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GBC Alumni Recommendations
Note: these links are accessible to CURRENT GBC students only. For books available to the public, check the Toronto Public Library or your local library.
Startup Success & Financial Advice
Blue Ocean Strategy by
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
The global phenomenon, embraced by business worldwide and now published in more than 40 languages. This international bestseller challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Start with Why by
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
AUDIOBOOK. The inspirational bestseller that ignited a movement and asked us to find our WHY Discover the book that is captivating millions on TikTok and that served as the basis for one of the most popular TED Talks of all time--with more than 56 million views and counting.
The Lean Startup by
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Publication Date: 2015-11-01
AUDIOBOOK. Weinberg and Mares know that there's no one-size-fits-all solution; every startup faces unique challenges and will benefit from a blend of these nineteen traction channels. They offer a three-step framework (called Bullseye) to figure out which ones will work best for your business. But no matter how you apply them, the lessons and examples in Traction will help you create and sustain the growth your business desperately needs.
Getting Things Done by
Publication Date: 2015-03-17
The book Lifehack calls "The Bible of business and personal productivity." "A completely revised and updated edition of the blockbuster bestseller from 'the personal productivity guru'"--Fast Company
NOTE: Available in print only
Think and Grow Rich by
Publication Date: 2021-04-20
This book provides a synopsis of the original 1937 text of Hill's masterpiece, Think and Grow Rich. It extracts the key principles, instructions, and examples so that the modern professional, regardless of how busy he or she is, can benefit from the timeless wisdom found in Hill's book. To receive the greatest possible benefit from its wisdom, read no more than one chapter per day, allowing the space and time to fully digest its insights and to enable your imaginative faculties to act on the thought impulses generated thereby.
Think and Grow Rich (Gender Neutral Edition) by
Publication Date: 2019
There is literally no one who wouldn't benefit from reading Napoleon Hill's legendary Think and Grow Rich. The book is not only about acquiring money, but also about realizing any ethical aim or idea, whether you are an artist or student, scholar or solider. There is simply nothing else like it. Yet the language of the original 1937 edition may put off some readers, who find it antiquated or reliant on social assumptions of the past. No more. Now, historian and New Thought scholar Mitch Horowitz has deftly and carefully revised the original work into gender neutral language that seamlessly brings its social references into alignment with present-day standards.
Think and Grow Rich by
Publication Date: 2001-11-25
Think and Grow Rich is one of the most instrumental books of all time. Since its first publication in 1937, many have cited Hill's philosophies as the cornerstone to their financial and overall personal success. After studying many of the wealthiest and most successful men and women of his day, Hill created his famous formula to moneymaking.
Atomic Habits : An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by
Publication Date: 2018
(AUDIOBOOK). Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving—every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by
Publication Date: 2013-11-19
Millions of copies sold. New York Times Bestseller. Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. "Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books." --Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years.
Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by
Publication Date: 2012
AUDIOBOOK. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled'quiet,'it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
The Success Principles(TM) by
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
Get ready to transform yourself for success. Jack Canfield, cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, turns to the principles he's studied, taught, and lived for more than 30 years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.
Setting the Table by
Publication Date: 2006-10-03
The bestselling business book from award-winning restauranteur Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around?
The Lean Startup... in 30 Minutes by
Publication Date: 2012-08-23
The Lean Startup…in 30 minutes is the essential guide to quickly understanding the important ideas in Eric Ries’ bestselling book, The Lean Startup.
Never Split the Difference by
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations--whether in the boardroom or at home. ** A Wall Street Journal Bestseller **
The Alchemist: a Graphic Novel by
Publication Date: 2010-11-23
Since its first printing The Alchemist has been translated into seventy-one languages and sold forty million copies worldwide, establishing itself as a modern classic that will enchant and inspire readers for generations to come. Beautifully rendered, The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel is a must have for any collector's library. Acclaimed illustrator Daniel Sampere brings Paulo Coelho's classic to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.
Marketing, Designing & Branding
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People by
Publication Date: 2020-06-25
WE DESIGN TO ELICIT RESPONSES from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs.
Don't Make Me Think by
Publication Date: 2005-08-18
Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it's hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn't read Steve Krug's "instant classic" on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day.
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
This marketing classic has been expanded to include new commentary, new illustrations, and a bonus book: The 11 Immutable Laws of Internet Branding. Smart and accessible, The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding is the definitive text on branding, pairing anecdotes about some of the best brands in the world, like Rolex, Volvo, and Heineken, with the signature savvy of marketing gurus Al and Laura Ries.
How to Be a Graphic Designer by
Publication Date: 2005-09-22
Designers are quick to tell us about their sources of inspiration, but they are much less willing to reveal such critical matters as how to find work, how much they charge, and what to do when a client rejects three weeks of work and refuses to pay the bill.How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul addresses the concerns of young designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work, and who want to avoid becoming hired drones working on soulless projects. Written by a designer for designers, it combines practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers.
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by
Publication Date: 2007-10-30
Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, nineteen designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman.
Building a Story Brand by
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
More than half-a-million business leaders have discovered the power of the StoryBrand Framework, created by New York Times bestselling author and marketing expert Donald Miller. And they are making millions.
The Elements of Style by
Publication Date: 2008-10-15
You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And nowThe Elements of Style–the most widely read and employed English style manual–is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic.
The Little, Brown Essential Handbook by
Publication Date: 2007-11-06
The Little Brown Essential Handbook, in it's brief and inexpensive format, helps students at all levels with extensive sections on academic writing, the writing process, grammar and usage, research writing, and documentation. With minimal terminology and clear examples The Little Brown Essential Handbook supports writers in all levels and discipline