After finishing with my (long) studies, there was a long period that I hadn’t read any book. I limited my reading material to business- and research-related documents, newspapers and magazines.

Then suddenly, like turning a switch, I decided to start reading books to help me address the business challenges and a stressful lifestyle. I realized when flying a lot, reading books is a perfect way to upgrade a boring flight into a personal development session.

After searching for some time and with the help of Amazon recommendations I have shortlisted bellow my favorite books that I strongly recommend to all and especially those in the tech business, focusing on innovation with an entrepreneurial drive.

  1. Leadership
    1. John C. Maxwell, The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential
    2. John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition) book
    3. Huntsman, Jon, Winners Never Cheat: Even in Difficult Times: Even in Hard Times


  1. Personal development
    1. Covey, Stephen R., The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    2. Covey, Stephen R., First Things First
    3. Ferrazzi, Keith, Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
    4. Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman


  1. Startups & Innovation management
    1. Ries, Eric, The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
    2. Thiel, Peter, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
    3. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
    4. Christensen, Clayton, The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
    5. Rubin, Kenneth S., Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process 


  1. Marketing
    1. Robert B. Cialdini, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition
    2. Godin, Seth, All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authen ticity Is the Best Marketing of All
    3.    –        –      ,Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
    4.    –        –      ,Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable–Includes new bonus chapter


  1. Biographies & Enterprises
    1. Vance, Ashlee, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
    2. Isaacson, Walter, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
    3. Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
    4. Schmidt, Eric, How Google Works
    5. Stone, Brad, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
    6. Branson, Sir Richard, The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead