Top 5 Business Books

What will you do with your Wellness Days? Read one of these classic books about business and be inspired.

top 5 business books_wellnessAny top list is by nature limited and objective, but these five book suggestions are classics for good reason, and make for an enjoyable and informative read while enjoying a Wellness Day.


1.The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
By Michael Lewis

Want to know what happened in the years leading up to the 2008 Great Recession? Author Michael Lewis (whose first book was the excellent Liar’s Poker), lays out the details in a page-turning narrative. Watch the movie first, then tuck into this excellent book.


2. Founder’s Dilemma: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls that Can Sink a Startup  
By Noam Wasserman

Former Marshall professor Wasserman’s book laid the groundwork for one of the most popular classes when he taught at Harvard Business School, and it became equally popular at Marshall. Based on his academic research into early decision-making that can make or break a startup, this is required reading for all entrepreneurs.


3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg

Published in 2013, this treatise on women in leadership is still relevant today. At the very least, it’s the starting point for an ongoing effort at parity in the C-suite.


4. The Art of War
By Sun-Tzu

One of the best books on strategic thinking ever written, which is why this ancient book, translated from the original Chinese, is still a best-seller today and remains required reading across disciplines.


5. Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell

Not a business book per se, but a fascinating deep dive into what makes high achievers different. By The New Yorker writer behind books such as Blink and The Tipping Point.