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Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for July, 2020 – Atomic Habits by James Clear is still #1, in Pandemic America

Atomic HabitsThe New York Times has just published its list of best-selling business books for July, 2020.  Again this month during pandemic season, Atomic Habits is #1 on the list.

My theory on why this is still #1 is simple:  we are all having to work on ourselves, and this means that we need to get rid of bad habits and cultivate good habits – habits that are good for us, and are useful in this new work environment. This book provides genuine help for that quest.

After our August First Friday Book Synopsis, we will have presented 8 of these 10 books at our monthly book event in Dallas.  I have presented Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, The Ride of a Lifetime, Outliers, Extreme Ownership, and (after our August 7 session), The Deficit Myth. And my former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented Grit and Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Note:  This month’s list includes three books written by women authors.

These eight books provide great insight.  I strongly recommend all eight.  (I’m sure the other two are good books, but I have not read them…).

Here are the ten best selling business books from the New York Times list for July, 2020.  Click over to their site for links to reviews of some of these books.

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#3 – The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
#4 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#5 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#6 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#7 – Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
#8 – The Buddha and the Badass by Vishen Lakhiani
#9 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
#10 – The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton

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The Deficit Myth is one of my two selections for our August session of the First Friday Book Synopsis

The Deficit Myth is one of my two selections for our August session of the First Friday Book Synopsis

I record my synopses, and make them available for purchase.  Each synopsis come- with my comprehensive, multi-page handout, plus the audio recording of my presentation.  Click on the buy synopses tab at the top of this page.  And click here for our newest additions.

Here is the May, 2020 list of best-selling business books from the New York Times – Atomic Habits by James Clear is again/still at #1

Once a month, on this blog, I post about the list of Best-Selling Business Books from the New York Times.  They update this list monthly.  And they include the top ten best-selling business books of the month.

Atomic HabitsThis list always includes some “older” books.  For example, this month, the #1 book, Atomic Habits, was published in 2018, the #4 book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, was published in 2011, and the #6 book, Outliers, was published in 2008.

This month’s list includes four books written by women authors.  This is a higher percentage than in most months.

And of the ten books, we have presented synopses of eight of the ten at our monthly First Firday Book Synopsis events in Dallas.  I presented five of the synopses; Atomic Habits; Dare to Lead; Outliers; Extreme Ownership; and Range; my former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented his synopses of Thinking, Fast and Slow and Grit; and a guest presenter, Ed Savage. presented Leadership.

Let me pause to make a personal observation.  This is the third month in a row for Atomic Habits to be at the top spot; and it was at #2 for both January and February.  This is quite a run.  But I think it makes sense.  We are feeling a little uncertain; like we’ve lost our center.  Maybe the need of this moment is to tackle our own manageable and controllable productivity.  Building good habits, removing bad habits, is at the heart of such concerns.  This may be survival-level focus in these difficult coronavirus days we face.

More observation:  there are others on the list that also make sense at this time.  Thinking, Fast and Slow is partially a book about learning how to think with our “slow” brains; to ponder longer-term implications.  And the Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Leadership is about presidential leadership; especially appropriate now.

Of the eight books we have presented, you would not go wrong reading any of them.  I am presenting my synopsis of Atomic Habits remotely to my second different business audience this week later today. I presented my synopsis of Extreme Ownership to a group of leaders in mid-size cities just recently.  And Range is the book I chose as the best business book of the year for 2019.  You might want to read my post: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein is my Business Book of the Year for 2019 – (Loonshots by Safi Bahcall is runner-up).

All eight are worth your time!  They are good, useful, challenging books.

Extreme OwnershipHere is the May, 2020 New York Times list of best-selling business books.  Click here to visit the New York Times site for links to reviews of some of these books.

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brwon
#3 – Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sondenshein
#4 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#5 – Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
#6 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#7 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#8 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
#9 – Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
#10 – Range by David Epstein

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the book that we started with in 2019

We make our synopses available to purchase.  Click on the buy synopses tab at the top of this page, where you can search for synopses by title.  Click here for our newest additions.  Each synopsis comes with our comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, plus the audio recording of the presentations.

Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for April, 2020 – Atomic Habits by James Clear is at #1

Atomic HabitsThe New York Times has published its list of best-selling books for April, 2020.  Atomic Habits by James Clear is at the top spot.

I think this makes sense. So many of us are trying to take what control we can during these circumstances, as we stay at home, work from home, and just…survive…at home.  We need all the help we can get with building and maintaining good habits.

Here’s a personal observation:  for over 22 + years, we have presented synopses of business books at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  Two books, every month, for over 22 years.  Last Friday, I presented only one synopsis; and our gathering was remote/virtual.

I will do this again for May.  (I am deciding whether or not to present one book or two).  But, as to my problem:  “regular” business books do not quite feel appropriate or timely.  Last Friday, I presented Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath, and it was absolutely timely.  But, otherwise, I’m having difficulty choosing books that feel right for the moment we face.

But, hopefully, things will return to normal soon, and ”regular” business books will provide needed great value and insight again.

I presented my synopsis of Jocko Willink's new book just a couple of months ago

I presented my synopsis of Jocko Willink’s new book just a couple of months ago

Back to this month’s list:  each month, the New York Times publishes a list of the top ten best-selling business books.  Of the ten, I have presented synopsis of four of them, and my former colleague, Karl Krayer, presented synopses of two others.  I presented Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, Outliers, and Leadership Strategy and Tactics.  Karl presented Thinking, Fast and Slow, and Grit.

Note:  this month’s list includes three books by women authors.  This is a higher percentage than usual.  — We’ve presented two of these three.

Here is the list of best-selling business books for April, 2020 from the New York TimesClick over to their site for links to reviews of a few of these:

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ by Suze Orman
#3 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#4 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#5 – Dark Towers by David Enrich
#6 – Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty
#7 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#8 – Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink
#9 – The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
#10 – Grit by Angela Duckworth

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Our synopses are available to purchase from the buy synopses tab at the top of this page.  Each synopsis comes with our multi-page, comprehensive handout, along with the audio recording of our presentation.  Click here to see our newest additions.