Four Great Business Books to Read This Fall (Biz & Books review)


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The company is not one size fits all. The needs of your office are not the same as those of your competition.

What you need might not even be the same upstairs or in a warehouse down the block. You can sell the same things, but your business is unique, with unique requirements.

So why not meet those needs with these four great books.


Email is a wonderful thing. And it’s also wonderfully irritating at times, because it’s easy to misunderstand the intent in a few dozen electronic words.

Change that up, and your next Zoom meetings, by reading “Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, Any Distance” by Erica Dhawan (St. Martin’s Press, $ 28.99).

Here you will understand digital body language and how it will affect what you say, verbally and physically. You will learn how to deal with various modern methods of communication, how to show respect from your corner of the office, how to gain and feel trust when email takes the place of face-to-face, and how to speak in an influential manner when you are not. are not in the room.

If you’ve been going back to Zoom Meetings this fall for a while, you can’t go wrong with this book.


If you’re a C-suiter or responsible for a thriving business, learn how to deal with all the changes taking place today by reading “Rogue Waves” by Jonathan Brill (McGraw Hill, $ 30).

This book teaches you to recognize the threats to your business, determine how deep the problem could be, and right your ship before it has a chance to sink. Bonus: it’s easy and engaging read.


If you’re looking for a business biography, search for Kent Taylor’s “Made from Scratch: The Legendary Success Story of Texas Roadhouse” (Simon & Schuster, $ 27).

This is the story of an unconventionally run business, written by the guy who did it first. Part memory and corporate history, this book also contains helpful tips that anyone can use.


And finally, if it’s almost time to pack your bags and go home, “What To Do With Everything You Own to Leave the Legacy You Want” by Marni Jameson (The Experiment, $ 16.95) is what you should be saving up front.

Here you will learn how to make your assets change, both in individual life and in much larger pictures.

Find out how to make sense of things, how to make sure your family is taken care of, create endowments and build great heirlooms, what to do with things no one seems to want, how to keep documents and photos for another generation , and what not to do even when you’re feeling guilty.

Easy to flip through and great for reference anytime, this is the kind of book to have, regardless of your age or bank account.

Or maybe you want an even more different business book than the ones above. In that case, head to your favorite library or bookstore. Librarians and booksellers can help you find exactly what is right for you.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is the reviewer behind “The Bookworm Sez”. Reach her at


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