16 Business Books That Aren't About Business

16 Business Books That Aren't About Business

'When folks ask me what business books to read, I usually say anything but business books.' 

A book list by Duke Stump. 

Bonfire With Soul.

Biomimicry
by Janine Benyus

Probably my greatest source of inspiration. Nature as a mentor and Life’s Principles.

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One-Straw Revolution
by Masanobu Fukuoka

Wonderful narrative about truly understanding the essence of things and the art of “do-nothing”.

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To Be Human
by Jiddu Krishamurti

So much to unpack in this book, but what resonated for me was the beauty of not knowing. When you know you are in a prison and when you don’t know you are free.

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Critical Path
by Buckminster Fuller

The da Vinci of our time. Humanity, interdependence, curiosity, widen the lens.

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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations
by Toni Morrison

When words cut through the barb wire of life. An inspired protagonist for humanity.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

I love this book (being an introvert myself). Should be mandatory for every leader.

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Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
by Margaret J. Wheatley

Deeply connected to biomimicry. Brilliant book on how to lead and apply order to chaos.

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The Farm
by Wendell Berry

Sustainability and humanity all contained in one 56-page poem.

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Le Petit Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Namaste.

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The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of of the Soul in Corporate America
by David Whyte

David writes what I feel.

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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

The optimistic rebel.

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The Bhagavad Gita
by Anonymous

What it means to be yoga.

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The Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America's Most Renowned Horsemen
by Buck Branaman

A horse book about people. Empathy and awareness on steroids.

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Small is Beautiful: Economics As if People Mattered
by E.F. Schumacher

Creating business that matters. Wish this was my economics teachings at university. Buddhist economics. Nice.

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Corita Kent: Art and Soul
by April Dammann

A radical nun who inspired generations around social justice issues via art.

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You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
by Thich Nhat Hanh

My daily mantra, here’s to now.

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