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5 Business Books To Read If You Don’t Want To ‘Lean In’ With Sheryl Sandberg

This business advice post originally appears in my Work In Progress blog for

I haven’t read “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg and don’t plan to. I have already seen her TED talk and Barnard College commencement address so I have the gist of her message, and there are lots of other great reads. If you would also rather skip the hoopla, here are some of my favorite business/ advice books by working moms:

Escape From Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
If you are thinking about starting a business, read this book first. If you already started your business, read this anyway. It’s a great primer for entrepreneurs.

Mothers Work by Rebecca Mathias
Mathias founded retail stores, Motherhood Mimi Maternity, and Pea in the Pod. It’s a candid, funny, and fascinating look at building a big business from the ground up with baby in tow.

168 Hours168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
Vanderkam is also the prolific author of the e-book series What Successful People Do…During the Weekends, In the Morning, with more titles coming. Vanderkam writes frequently about time and productivity, and 168 Hours provides helpful strategies and inspiring stories to help us all make the most of our time.

The Entrepreneur’s Trap by Tina Forsyth
Forsyth is an online business expert and writes an excellent resource on systematizing your business. While written for the entrepreneur, her advice on creating repeatable, dependable processes so things can be delegated is spot on for executives as well.

Spousonomics by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
The subtitle is Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage and Dirty Dishes. Seriously, any book that uses the principles of economics to give marital advice is worth a read, and Szuchman and Anderson pull this off very smartly.


What are your favorite business/ advice books by women?