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Best Books: 17 Books To Read To Master Business Problem-Solving

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Running into problems in a business environment is inevitable, it’s simply something you cannot avoid. Being able to successfully deal with those problems, however, is what can make or break your career or business.

We reached out to leading experts in the business field to find out which books they recommend to master business problem-solving. Here is what they suggested…

#1 Thinking, Fast and Slow

This is Kahneman's magnum opus and summarizes his research into decision making from the past 30 years. Every business person should read and study this book as Kahneman destroys the myth that we are rational thinkers and decision-makers. Any MBA that thinks that business decision making is rational is grossly uninformed about the new science of human behavior and should read this book.

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Contributors: Douglas E. Noll from Noll Associates

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#2 The New Collar Workforce

While the book has a particular emphasis on manufacturing businesses, there is application for all business. We interviewed 200 U.S. manufacturers on the skills needed in the Digital Factory and problem-solving was the #1 skill cited. In looking at the requirements we discovered many jobs didn’t require a 4-year or even a 2-year degree but rather could be filled with Digital Badges and certificates. This book is suggesting a revolution in how we train the New Collar Workforce in order to meet industry needs.

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Contributors: Sarah Boisvert from Fab Lab Hub

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#3 Inside the Criminal Mind

The criminal thought errors described in this book has allowed me to spot criminal thought patterns from people in the street all the way to the boardroom. You cannot work with anyone who contains these though errors. They are to be excluded if possible, avoid if not.

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Contributors: L. Burke Files from Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc.

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#4 Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

[This book] answers the question when people make mistakes, and we all do, why do they cling to outdated attitudes, mistreat other people? It revolves around the concept of cognitive dissonance that creates fictions to protect our self-worth. Unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and righteous belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.

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Contributors: L. Burke Files from Financial Examinations & Evaluations, Inc.

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#5 Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment

This is really a textbook for lawyers, policymakers, and other decision makers. Business decision makers will find this book full of valuable information. It is a graduate-level text on all aspects of decision-making.

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Contributors: Douglas E. Noll from Noll Associates

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#6 Decision Making

This book is out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon. This is the first and seminal work on human decision-making by two important social psychologists of the 20th century. Much of this book is highly relevant today. This is the book that introduced group-think into our decision-making vocabulary.

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Contributors: Douglas E. Noll from Noll Associates

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#7 How to be a Power Connector

Don't have any networking skills/need to meet a better class of prospects? Read How to be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett.

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Contributors: Wendy Keller from Keller Media, Inc.

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#8 The 90-Day Game

This book may be read cover to cover as it takes you through a 90-day process to set an intention to solve a problem and obtain the desired result.

Because a business owner needs focus and needs to take action, this book is worth its weight in gold.

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Contributors: Maria Vizzi from Indoor Environmental Solutions, Inc.

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#9 Reversing Burnout

Burnout and disengagement in the workplace are major, well-documented business problems. Solutions are hard to come by for two reasons: the problems are not well understood and the solutions transcend traditional operations, human resources, and marketing/branding silos. I would like to suggest I book I recently wrote entitled β€œReversing Burnout. How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners”.

In addition to providing a clear understanding of the problems and realities of today, the book chronicles my burnout and eventual β€œpivoting away” to a new venture at what should have been the peak of my career. The book also presents a re-engineered process that, if in place at the time, could have kept me in my firm and former industry so desperately in need of talent. The book has received great reviews from real professionals and business owners (many listed on my website)… and, just this afternoon, I received a great review over the phone from an executive at a Fortune 500 company.

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Contributors: Peter C. Atherton from ActionsProve, LLC

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#10 Unscribbling

[This book] covers problem-solving in any aspect of life as well as business.

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Contributors: Kristin Neperud Merz from Unscribbled

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#11 Profit First

This book helped me to realize why I was working 60 hours a week and didn't have a profit in 2017. I have implemented the strategies in his book from opening 5 bank accounts, taking a profit, small but a profit first, paying myself and putting away for taxes, then the OPEX.

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Contributors: Teresa Huber from Imagination Base LLC

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#12 The Pumpkin Plan

This book goes into the methods of creating the giant pumpkin, AKA client and how to weed out others. He gives steps and there is an open Facebook group and paid coaches if one desires. The coaches are also Profit First coaches. I've cut a losing platform I had developed and now focused on growing my giant pumpkins

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Contributors: Teresa Huber from Imagination Base LLC

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#13 Traction

This book is a staple for any business. It's an actionable plan for your business using the EOS system. It's defined my role in the business and helped me to define our leader's roles so we are now in the right seats. I also was able to clearly define my mission, vision and now use it for hiring and also taking on new clients. If they are not aligned with these, they are not a good fit. The EOS system offers many worksheets to use to implement the strategies.

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Contributors: Teresa Huber from Imagination Base LLC

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#14 Principles

Dalio is considered by many as in the class of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors. In his book, Dalio shares what he learned in his journey to the top. From life to management or investing Dalio lays it all out in straightforward and digestible reading.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#15 Solving Problems with Design Thinking

This book is all about how thinking algorithms, and how they can help you get around thorny issues with innovative solutions. The book lays out possible challenges, walks you through strategies and how they lead to solutions.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#16 Problem Solving

This book offers you the important management skills to problem solve get mean and lean and boost your productivity.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#17 Wishes Fulfilled

This is a must read of any entrepreneur. The book is more than just a skill of manifestation - the book focuses on mindset. We are so cluttered with negative, regressive mindset that we do not focus on the goals. Dr. Dyer asserts that we must visualize our goals or desires and become that desire. But more than that, he shows you how.

I'm obsessed with the psychology of the mind and how we make decisionsΝΎ after all, I am a marketing strategist. But I am even more obsessed with Dr. Dyer's forward-thinking mindset. Don't hold yourself back - dreams die if you let them, but a shift in mindset can transform you into a limitless entrepreneur.

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Contributors: Vicky Llerena from Social Vibes Media

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