fiction. Everything he writes is gold.


The Culture Code is no exception. Dan went inside incredibly successful organizations like the San Antonio Spurs, Pixar, and SEAL Team Six to uncover three key skills that explain how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. He shows that great teams don’t just have that special “something” — they have leaders who intentionally build them into something great.


  1. Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need

Kimberly Davis: January 30


Leading — truly leading — is hard. And intimidating. And stressful. That’s why so many people adopt some sort of leadership persona, in effect acting like we think leaders should behave.


But if you want to be a great leader, you need to have the courage to be yourself. Kimberly shows you how to genuinely connect, to be genuinely influential, and how to truly lead people to get the results you — and they — need.


  1. Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being

Shawn Achor: January 30


Shawn is the king of personal happiness. (His bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, is great.) But personal happiness is also “Small Potential” — a limited degree of success that we can achieve on our own. “Big Potential” is what we can achieve with other people.


When you help others reach their goals, you can reach your goals — and you can all be happier.


Can’t beat that.


  1. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Alex Hutchinson: February 6


It’s really easy to stop too soon. Your brain tells you that you’re too tired (mentally or physically) and that you’ve done enough.


But you can always do more.


As Alex writes, “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop” is what endurance is all about — and he provides endurance-boosting techniques that anyone can benefit from.


Want to achieve more? Often that means you have to do more — and Alex will show you how.


  1. The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders

Elena Botelho, Kim Powell: March 6, 2018


Botelho and Powell sifted through a huge amount of data to uncover what makes a great CEO.


It turns out that while the usual suspects like education and connections are important, what really matters is that great CEOs are decisive, reliable, deliver what they promise without exception, boldly adapt to changing conditions, and engage with stakeholders without avoiding conflict. ‚Äč


And it turns out that many have failed along the way — sometimes in a really big way.