Recently I received a link to an intriguing list of business novels that you may want to consider. Here’s the link.
As I studied the list, I began to think of my own favorite business novels. I agree on The Goal by Eli Goldratt, which I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, but I would add his books, The Choice and The Greatest Miracle in the World. I also really liked Ayn Rand’s books, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which I would add to the list. While at times those stories were a bit bizarre, I found they both had really thought-provoking ideas. As far as really short business novels go, I enjoyed Gung Ho!. The challenge with the short novels is they don’t get much into the real complexities that managers deal with. They try to address a single concept, but managers don’t deal with a single situation at a time. They deal with complexities at home and at work that require attention in multiple ways.
I just read two really powerful novels: The Prince of Tides and South of Broad by Pat Conroy. They are not business novels, but they do force the reader to think about life in general and that can help to improve your ideas about business.