The list is going to change and grow with every book I read and have read. I’m also explicitly leaving out classics like “Don’t make me think” by Steve Krug, since you can find them on practically every design-heavy list and I also want to focus more on the business aspect.
Important: My book recommendations are not sponsored. I buy the books myself and only recommend what I personally think is good. I also only ever read the English editions and can only rate these.
An additional recommendation completely outside the usual subject area here and an absolute must-read: “So you want to talk about race” by Ijeoma Oluo.
- Radical Candor – Kim Scott
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High – Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan und Al Switzler
- Future Ethics – Cenydd Bowles
- A Win Without Pitching Manifesto – Blair Enns
- Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss with Tahl Raz
- Technically Wrong – Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It – Mike Monteiro
- Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days – Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz
- Creative Strategy and the Business of Design – Douglas Davis
- The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact + Wealth – David C. Baker
- Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent – Ryan Holiday
- Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World – Erica Keswin
- Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business – Paul Jarvis
- Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook to Find Your Message, Build a Tribe, and Change the World – Russell Brunson
- Hacking Growth – Morgan Brown, Sean Ellis
- Lean UX – Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden
- UX for Lean Startups – Laura Klein
- Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
- Built to Last – Jim Collins
- Good to Great – Jim Collins