30 November 2023
These 40 books spoke to us—and we believe speak to each other—in a way that furthers the conversations we need to have in the organizations we work in, the communities we live in, and the societies that shape us. With them as a guide, we can make decisions that better shape each, in turn.
As we stated when we opened our awards for entries this year:
We believe it is more useful to view books as in conversation, rather than in competition, with each other.
Finding the right book at the right time can change your life, or the life of your organization. But the right book for me and my company right now might not be the right one for you and yours. So, rather than narrowing down this list any further and telling you which we think are the best, we will be taking time to write about them more in-depth over the next month so you can determine which among them are the best for you, your company, and your community.
As our Managing Director, Sally Haldorson, recently said:
We feel like that conversation is incredibly valuable at this time. Especially at a time when we have a tendency to isolate ourselves, feel isolated, isolate ideas in binary ways, we really want to have this deep conversation about business books of all types.
The books in that conversation this year are:
LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY
MANAGEMENT & WORKPLACE CULTURE
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS/SALES & INFLUENCE
INNOVATION & CREATIVITY
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOR
CURRENT EVENTS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NARRATIVE & BIOGRAPHY
BIG IDEAS & NEW PERSPECTIVES
We are forever thankful for all the authors and publishing industry professionals who put their hearts, smarts, and time into producing these great books, and to everyone working in the industry who helps get them printed, shipped, and delivered to readers. We appreciate all of you and the monumental efforts you put into bringing more books and ideas into the world.
We will announce The Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry on December 14th and will resume hosting our annual industry appreciation party to celebrate books and the people who bring them to life on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, in New York City. (Save the date! Invites will be sent out soon.)