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The 10 best business and leadership books of 2018 so far, according to readers

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The first chapter from "Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too" by Gary Vaynerchuk
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Thousands of books about business and leadership are published every year, and while we wish we could read them all, we just don't have the time.

When you want to ensure that you're about to read useful and enlightening content, Goodreads— the community for sharing what you're currently reading and discovering what you should read next — is a worthy place to start.

We're now halfway through 2018, and these are the new business and leadership books published so far that Goodreads members love. From dissecting business scandals to guiding you through awkward office situations, the 10 books offer interesting, entertaining, and actionable insights about the worlds of business, tech, and leadership.

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"The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups" by Daniel Coyle

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Goodreads rating: 4.39 stars from 1,400+ ratings

An essential book that unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides readers with a toolkit for building a cohesive, innovative culture, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code.

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"Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too" by Gary Vaynerchuk

Amazon

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Goodreads rating: 4.26 stars from 1,100+ ratings

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

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"Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou

Amazon

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Goodreads rating: 4.7 stars from 775 ratings

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

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"Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility" by Patty McCord

Amazon

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Goodreads rating: 4.22 stars from 643 ratings

When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.

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"Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea That Drives 10X Growth" by John Doerr

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Goodreads rating: 4.18 stars from 280 ratings

Measure What Matters is about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), a revolutionary approach to goal-setting, to make tough choices in business. Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations.

This book will show you how to collect timely, relevant data to track progress — to measure what matters. It will help any organization or team aim high, move fast, and excel.

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"The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate" by Fran Hauser

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Goodreads rating: 4.66 stars from 229 ratings

Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world. It's a refreshing dose of forward-looking feminism that will resonate with smart, professional women who know what they want and are looking for real advice to take their career to the next level without losing themselves in the process.

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"Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work" by Alison Green

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Goodreads rating: 4.05 stars from 147 ratings

There's a reason Alison Green has been called "the Dear Abby of the work world." Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don't know what to say. Thankfully, Green does — and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career.

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"How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job" by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Amazon

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Goodreads rating: 4.24 stars from 97 ratings

Like the original What Got You Here, this new book will help women identify specific behaviors that keep them from realizing their full potential, no matter what stage they are in their career. It will also help them identify why what worked for them in the past will not necessarily get them where they want to go in the future — and how to finally shed those behaviors so they can advance to the next level, whatever that may be.

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"Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World" by Rand Fishkin

Amazon

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Goodreads rating: 4.66 stars from 29 ratings

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, is one of the world's leading experts on SEO. Moz is now a $45 million a year business, but Fishkin's business and reputation took 15 years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt.

Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret.

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"Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life" by Francesca Gino

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Goodreads rating: 4.28 stars from 25 ratings

Francesca Gino has discovered that rebels — those who practice "positive deviance" at work — are harder to manage, but they are good for the bottom line: their passion, drive, curiosity, and creativity raise the entire organization to a new level. Packed with strategies for embracing rebellion at work and in life, and illuminating case studies ranging from the world of fine dining to fast food chains to corporations such as Google and Pixar, Rebel Talent encourages all of us to rebel against what's comfortable, so that we can thrive.

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