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Erik Brieva’s Bookshelf: 10 Top Business Books to Get Ahead In 2018

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Erik Brieva, CEO of STRANDS and entrepreneur, reveals the top business books that helped shape his business savvy. 

As founder of Polymita, and co-founder of multiple companies within enterprise software, mobile and Internet spaces, it’s safe to say Erik Brieva knows more than a thing or two about business and entrepreneurship.

He’s been recognized as a Visionary by Gartner (Magic Quadrant 2009 & 2010), Major Player by IDC (MarketScape 2011), and named among the 100 Leaders of the Future (Capital Magazine, Spain, 2009) and Entrepreneur of the Year (Entrepreneurs Magazine, 2006, Spain).

 

Best Business Books for Entrepreneurs

Under Erik Brieva's guidance, companies in the fields of FinTech, Business Process Management and Enterprise Software are achieving innovation, revenue and business growth objectives.

I asked Erik Brieva to tell us the books on his bookshelf that have shaped him in some way. Here’s what he picked:

 

1.  Good to Great, by Jim Collins

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Five years ago, Jim Collins asked the question: "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?”. He concludes that it’s possible - but that there’s no magic formula.

However, the takeaways of the Good to Great book will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy AND practice.

Although not the main purpose of the book, it also touches upon personal improvements.

 

  

2. Scaling Up, by Verne Harnish

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For anyone who wants to know what it takes to become part of the 4% of entrepreneurs in the world, you absolutely must read this book. Scaling Up clearly lays out precisely what entrepreneurs, CEOs, and the management team must do to lead their entire company through multiple growth phases.

Not only will Verne Harnish provides you with compelling research, but he shares practical advice on the toughest challenge organizations confront: how to spread success from a few small pockets of an organization to its entire fabric.

 

 

3. Screw Business As Usual, by Richard Branson

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Richard Branson (best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies) argues that it’s time to turn capitalism upside down—to shift our values from an exclusive focus on profit to also caring for people, communities and the world we live in.

As he writes, “My message is a simple one: business as usual isn’t working”. Hence, Screw Business as Usual shows how easy it is for both corporations and individuals to embark on a whole new way of doing things, solving major problems and turning our work into something we both love and are proud of.

 

4. Principles, by Ray Dalio

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Ray Dalio is the founder and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, which over the years has become the largest and best performing hedge fund in the world.

The Principles book starts with a seemingly simple question: “What do you want?”. Ray Dalio proceeds to provide a global framework for getting it, and then working with others to achieve greater goals.

Dalio shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business .

 

5. Dollars and Sense, by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

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Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler explain the emotional forces working against us when it comes to money decisions and how we can counteract them.

By combining data from studies and anecdotes, Dollars and Sense reveals how we think about personal finances, with special emphasis on the frequent ways we tend to think wrongly about money.

Ariely and Kreisler cut through the unconscious fears and desires driving our bad financial instincts and help us how to improve our money habits - in a fun way.

 

6. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari

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At the heart of the Homo Deus book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We have already built machines (data-processing networks) that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s -artificial- intelligence.

Yuval Noah Harari wrote a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit, to state that the AI we’ve created could transform human nature.

But the motto is simply this: things are moving so fast that it’s exciting to imagine what the future might hold. 

 

7. The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

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Those business plans, adjustments, and questions you've had about your starting out your company? Eric Ries believes “the Lean Startup” is the name of the game.

You don’t need to elaborate a complicated plan to get your startup up and running. But you’ll certainly need a way to test your vision continuously and adapt before it’s too late.

This is a business book but not as you know it: it's packed full of scientific approach to creating and managing successful companies in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

 

 

8. Zero to One, by Peter Thiel

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Those business plans, adjustments, and questions you've had about your starting out your company? Eric Ries believes “the Lean Startup” is the name of the game.

You don’t need to elaborate a complicated plan to get your startup up and running. But you’ll certainly need a way to test your vision continuously and adapt before it’s too late.

This is a business book but not as you know it: it's packed full of scientific approach to creating and managing successful companies in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

 

 

9. Rework, by Jason Fried and‎ David Heinemeier Hansson

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Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of business books out there that give you the same old advice? You’re not alone. That’s why Jason Fried and‎ David Heinemeier Hansson wrote this masterpiece: to help you take an honest, non-judgmental look at the way you work.

Described as “the business book that will make you uncomfortable”, Rework will inspire you to stop talking and start working.

Read, rehearse and design a work life you love, on your own terms.

 

 

 

10. How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

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 Dale Carnegie knows a thing or two about how carry people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

His book boasts ways to win people to your way of thinking, as well as how-to advice on changing people without arousing resentment.

For anyone who wants to level up their soft skills to better handle people, this is the perfect read.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
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MIRIAM BALLESTEROS

Head of Communications with focus on the FinTech and Personal Finance industries. Named in the Women in FinTech Powerlist, Miriam Ballesteros is committed to promoting financial technologies that make managing money a lot easier so people can get more out of life. 

 

 

Topics: FinTech, digital banking, fintech news, fintech resources, fintech pulse, financial technology, Business Books, Entrepreneurs

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Feb 1, 2018

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