This article showcases our top picks for the Books on Business Strategy and Tactics. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.
Even the original edition of The Art of War is a great read for anyone in the business world, but this version by Gary Gagliardi is a must have for anyone’s business library. This book contains the full text of the original book by Sun Tzu, with line-by-line application by Gary Gagliardi, who offers practical advice for business owners that address all the problems of sales, marketing, and personnel management. The lessons for dealing with competition and the necessary psychology to be successful in those competitive environments is really helpful for getting yourself in the frame of mind that no one is going to hand you success.
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Because of his own success as a serial entrepreneur, I don’t miss anything from Jeff Olson. His book The Slight Edge is one of my favorites, and it drives home the point that when you take small actions toward a big goal every day, that consistency compounds, builds momentum and causes a domino effect of movement. I think gleaning advice from other successful people is one of the smartest habits to be in as an entrepreneur.
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12 Week Year by Brian Moran is one of my favorite books on business strategy and tactics. Effective goal setting is not given as much attention as it should. This book completely transformed the way I thought about goals and operated my business. The book is set on the theory that we as humans make goals and struggle to execute in a timely manner because we set the deadlines too far out and don’t track our results. The biggest thing that provides transformation is actually tracking my progress and accountability. When you start to actually see your progress written down, you start to identify what’s getting in your way and improve. This book also works as a self challenge because you want each week’s effort towards your goal to be as close as a 100% as possible. The motto of “get more done in 12 weeks than others get done in a 12 months” was actually true and this book changed the trajectory of my business and personal goals as well as how I coach and consult my clients.
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The Author Alex Hormozi is making $100 Million a year with his company Acquisition.com. He is notoriously known to tell you I don’t have something to sell you. because he does not make money from teaching people business tactics, like fake gurus, but actually walks the walk. The audiobook is therefore free, and the Kindle version is the lowest price he could offer it for (0.94). It as a very short book about general business strategy, but every page is stacked with VALUE.
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Brian Tracy takes you through unique sales techniques that prove essential to startups. I turn to it whenever I need inspiration for a new marketing campaign or idea. In there, you find a series of techniques, methods, and ideas, that you can use to improve on your raw marketing ideas.
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While most books on entrepreneurship and strategy often paint a skewed picture of what the journey really looks like, Lost and Founder offers an unfiltered take that doesn’t hold back. Rand Fishkin gives his readers an insider’s view of what really goes into starting a business as well as all the things that can, and usually do, go wrong. It makes for a refreshing read particularly since the author urges entrepreneurs to take the lessons shared in this book and turn them into a roadmap of things that they should, and more importantly, shouldn’t do.
This is one of my all-time favorite business books, as it focuses on something that I find extremely important: carving out your own space within the market. It guides you through strategies to become your own thing, getting rid of any competitors, and finding success.
There’s only one effective strategy in business, and that’s one that helps you to secure your business future, and that of you and your employees. So you need to, as the title says, play to win, and Lafley and Martin’s book is all about teaching you how to do just that by leveling the playing field in your favor. Do you want to win? Of course, you do. And that’s why you need to read this book.
The book gives grounded proof of the importance of good strategy in business. To succeed, the company has to take into account anything from the target customers up to the best way to take minimum risks. The author explains the whole process of strategic decision-making, including such stages as vision, forecasting, and implementation. The book is of good help both for beginners and experienced CEOs.
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Rumelt’s research underlines the difference between good and terrible strategy. He has presented a framework for building a good strategy and claims that most organizations do not have one and neglect the excellent or terrible strategies they have. The best part is the simple three-step framework for good strategy: the first step is a diagnosis in which you will gain clarity on the challenges your company is currently facing; the second step is your approach to overcoming the obstacles, and the final step is having a shared vision and working together to put it into action.
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This book on corporate strategy is useful for business leaders, but it can also be read and enjoyed by people from all walks of life. The average reader is the target audience for this book. Although the chapters are brief, the explanations are comprehensive. This book fulfills the expectations of any business owner who wants to learn the most critical questions about their company, such as how to go global, win strategy games, and expand my business repeatedly.
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This firm strategy book has a unique approach and scope. This book serves as a bridge between strategy and execution. You will learn how to do a gap analysis and take action based on the findings. The need to focus on an identity that cuts through the noise and ensures advancement, rather than the other way around, is emphasized in the book. You may apply the same strategic approach to your day-to-day operations once you’ve developed your distinct brand.
It’s the story that you never knew that you wanted, or needed to read, the evolution and rise of business and corporate strategy and how it’s leveraged and used tactically to gain the upper hand in the world of endless competition. It’s thrilling, insightful, and more than anything else, hammers home the idea that the more things change in the cut throat world of business, the more they stay the same.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Basecamp and admired its founders because of the principles they used to grow their business. This is why the book I want to recommend is Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried. What separates it from other books on business is that instead of actionable tips, it gives you bits and pieces of advice. The main argument of the books is that unlike in the past, almost anyone can launch a business today. Tools that used to be available only to pros are now available to everyone. Rework teaches you how to start your business no matter who you are and what experience you have. In simple language, Rework explains what it takes to launch your business.
The business world changes faster than ever, making it more challenging for businesses to cope successfully. It is critical to approach business strategy the right way, and that is what this book is all about. You can have the brightest idea or plans for a business, but without the right strategy, you can easily lose focus, direction, and drive. In the end, you will be looking at failure. The authors of this book will walk you through a proven method that can help you shape the strategy that best suits your company. No two businesses are exactly alike, and the right approach to strategy is one that considers the very reason for a strategy—your business.
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As an entrepreneur, seeking advice and learning new strategies for the business is part of life. One book that I recommend is Built to Last. This book identifies the behaviors and characteristics of long lasting businesses. The authors of this book analyzed the factors that make businesses thrive and survive through tough times. It covers topics like building excellent culture, setting goals, laying out framework, and managing changes.
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This book is a collection of case studies on important information such as tech industry trends, motivation behind various acquisitions, tech policy rulings, analysis based predictions, etc. This book is really helpful for anyone interested in working in tech and developing their own business. Everyone has some knowledge gaps whether it be the business side or the legal side and this book helps you know the tactics. Totally worth the purchase.
This definition of strategy refers to the tricky to perfect technique of building power. The book delivers on what it claims to be: a thorough history of strategy; it is neither a blueprint for winning wars nor a help book for business people. 2,000 years of the evolution and philosophy of our attempts to anticipate acts are described in this fascinating, thorough, and engrossing account. Strategies are adaptable and fluid. The starting point rather than the ending point determines it. War, politics, business, and social science are the four divisions of the book. The tools that are at our disposal to make agile, educated, and intriguing decisions are reviewed in this book in an engrossing manner.
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In Leadership Strategy and Tactics, the author demonstrates how to quickly transform leadership theory into a practical plan and then put that strategy into practice at the tactical level. This book offers the answer that leaders at all levels require in order to not only comprehend but also master the art of playing the leadership game. The book Leadership Strategy and Tactics examines one of the most difficult human abilities: leadership. The book Leadership Strategy and Tactics examines one of the most difficult human abilities: leadership. The author demonstrates how to develop a strategy using these theories. This book offers a simple how-to manual anyone may use right away to improve their leadership.
Successfully dealing with people is the only way for anyone to get what he or she wants, including businesses. Without doing this, no one can succeed in business. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” outlines the strategy for anyone to get what they want in business while describing in great detail the tactics required to implement this strategy. In short, the strategy is to provide people with what they want in order to get the things that you want. To show that this book works, let me describe a time when I found a way to use the tactics outlined in this book to influence a difficult boss to commend me on doing a “good job” on a presentation. Granted, it’s not an example of me using these techniques as a business owner, but it still shows the effectiveness of how the book can help someone get what they want if they apply the advice in it. I had this presentation to give at work. My boss was not the easiest person to deal with. The first thing he would do is criticize you while avoiding any opportunity to commend you on your work. I already knew before the presentation that he was going to ask questions just for the sake of trying to feel superior to me. Because of this book, I already knew two important tactics to accomplish the strategy of giving the other person what they want to get what I want: 1. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. 2. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking. The moment he started criticizing, I already knew not to interrupt him. I just simply answered his questions the best way that I could without questioning him. As a result, he said that I did a “good job.” If you are looking for examples of how the advice can be implemented in a business setting, the author goes into detail on several examples on how you can do so from one man convincing the president of a company to fund an entire boy scout trip to another man convincing another business owner to spend hours talking even though the business owner spends no more than five minutes with people. It’s a really handy book with several pieces of actionable advice that one can implement in any facet of their life, including business, to receive great results in those endeavors.
Every business is struggling with bureaucracy, whether it’s internal red tape or cumbersome processes from your vendors or customers. But there’s good news: you can actually use that bureaucracy *against itself* to create the changes and speed you need to achieve your wildest goals. In *Hack Your Bureaucracy*, learn over 55 tactics for busting bureaucracy at every turn, taken from some of the largest bureaucracies of our time, including the White House, Department of Defense, and Fortune 500.