Bill Gates is probably the last person you’d expect who needs business lessons. By his own admission, the Microsoft co-founder doesn’t read many books about how to run a business because it’s ‘rare to find one that really captures what it’s like to build and operate an organization’.
However, there are two books that Gates would recommend to anyone who asks – John Brooks’s ‘Business Adventures’ and ‘The Ride of a Lifetime’ by Robert Iger. You can read more about the books here.
Business Adventures by John Brooks
Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well‐known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history really does repeat itself.
“Whenever someone asks me to recommend one book on business, that’s the one I suggest most often,” he wrote on his blog.
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership. This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology.
“Normally, I am allergic to lists like this because they’re so vacuous. But Iger’s is quite perceptive,” wrote Gate