The hot weather, slower pace and frequent beach trips make the summer months an opportune time to catch up on some great business reads. Even though many of our favorite titles from the Metis bookshelf were written years ago, they still provide sage insight to developing or running a business. Here are our recommended books worth a read – or maybe even a re-read: Lean In: If you haven't heard the buzz around Sheryl Sandberg's book this year, you're in the minority. Sandberg observed too many women unintentionally hindering their own career growth and has since set out to encourage women “lean in” and “sit at the table.” Delivering Happiness: To Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, culture is the driving factor in achieving business accomplishments. Hsieh fostered a culture that values happiness, and explains how this paid off. Blink: How will a quick decision – one made in the blink of an eye – turn out? Malcolm Gladwell investigates the art of “thin-slicing” behaviors to focus a decision on the factors that truly matter. Good to Great: After Jim Collins pondered why some companies succeed and others fail, he launched into a five-year research study that spurred concepts key to success such as Level 5 Leaders, The Hedgehog Concept, A Culture of Discipline and The Flywheel and the Doom Loop. Great by Choice: Jim Collins' follow-up to “Good to Great,” this book pulls from nine years of research to determine why some companies can thrive in spite of uncertainty and chaos. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable: Who are linchpins? They're not just managers or laborers; they invent, lead, connect others, make things happen and create order out of chaos. Mastermind Seth Godin explains how you can be an indispensable employee. Onward: In this book, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shares the story of Starbucks and how he restored the company's core values, leading it back to profitability. Confessions of an Advertising Man: Advertising great David Ogilvy shares his modern advertising outlook along with overall advice for running a great business. His book has proven to be a valuable read ever since it was published five decades ago. The Power of Habit: Why We do What We Do in Life and in Business: How do habits shape your everyday life?Charles Duhigg uses a scientific approach to show how changing your habits can change how you act in life and business. What's on your summer reading list?
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