According to Blinkist, the average CEO reads approximately 60 books per year, soaking up the world’s best nonfiction knowledge and then applying the wisdom offered to their own lives and careers. Leading entrepreneur Warren Buffett suggests “Read 500 pages…every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”;  while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg states “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.”

Of course, no one would disagree that reading is beneficial for the mind and soul, but where to start when it comes to choosing books that will help you succeed? Look no further, because we have gathered five of the best. Enjoy!

1. Great At Work (Morten T. Hansen)

Here at theHUB. Ibiza, we are great fans of working intelligently and using your time wisely. “Great at Work,” perfectly illustrates what it means to work smarter – not harder – by outlining seven ‘work smarter’ principles, developed from the results of a five year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees. The principles can be summarised as 1) do less but do it well 2) work less – (the book suggests that more than 50 hours per week can have a negative effect on performance) 3) find your passion AND purpose 4) practice & review 5) be emotional and use this to your advantage and to others 6) don’t be afraid to fight and share your opinion 7) disciplined collaboration – knowing when and with whom to collaborate to ensure maximum results.

'The Culture Code' by Daniel Coyle (Jan. 30)

2. The Culture Code (Daniel Coyle) 

New York Times bestseller ‘The Culture Code’ draws on thethe behavioural patterns of highly successful groups of groups in order to teach the reader how to capitalise on their own talent. The book includes studies from teams at Pixar and the US Navy SEAL Team Six and concludes that success is driven by safety, shared risk, and purpose.

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3. Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcolm Gladwell) 

Author Malcolm Gladwell explores the question of exactly what makes high-achievers different from anyone else? This book explores the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful, with examples of The Beatles, Bill Gates, and the Canadian hockey team. The “10,000-Hour Rule” is repeated througout, claiming that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill, is – to a large extent – a matter of practising the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours.

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4. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap (Jim Collins) 

This book explores factors leading to some companies transitioning from good to great, while others plateau. Insights include a study into management strategy and practice, many of which are in conflict with how modern day businesses are currently being run today.

'Superconnector' by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh (Feb. 27)

5. Super Connector (Scott Gerber & Ryan Paugh)

This book – on the subject of networking and connecting for mutual benefit – suggests that being a ‘super-connector’ is a learnable skill that can fit into anyone’s schedule, no matter how busy they are. Super connectors manage meets up ranging from weekly informal dinners with just a few people to annual large events with thousands and avoid networking for networking’s sake. It emphasises the importance of practising Habitual Generosity, acting on the knowledge that your greatest returns come when you least expect them, and that by putting others’ needs first the good karma will flow back to you tenfold. As a co-working community of thriving, collaborative entrepreneurs, we couldn’t agree more!

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