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The Top 10 Books Recommended by Fortune 500 CEOs

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Good to Great, the management study by Jim Collins about companies that perform better than their peers, is the most recommended book by Fortune 500 CEOs, according to a recent poll conducted by Julia Wittrock and Grant Hensel.

The findings were based on data from a survey of 150 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Each executive was asked which books they would suggest reading in preparation for a career in business.

Good to Great was picked by 35 CEOs, making it the most recommended book by far. Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, which explores how successful companies get things done, was the second-most suggested book (8 recommendations).

Check out the top ten picks below, and visit the full site to see the complete list of 138 books recommended by the CEOs polled.


About the research: The findings were based on data from a survey of 150 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Each executive was asked which book(s) they would suggest reading in preparation for a career in business.


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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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