Hello 2017, the Year of the Rooster. It’s always that perfect time to re-evaluate success and failures and set goals for the coming months. So what should you read when you need a little reflection or motivation in your downtime between events and making the impossible happen for your clients? Not to worry, Business Insider has you covered. They partnered up to share tastemakers and celebrities top books (and inspiration!) for your latest reading list.


These authors all have the potential to transform your work and take it to the next level. Learn how to shape your company’s social behavior, work towards happy, reinvent your leadership skills and create new ways of thinking about your work.


Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder

  • The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown – Archie Brown is an Oxford University scholar who studied political leadership for decades. Among his findings, is that the leaders who’ve made the biggest impact on history are not those who were perceived to be strong, but rather, according to Gates those who “collaborate, delegate, and negotiate.”


JJ Abrams, Producer & Director

  • Originals by Adam Grant – JJ Abrams tweeted he found Originals “extraordinary.”  Author and Wharton professor Adam Grant examines how people can reject conformity and improve the status quo by generative and creative ideas. Grant walks the reader through successful business (and life) lessons from non-conformists.


Norah O’Donnell, “CBS This Morning” Host & Journalist

  • How to Be Happy at Work by Dr. Annie McKee – Should we expect to be fulfilled and happy at work? Dr. Annie McKee answers with a definitive yes. Norah O’Donnell told Business Insider that McKee’s work has greatly influenced her “outlook on professional happiness” and “motivation when covering a story.” McKee makes the case that happiness is more important than ever in today’s workplace. Based on her extensive research at the University of Pennsylvania and decades of experience with leaders, this book sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to the individual, team, and organizational success.


Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner & Entrepreneur

  • Find Your Why by Simon Sinek – Sinek’s talk on TED.com is the third most watched talk of all time. Cuban wholeheartedly implores Sinek’s message. In his blog he wrote, “if you are personally lost without a purpose, your company will also professionally fail without a vision.” In Find Your Why, Sinek explores a hands-on guide to the most important step any business can take. Search for your personal “why”, and then expand to find your business’ why. Sinek gives detailed instructions on every stage, and answers to common questions.

Applying the topics of these books can help bolster employee team work, create work-life balance, and implement different ways to manage all while still being innovative. The brightest minds of Silicon Valley are seeking a purposeful environment, so what are you waiting for? Pick up these books and start your very own book club to reshape your company culture.