Here are some of my favourite business booked summarised in one sentence each. These are taken from a more extensive list of popular business books from Business Insider:
Good to Great – Jim Collins
Good companies become great by confronting the brutal realities of the business, finding out what they’re uniquely good at, creating a culture of discipline and building and maintaining momentum. (Note: Jim’s a great speaker by the way, should you ever get the chance to hear him.)
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Talent, intelligence, hard word and ambition are all great, but the real secret of successful people is often luck, timing and where they’re from.
Emotional Intelligence – Dan Goleman
IQ alone is not enough to be successful and must be complemented by self-control, persistence and motivation.
The Lean Startup – Eris Ries
Rather than work forward from technology or a complex strategy, work backwards from the needs of the customer and build the simplest product possible.
The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
New technology made us much better at using data, but can make us more likely to make bad predictions because we overemphasise random fluctuations in data.
Read more detail on the full list at UK Business Insider where, to save you time and money, they have distilled 25 of the greatest business books down to their primary insights.