Must-read Business Books for a Post-Covid World

Jessamy Amic

Posted: December 9, 2020

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What will the business landscape look like in a post-COVID 2021? What changes will you need to continue to implement in order to adapt to these strange times? If you’re struggling to transition or want to get yourself (and your business) ready for the year ahead, our top holiday reading picks are a good starting point!

South Africa Beyond Covid-19 by Pieter du Toit

In the aftermath of the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, 31 of South Africa’s top analysts, economists, academics and journalists – including Adriaan Basson, Koos Bekker, Pieter du Toit, Adam Habib and Thuli Madonsela – try to chart a way forward, identifying our biggest stumbling blocks and offering solutions for when the virus subsides.

Beyond CORONAVIRUS: 7 Keys to Embrace Change and Create Your ‘New Normal’ by Debra Guttas

Want to overcome anxiety, uncertainty and fear of the future? Feel overwhelmed by all the changes in your life? Need help coping with stress? The solution in dealing with anxiety is to understand how your emotions work and apply specific techniques to ensure you manage them as effectively as possible. Beyond Coronavirus provides you with a step-by-step process to deal with negative emotions so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson

Renowned Harvard professor Rebecca Henderson provides fascinating insight into her understanding of how change takes place, combined with in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism. Together with rich discussions on the important role of government and how the worlds of finance, governance and leadership must also evolve, Henderson provides a pragmatic foundation for navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenges, but also with extraordinary opportunity for those who can get it right.


No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

For the first time, Netflix Cofounder Reed Hastings reveals the unorthodox culture behind one of the world’s most innovative, imaginative and successful companies. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from Hastings’s own career, No Rules Rules is the fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind the rise and rise of Netflix.

The 8 Step Dream Business Plan: Achieve Your Dream Life & Business by Randy McCord

Borne out of the desire to empower our advisors, The 8-Step Dream Business Plan was initially a few scribbles on a notepad during a National Best Financial Network leadership meeting. One of the easiest ways for new advisors to focus on their career paths and overcome the challenges of building their businesses is to have a comprehensive business plan to refer to whenever the going gets tough. That’s where the 8-Step Dream Business Plan comes in.

The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo

Good managers are made, not born. Top tech executive Julie Zhuo remembers the moment when she was asked to lead a team. She felt like she’d won the golden ticket, until reality came crashing in. Like most first-time managers, she wasn’t given any formal training, and had no resources to turn to for help. It took her years to find her way, but now she’s offering you the short-cut to success.

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins, arguably the most recognisable life and business strategist and guru, is back with a timely, unique follow-up to his smash New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game. Market corrections are as constant as seasons are in nature. There have been 30 such corrections in the past 30 years, yet there’s never been an action plan for how to not only survive, but thrive through each change in the stock market. Building upon the principles in Money: Master the Game, Robbins offers the reader specific steps they can implement to protect their investments while maximising their wealth.

No One’s Listening and It’s Your Fault: Get Your Message Heard During Organizational Transformations by Pam Marmon

Leading change at your organisation can be a daunting proposition while you face mounting pressure for growth. In her book, Pam Marmon shares a refreshing and radical truth: with the proper process, change is not hard. She unpacks the practical framework of implementing change to help you get your message heard during organisational transformations.

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

In his Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller, Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance – a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, for all of us.


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