Christmas Business Reading List

Christmas is a good time to sit back, reflect, and enjoy a good book.  If you’d like some suggested reading for your Christmas break, here’s part two of our tiny list.  Part one covered sporting books with a business twist.  Part two is sport-free.


It’s great to be right, but people rarely know when they’re right, or at least, people who confidently know they are right are almost always wrong.  It’s perhaps more important to be wrong less often.  How Not To Be Wrong:  The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life is a fun read from Jordan Ellenberg.  You’ll get better at judging risk, recognising bad statistics and generally looking smarter than you have ever done in meetings.

If you have an interest in learning from the history of business then Ben Bernanke’s The Courage To Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath is worth a read.  Who better than the Chairman of The US Federal Reserve during the 2007-2008 financial meltdown to talk you through what happened.  If you like your financial horror a little more along the Nordic Noir spectrum, then try Swimming With Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers from Joris Luyendijk, although he’s not very nice about HR.

If you just want to learn about Leadership from history, whilst enjoying a rip roaring tale, then Robert Harris has finally published Dictator, the third book in his Cicero trilogy (or should that be Triumvirate?).  If you’ve read the first two you won’t need a big push to read the third, but if you haven’t then add Imperium and Lustrum to make up a “box set” for your Christmas reading list and settle in for a while.

No sooner will you have opened your Christmas presents and a nice bottle of whiskey than New Year will be rolling round and people will be looking for you to set resolutions to be a better person.  Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit will help you to understand how you can break your bad habits (and why you won’t).


What suggestions will you be adding to your list this year?