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The 12 Best Business Development Every Business Leader Should Read

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Business development is a broad subject that often seems unconquerable. Countless different gurus have seemingly endless ideas on what it takes to master business development. We reached out to industry leaders to get their recommendations for business development books that actually work.

#1 Deep Work by Cal Newport

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Newport’s book opened my eyes to more efficient and productive ways to create more meaningful project results.

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Contributors: Steve Pollack from Anchor Loans

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#2 Principles by Ray Dalio

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It's Ray, owner of the US's biggest hedge fund Bridgewater, talking about his life and work principles which enabled him to succeed. It gives practical advice as well as supplementary material allowing anyone to work out their own principles. I listened to it when I was 20, and it completely changed my work ethic and how I think about work. His principles of radical transparency, open-mindedness and working within a meritocracy are something that I want to take with me throughout my life.

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Contributors: Joseph Coulburn from Better Nutritional Science Ltd.

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#3 Good to Great by James C. Collins

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My whole approach to management changed after reading this book more than 10 years ago. "Good to Great" identifies what distinguishes great companies from good ones. The common qualities found in great companies centered around the character of their leaders and employees.

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Contributors: Bryan Thompson from Anchor Loans

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#4 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

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This book is a great read about how to deal with change.

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Contributors: Maya Levin from Anchor Loans

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#5 Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher

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I use this book virtually every day in my day-to-day life and business activities. It is about negotiation and is applicable in any scenario, not just legal or transnational matters.

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Contributors: Pouyan Zivari from Anchor Loans

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#6 Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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This is a really great motivational read on finding and fulfilling your purpose.

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Contributors: Brittany Goodchild from Anchor Loans

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#7 Traction by Gino Wickman

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The book I would recommend to read on business development is Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. For me, it really simplifies all the business nonsense and speaks that there is 'out there'. It gives examples of really useful templates which you can then use and incorporate into your own business strategies.

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Contributors: Adam Gore from Find Me A Gift 

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#8 5 Paragraph Business Plan by Michael J. Penney

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Combining the military operations order and proven business management practices into a simple to use text for managing any business. 5 Paragraph works with any sized organization. It's the simplest, most intuitive, planning/management method known to mankind.

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Contributors: Michael J. Penney from 5 Paragraph 

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#9 On the Brink by Andi Simon

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On the Brink presents Andi's unique methods for harnessing innovation and revitalizing business growth. It takes readers on a journey through seven case studies, sharing how Simon successfully helped the businesses grow, and discover new opportunities by exploring untapped resources that were right in front of them

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Contributors: Andi Simon from Simon Associates

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#10 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson takes his readers back to a time when laptops and desktops were metaphors and window’s was a dream. His book talks about how each of the Apple innovations first occurred to Steve Jobs and his creative team. “Steve Jobs” is an authoritative book about those achievements, and it also follows Jobs into the wilderness (and to NeXT and Pixar) after his first stint at Apple. I loved this book. It’s a must-read for anybody thinking about starting a business. It encouraged me to never give up and to keep reaching for the stars because dreams really do come true.

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Contributors: Zondra Wilson from BluSkinCare

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#11 The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris is a book that changed my life and the lives of many business owners. The 4-Hour Workweek has sold nearly 2 million copies and has been translated into 35 languages. I listened to it on audible over and over again while working 60 hours a week in a warehouse job that I hated. It inspired me to start my own business and search for ways to automate it.

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Contributors: Nicholas Pina from Steck Insights Web Design

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#12 Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

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Tools of Titans is a look inside, The Tactics, Routines, And Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers.

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Contributors: Nicholas Pina from Steck Insights Web Design

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