Best Business Book Gifts

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Gift giving, though joyful, is always stressful. Especially so for me is the pursuit of appropriate business gifts. Books always are tempting—but the topics must be neutral, or it seems I am giving a message through the title selection. In this era of high tech fascination, books fulfill a different role—offering an accessibility and visual quality unparalleled.

Finding the right business gift:
• can’t be too personal
• can’t be trivial
• can’t be too cheap or too expensive
• must be of a relevant subject, yet can’t be preachy
• must be visually appealing
• best if kept and used
• easily fits for multi-generations.

Small books are a great choice—and those of collections can be the most appropriate. For under $20, bookstores only offer a few titles that fit these parameters. Two new books are out this season, and several classics that should not be forgotten:

Women who Win at Work by Liane Sebastian
Encompassing profiles and advice from exemplary businesswomen, this collection penetrates what motivates workingwomen. Explore useable ideas, lessons from experience, and innovative approaches of over 100 contributors through concise and colorful pages.

The Business Devotional: 365 Inspirational Thoughts on Management, Leadership, and Motivation by Lillian Hayes Martin
Gathering profound and relevant ideas from the best business thinkers is complemented by engaging commentary. Patterned after David Kidder’s

• Intellectual Devotional series, this book focuses on commerce. Each day begins with a compelling concept from a leading business thinker, followed by considered commentary.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women: Simple and Practical Ways to Do What Matters Most and Find Time for You by Kristine Carlson.
Although older, this classic (and Elaine St. James’s book below) should be part of every workingwoman’s library. Following the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series by Richard Carlson, this quick-read captures a female viewpoint and presents solutions to many common daily challenges. Each entry explores short-cuts and techniques to try!
by Elaine St. James
Another great little classic, this book is similar to Kristine Carlson’s above. Similar size and length, a library of techniques is presented. From fun to serious, from quick to time-consuming, the underlying theme is the goal to work more effectively, not more hours. For those of us who love to work, working better is always attractive.

Simplify Your Work Life: Ways to Change the Way You Work so You Have More Time

See other ideas in Women who Win at Work.

Liane Sebastian, illustrator, designer, writer, and publishing pioneer


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