BookBub/HubSpot, via Rick Burnes, has given a generous holiday gift to those who enjoy reading business books by aggregating 23 different “Best Books of 2014″ lists to determine the “best of the best” titles. “After aggregating all the lists, [they] ranked the most frequently listed books, and compiled those into one big list.” For business folks, this beautiful infographic was created that shows the top business-related results. Click here for the “ultimate” list, which includes fiction and other genre titles.

Infographic Source: BookBub/HubSpot, Rick Burnes

Infographic Source: BookBub/HubSpot, Rick Burnes


@FordOnline announces the release of Ford’s third annual trend report entitled “Looking Further with Ford: 2015 Trends.” This report “reveals data and insights about global consumer habits and behaviors expected to shape culture in 2015 and beyond.” Directly quoted from the release are the 10 trends Ford expects to influence consumers and brands in 2015 and beyond:

1. Make Way for Gen Z: With considerable pressure and high expectations, Gen Z’s mantra is simply: “Good things come to those who act.”

2. Rally for Renegades and Rebels: Society has always loved risk takers, but the marketplace has never been more receptive to those who push boundaries and break molds.

3. Flaunting Failure: The stigma of failure is quickly eroding; in an era of constant change, the only true failure is a failure to try, to improve, to evolve.

4. Carryless Movement: Today’s consumers don’t want to carry things and, increasingly, don’t need to. New technologies such as wearable gadgets and smartphone apps are transforming the mechanics of how consumers pay for goods and services, how and where marketers reach their customers, and who people trust with their most valuable information.

5. No Strings Attached: In a world where innovation moves so rapidly, no one wants to be left behind with a product that has become outdated or obsolete. The result is an emerging a la carte mentality that trumpets access over ownership.

6. Expanding Next of Kin: As traditional families and communities become less the norm, the concept of family is adapting, expanding and evolving in a most personal fashion.

7. Give and Take of Privacy: Privacy has become a delicate balancing act, and there is a trade-off between information consumers are willing to share and the benefits they receive in exchange.

8. Elusive Health: A decentralized effort to inform consumers about healthier lifestyle habits has led to confusion and a global population getting fatter and sicker. Consumers need a clear signal amid the noise to translate the information into action.

9. Escape Artist: In today’s 24/7 culture, the desire to get away mentally and physically remains compelling. People are increasingly seeking out immersive adventures, elevating escapism to a fine art.

10. Many Faces of Mobility: In an age of constant innovation, mobility is outpacing the definition of the word as the concepts of transportation and communication converge.

The report can be accessed here.


Written by Information Designer, Mark Vital, of Funders and Founders, this post, with an infographic, is enlightening and thought-provoking. Referring to the 9 types of intelligence introduced by Howard Gardener in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Vital shines a light on “whether talents other than math and language are indeed types of intelligence or just skills.”


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Inc.s Laura Montini presents the favorite books of top CEOs, compiled by and Domo, in the format of an infographic. This list reveals not only favorite business titles, but fiction and non-business books as well. Here are some of the CEOs and their favored fiction titles:

Jeff Bezos (Amazon) – A Wrinkle in Time, The Remains of the Day

Bill Gates (Microsoft) – The Catcher in the Rye

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) – Ender’s Game, The Aeneid

Randall Stephenson (AT&T) – The Brothers Karamazov

Ken Powell (General Mills) – Freedom: A Novel, The Corrections 

Meg Whitman – A Christmas Carol

Elon Musk  – A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

James Gorman (Morgan Stanley) – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


According to “In 2014, the Ebola virus, widespread theft of personal information, and shocking acts of violence and brutality dominated the news. Vulnerability and visibility were at the core of the year’s most notable headlines. Encapsulating those themes,’s Word of the Year for 2014 is exposure.”

Click here for the infographic.

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Here are Library Journal’s picks for best business books of the year 2014, as chosen by reviewers and columnists. Library Journal is an important publication used by professionals to evaluate titles for their libraries.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull 

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty 

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling for Less, by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao 

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek  

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PwC Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), through its publication, strategy + business, has made available its annual review of the year’s best business books. The “Top Shelf” winners for each of the seven categories are as follows:

Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World, by John P. Kotter
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)

Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers, by Niraj Dawar
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)

Executive Self-Improvement
Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions, by Phil Rosenzweig
(PublicAffairs, 2014)

Organizational Culture
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
(Knopf, 2013)

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science, by Alex Pentland
(Penguin Press, 2014)

The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by Andrew S. Winston
(Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)

Capital in the 21st Century, by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer
(Belknap Press, 2014)


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