Business Books You'll Want to Read in 2017

Business Books You'll Want to Read in 2017

By Megan Habel , Jan 12th 2017


These are the most anticipated business books of the year.

It’s a new year and with a new year comes new books! We’ve put together a list of some of the top business books of 2017 that you’ll want to read as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you’re looking for the latest tips on productivity or the latest scoop on upcoming technology, these new releases of 2017 offer something for every reader.

Management & Leadership:

1. Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team's Productive Power by Michael C. Mankins and Eric Garton (March 7)

time talent energy

Money and capital is an easy resource to obtain. One resource that isn’t so easy to find is the right talent. Use this book as a how-to guide for energizing your team to their full potential.


2. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek (September 5)

find your why

Best-selling author Simon Sinek already guided us to “Start With Why,” but now it’s time figure to out exactly what your why is and bring your “why” to your company. Colleagues David Mead and Peter Docker bring even more knowledge and tips to this Start With Why followup.


3. Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters by Anthony Tjan (April 25)

good people

A stellar resume is great, but how do you know if the people you’re bringing onto your team have great character to make an impact on your company? In this highly anticipated book, Anthony Tjan defines just what it means to have “good” character and how to recognize this quality in potential and current staff.


4. Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win by Chris Kuenne and John Danner (June 6)

built for growth

While there are many factors that determine the success or failure of a business, one of the key factors is the builder of the organization. Using extensive research, Built for Growth outlines the five challenges that every builder of an organization must face and how to tackle these obstacles.


Marketing & Sales:

1. Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (February 7)

hit makers

Media is a huge part of today’s marketing and sales environment. So how do organizations create a presence in this huge market? Much like Jonah Berger’s Invisible Influences, Hit Makers uses research on some of the world’s most popular products to reveal what actually guides our eye when buying into a company or product.


2. Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing How We Buy and Who We Are by Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron M. Glazer (March 21)


Having fans is great. But in today’s world fandom for a particular celebrity, form of media, or product can start to control the way that idolized figure or object evolves and grows. This publisher's pick helps explain this new age of “superfandom” and how to use it for the good of your organization.


Science & Technology:

1. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (March 7)


Addiction to technology is something we’re all familiar with, as we read this blog post on a computer, tablet, or phone that’s filled with other articles or forms of social media. Professor Adam Alter dives into the science behind how companies are creating more and more addictive technology, crafting a fascinating read for everyone that's ever felt dependent on technology.


2. Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier by Ali Almossawi (April 4)

bad choices

In the same hilarious vein as Bad Arguments, author Ali Almossawi uses insightful data and clever illustrations to bring important facts to light. This short but informative read explains how algorithms make up much of what we as consumers see on a daily basis and how we can use these algorithms to create an informed life for ourselves.


3. The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach (June 20)

the knowledge illusion

Not only will this be one of the most astounding science books released in 2017, with a fascinating focus on how people think, it’s also a great testament to how we work and interact with one another. This thoughtful, thoroughly-researched book reveals that how even though each individual may know so little, as a society we’re able to do so much — thanks to the power of collaboration.


4. Defying Reality: The Inside Story of the Virtual Reality Revolution by David M. Ewalt

defying reality

This is the intriguing and engaging story of how virtual reality — one of the most talked about and fastest rising forms of technology — has come to be and where it’s headed.


Success Advice:

1. The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking by Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack (February 7)

The Net and the Butterfly

One of the most anticipated business books of 2017, this groundbreaking book discusses how breakthrough moments happen and how they’re much more than chance and luck. As authors Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack discuss, it’s about harnessing that free roaming butterfly in your brain at the right moment and using the right net to do it.


2. The Difference: When Good Enough Isn't Enough by Subir Chowdhury (February 21)

the difference

Written by acclaimed management consultant Subir Chowdhury, this 2017 business book looks into what “the difference” is between companies that succeed and those that don’t. Chowdhury uses his own personal observations to show that the difference lies within company culture, as some choose to create a nurturing, thoughtful work environment, while others fail to do so — and eventually fail.


3. Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. by Sarah Robb O'Hagan (April 4)

Extreme You

Want some serious motivation for 2017? Extreme You is the perfect book to get you geared up for an extremely amazing year and beyond. Written by Gatorade and Equinox president Sarah Robb O’Hagan, this book closely examines what makes some of the most extraordinary athletes, entertainers, and business people so successful.


4. Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen by Steve Sims (October 3)


From the founder of Bluefish, a company that makes people’s wildest dreams come true, Bluefishing is Steve Sims' insights on how to make seemingly impossible dreams a reality. This book is a true testament on how to conquer any challenge, while also revealing the art of exceptional customer service.



1. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone (January 31)

The Upstarts

Staying at a stranger’s house or getting into an unknown person’s car used to be something you’d never do, but now it’s an ordinary occurrence. How did companies like Airbnb and Uber become so successful, especially when they were based off something that once seemed so strange? Best-selling author Brad Stone unravels how these new and rising forms of industry are shaking things up in a big way.


2. The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea by Alex Daly (March 28)


The crowdfunding industry has become a major player in many initiatives in recent years and author Alex Daly is one of the major partners in it. Using Kickstarter campaigns the right way with Daly’s expertise and tips makes starting something from just an idea more achievable than ever before.


3. Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown (April 18)

Hacking Growth

The success of many startups that are now multi-million dollar companies is not just based off of luck — it comes from a measured method called "growth hacking." Authors Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown shed light on how this system has not only helped entrepreneurs all over the world, but also major corporations like Walmart, Microsoft, and IBM.


4. The New Pioneers: How Entrepreneurs Are Defying the System to Rebuild the Cities and Towns of America by J.P. Faber (June 13)

Today’s business environment is filled with regulations, rules, and monetary obstacles that make being a young entrepreneur no easy task. In this book, journalist J.P. Faber investigates how some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs are using creative ways to build success in spite of these obstacles.



1. Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu (February 14)

Drop the Ball

Author Tiffany Dufu wanted to continue her productive lifestyle, but having her first child changed the way she’d have to go about it. Dufu realized that she could achieve success both at work and at home, but it meant changing the way she thought about her goals. Instead of trying to do it all, Dufu learned that letting go of some things and re-evaluating what was important was the key to having it all.


2. Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less -And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein (February 7)


In this new release, Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein asserts that chasing down big things isn’t the key to success in life and business. Instead, it’s about stretching what you already have. By using what you already have in front of you to it’s fullest potential, you’re able to get so much more than if you focus on chasing down what you don’t have.


3. Micro-Resilience: 5 Immediate Boosts for Focus, Drive, and Energy by Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines (February 7)


Using years of research, executive trainers Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines learned the keys to being your most productive self. St. John and Haines outline the small changes you can make in your daily routine to see big changes in your overall productivity.


4. Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break by Rachel O'Meara (April 4)


Today, many of us feel the need to push ourselves, but Rachel O’Meara suggests in her forthcoming book that it’s not about pushing — it's about pausing. O’Meara helps readers identify when they need to take a break and the best way to go about a much-needed pause in life.


You can buy all of these business books in bulk on BookPal for your organization. What books are you looking forward to reading this year? 

For more of the best business titles, check out our 2017 Catalog!

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This post was written by Sydney Moorhead, the product specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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