800-CEO-READ is a website dedicated to exploring and providing the very best business books for readers. They also hold an annual Business Book Awards where they acknowledge the top business books of the year. On the December 6, they announced this year’s shortlist, which includes the winning titles in eight different categories. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony and celebration on January 12 in New York City.

According to Editorial Director, Dylan Schleicher, the awards are looking to represent a more inclusive and human-driven approach to the business world. “You will see a broadening in the definition of what constitutes, ‘business,’” he writes on their website. This includes, “who business is meant to serve, and who should be allowed – even welcomed – to sit at the table.” This year’s list certainly represents that broadened definition – it highlights approaches based on gender, instructional guides, and even an examination of poverty in cities.



Here are 2016’s shortlist winners:

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success, Cal Newport (Grand Central Publishing, January 5, 2016)

Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, Edward Humes (Harper, April 12, 2016)

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey (Harvard Business Review Press, March 22, 2016)

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond (Crown, March 1, 2016)

Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, William C. Taylor (Portfolio, September 20, 2016)

 Small Data: The Tiny Clues that Uncover Huge Trends, Martin Lindstrom (St. Martin’s Press, February 23, 2016)

What Works: Gender Equality by Design, Iris Bohnet (Belknap Press, March 8, 2016)

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson (Riverhead Books, November 15, 2016)

Congratulations to all of the winners and we wish you luck at the upcoming ceremony!