Whether you're looking to bolster your public speaking, decision-making, or time-management skills, great business books are excellent resources for getting ahead.
But often there just isn’t enough time in the day to devote to reading. Luckily, audiobooks are a great way to learn when you can't spare your hands or eyes. And as they can be used across all kinds of platforms and devices you can listen to one whenever you have a few spare minutes.
Here are some good ones to get you started.
'Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us' by Daniel H. Pink
Great For: General motivation
Time: You'll need 5 hours and 55 minutes.
This engaging, inspiring book breaks down the components of motivation so you can better understand not only how to motivate yourself but also your employees and clients.
'Creativity, Inc.' by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
Great For: Inspiring a more creative workplace
Time: You'll need 12 hours and 55 minutes.
"Creativity, Inc." offers an insider look at how one of the most creative companies in the world, Pixar Animation Studios, works and the principles and methods they have used to build a strong, creative, inspired company culture.
'Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less' by Greg McKeown
Great For: Improving your time management skills.
Time: You'll need 6 hours and 15 minutes
Time management books often offer one of two kinds of advice: how to do more quickly and efficiently, and how to do less better — "Essentialism" offers the latter but unlike some other books the techniques can be implemented by almost anyone.
'When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants' by Stephen J. Dubner & Stephen D. Levitt
Great For: Developing more analytical thinking skills. And it offers a good laugh too.
Time: You'll need 8 hours and 16 minutes.
The authors of "Freakonomics" apply their beloved analytical style to more off-beat subjects from "Why don't flight attendants get tipped?" to "Why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?" The topics are entertaining and informative, and they'll inspire you to bend your mind around other subjects and problems in the same way.
'How to Win Friends & Influence People' by Dale Carnegie
Great For: Improving team work and social skills.
Time: You'll need 7 hours and 20 minutes.
This business classic is an oldie, but a goodie.
A favorite of the likes of Warren Buffet and Mike Bloomberg this now iconic tome focuses on the psychology behind daily interactions and how to use an understanding of how people work to emerge as a leader and influencer. You might want to get a copy of this one for everyone in the office.