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15 must-reads for entrepreneurs

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques: Michael Michalko: Kindle Store

In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.

Steal Like An Artist, a book by Austin Kleon

10 things nobody told you about being creative — a manifesto for creativity in the digital age.

Rework: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: Kindle Store

Rework: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: Kindle Store

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference: Malcolm Gladwell: 9780316346627: Books

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything: Joshua Foer: 9780143120537: Books

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything [Joshua Foer] The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home: Dan Ariely: Books

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives.

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings

The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings [Dalai Lama]. His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers powerful, profound advice on how to live a peaceful and fulfilling life amidst all the conflicts of the modern world. In this distillation of his life and teachings

Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalaya: Greg Child: 9780898865882: Books

"Thin Air" is more than one man's story - it is an intimate portrait of mountains and those who climb them: what bonds clients together and what separates them, and what the mountains teach us all about life -- and death . .

Talk Less, Say More: Three Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen: Connie Dieken: Kindle Store

Talk Less, Say More is a revolutionary guide to 21st century communication skills to help you be more influential and make things happen in our distracted, attention-deficit world. It's loaded with specific tips and takeaways to ensure that you're fully heard, clearly understood, and trigger positive responses in any business or social situation.

The Courage to Be: Paul Tillich: 9780300084719: Books

In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This edition includes a new introduction by Peter J. Gomes that reflects on the impact of this book in the years since it was written.

Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar Inc.: Gary Erickson

Raising the Bar tells the amazing story of Clif Bar's Gary Erickson and shows that some things are more important than money. Gary Erickson and coauthor Lois Lorentzen tell the unusual and inspiring story about following your passion, the freedom to create, sustaining a business over the long haul, and living responsibly in your community and on the earth. Raising the Bar chronicles Clif Bar's ascent from a homemade energy bar to a $100 million phenomenon with an estimated 35 million consumers, and a company hailed by Inc.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing: Lisa Gansky: 9781591844303: Books

Mesh companies use social media, wireless networks, and data crunched from every available source to provide people with goods and services at the exact moment they need them, without the burden and expense of owning them outright. Gansky reveals how there is real money to be made and trusted brands and strong communities to be built in helping your customers buy less but use more. The Missing Piece (An Ursula Nordstrom Book) (9780060256715): Shel Silverstein: Books

'One of the best books I've found to remind people, young and old, that they have to be their own piece long before they can be anyone else's! Happiness comes from the inside, and Mr. Silverstein demonstrates that elegantly and precisely in this beautiful life lesson, disguised as a children's book. A must-have for readers of all ages!'

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers: Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo

Great things don't happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world's most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace. Find out why -- and how -- with Gamestorming.