Whether you want to improve your business productivity or work on your skills at understanding people (to improve business productivity!) these modern classics make it to many recommended lists. Business schools require students to read them and management consultants use them to improve their skills at managing people, managing projects and managing their time. To get more out of this list just follow up with more books by the authors. The titles can all be found in our print and ebook collections.

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey
Also available in: Audio eBook
With sales of over 15 million copies in 38 languages, this revolutionary guidebook shows you how to achieve peace of mind within and build trust without by seeking the roots of human behavior in character and by learning principles rather than merely practices.

2. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard
Also available in eBook: and Audio eBook

A short and quick read, Who Moved My Cheese reads like a parable that teaches lessons about change and how to deal with it.

3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

by Jim Collins
Also available in Audio eBook
This book is the result of over five years of research, analyzing the histories of 28 companies, and discovering why some companies make the leap from merely "good" to "great" and others don't.

4. Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell
Also available in eBook and Audio eBook
Best-selling author Gladwell identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.

5. How To Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie
Also available in Audio eBook
This classic motivational book was released in 1936 and has sold more than 15 million copies. The timeless practical advice appeals equally to business audiences, self-help audiences, and anyone desiring success.