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If you work in tech then you know just how rapidly the landscape can change. Not only in business, but also in the workplace itself. The fast-moving workplace makes for a high turnover rate of low-level employees which is a blessing and curse – depending on the talent shuffle. All this moving around can make for one big distraction.

To stay focused, stay intrigued and stay inspired we’ve rounded up our top 5 business books from 2016 to ring in the New Year with. They’re sure to spark your creative interest, give you something new to bring to the table in 2017 and teach you more about the world you live in – the tech world.

 

 

Click the book titles to be taken to the Amazon page where you can learn more, preview pages and purchase.

 

 

1. Crossing the Chasm

We know, we know – you already read this one. Well, read it again and again… and again. If you haven’t read it, this book is the tech bubble bible. It explains how new innovative technology enters the marketplace, it’s struggles throughout and how tech marketers can make sure their new products are adopted by the mainstream. Even if you don’t work in marketing it’s important to understand. After all, the products and services you work on will be introduced and sold in that market. Make sure you cover all the bases and pick up the updated version of Crossing the Chasm.

2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

This book isn’t just for tech workers or business people – it’s for parents, athletes or anyone with a goal. Author Angela Duckworth teaches her philosophy on how greatness is achieved in this business-centered self-help book. Grit, as she calls it, is a mix between passion and perseverance that, if not naturally possessed by an individual, can be learned. If you’re feeling like you need an inspiration boost then this is a great choice.

3. The Inevitable: Understand the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

This book, written by the co-founder of Wired magazine, is a non-fiction technology thriller if there ever was one. Kevin Kelly’s big ideas will leave you gazing into the future partially afraid and partially in awe of what everyone here in Silicon Valley is doing with all this tech. If you’re one to ponder about the future of humans and machine, this is your starting point.

4. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Switch your phone on airplane mode, put it down and pick up this book. Deep Work aims to teach you how to stay precisely focused on one task so that you can be a craftsman in your particular trade, no matter what it is. It’s about work ethic, mastering your mind and going deeper into your career. (Now, if only you could make it through a book without all those distractions!)

5. Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

Whether you’re a weathered professional or a new-to-market millennial, it’s important to understand what good bossed looks like and what superbosses looks like. Author Sydney Finkelstein is an exceptional leadership expert who has interviewed hundreds of superbosses all over the world to find out what makes them as great as they are. Curious about how leaders with less education can run fortune 500 companies or how some businesses just seem to have all the luck? Superbosses can answer these questions.

 

It’s almost the New Year! You better get to reading; We’ll leave you to it.

 

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