ImagesLean Startup’ leads the list of books that have been big recently in the world of business.


What has the business community been reading lately? 800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources, compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for September, plus descriptions of the top 10.

1. Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries; Crown, 336 pages ($26).

2. What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan; Harvard Business Press, 288 pages ($26.95).

3. From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer; Jossey-Bass, 224 pages ($27.95).

4. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath; Gallup Press, 175 pages ($22.95).

5. Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; William Morrow, 288 pages ($29.99).

6. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk; HarperBusiness, 256 pages ($24.99).

7. Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor; William Morrow, 320 pages ($27.99).

8. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink; Riverhead Books, 256 pages ($26.95).

9. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh; Business Plus, 253 pages ($23.99).

10. Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen; Harvard Business Press, 304 pages ($29.95).

11. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successfu l by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter; Hyperion Books, 236 pages ($24.99).

12. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki; Portfolio, 211 pages ($26.95).

13. It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by D. Michael Abrashoff; Warner Books, 212 pages ($24.95).

14. Innovator’s Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth by Michael E. Raynor; Crown, 256 pages ($23).

15. The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann; Portfolio, 144 pages ($21.95).

16. How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership by Marilyn Carlson Nelson; McGraw-Hill, 144 pages ($19.95).

17. It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven by Purpose by Roy M. Spence; Portfolio, 336 pages ($25.95).

18. Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements by Robbin Phillips, Greg Cordell, Geno Church and Spike Jones; John Wiley & Sons, 184 pages ($24.95).

19. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins; Harvard Business Press, 208 pages ($29.95).

20. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Elizabeth Wiseman and Greg McKeown; HarperBusiness, 288 pages ($25.99).

21. Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t by Paul Sullivan; Portfolio, 256 pages ($25.95).

22. I Love You More Than My Dog: Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad by Jeanne Bliss; Portfolio, 224 pages ($22.95).

23. Love Leadership by John Hope Bryant and Bill George; Jossey-Bass, 203 pages ($27.95).

24. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne; Harvard Business Press, 256 pages ($29.95).

25. How to Market to People Not Like You: ‘Know It or Blow It’ Rules for Reaching Diverse Customers by Kelly McDonald; John Wiley & Sons, 218 pages ($24.95).

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