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Porchlight Business Book Awards 2020

The Porchlight Business Book Awards exist to recognize the best books published every year, and all the people who helped bring them to life. While the books we choose are not always what most would consider traditional business books, they are the books we believe are the most important for businesses to consider.

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Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

Practices to Build a Better World

By Jacqueline Novogratz
Narrated by: Jacqueline Novogratz
Length: 8 hours 22 minutes

"An instant classic." —Arianna Huffington
"Will inspire people from across the political spectrum." —Jonathan Haidt

An essential shortlist of leadership ideas for everyone who wants to do good in this world, from Jacqueline Novogratz, author of the New York Times bestseller The Blue Sweater and founder and CEO of Acumen.

In 2001, when Jacqueline... Read more »

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How to Navigate the Future

By Margaret Heffernan
Narrated by: Margaret Heffernan
Length: 10 hours 51 minutes

* A Financial Times Best Book of the Year *

From former CEO and popular TED speaker Margaret Heffernan comes a timely and enlightening book that equips you with the tools you need to face the future with confidence and courage.

How can we think about the future? What do we need to do—and who do we need to be?

In her bold and invigorating new... Read more »

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The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen

By Dan Heath
Narrated by: Dan Heath
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes

Wall Street Journal Bestseller

New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath explores how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from hundreds of interviews with unconventional problem solvers.

So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one... Read more »

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When More Is Not Better

Overcoming America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency

By Roger L. Martin
Narrated by: Steve Menasche
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

For its first 200 years, the American economy exhibited truly impressive performance. The combination of democratically elected governments and a capitalist system worked, with ever-increasing levels of efficiency, spurred by division of labor, international trade, and scientific management of companies. But since then, outcomes have changed... Read more »

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Inclusive Conversations

Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across Differences

By Mary-Frances Winters
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

"What is impressive is not only how Winters builds a case for the urgency and need for bold, inclusive conversations but that she also gives specific strategies and competencies to turn her theory into practice.”
—Dr. Sheila Robinson, publisher and CEO, Diversity Woman Media

Effective dialogue across different dimensions of diversity, such as... Read more »

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The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias

How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

By Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy & Anne Chow
Narrated by: Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy & Anne Chow
Length: 6 hours 37 minutes

A timely, must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace, from the experts at FranklinCovey.

Unconscious bias affects everyone. It can look like the disappointment of an HR professional when a candidate for a new position asks about maternity leave. It can look like preferring the application of an Ivy League graduate over... Read more »

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The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You

By Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
Narrated by: Eliza Foss
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

The Power of Empowering Others Leadership isn't easy. It takes grit, courage, and vision, among other things, that can be hard to come by on your toughest days. When leaders and aspiring leaders seek out advice, they're often told to try harder. Dig deeper. Look in the mirror and own your natural-born strengths and fix any real or perceived... Read more »

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Turning Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans

By David Meerman Scott, Reiko Scott & Tony Robbins
Narrated by: David Meerman Scott, Reiko Scott & Byron Wagner
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Wall Street Journal bestseller

From the author of New Rules of Marketing & PR, a bold guide to converting customer passion into marketing power.

How do some brands attract word-of-mouth buzz and radical devotion around products as everyday as car insurance, b2b software, and underwear? They embody the most powerful marketing force in the... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Why the Future of Everything Will Be Fast, Fluid, and Made Just for You

By Christiane Lemieux & Duff McDonald
Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Serial entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux describes the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, arguing that visionary startups leverage the concept of “frictionless” to beat their competitors.   

Based on interviews with dozens of startup founders, experts and scholars on entrepreneurship, Frictionless provides readers with a wide-ranging... Read more »

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Building a Brand People Love from Day One

By Emily Heyward
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 5 hours 58 minutes

The 2020 Porchlight Marketing & Sales Book of the Year

The cofounder and chief branding officer of Red Antler, the branding and marketing company for startups and new ventures, explains how hot new brands like Casper, Allbirds, Sweetgreen, and Everlane build devoted fan followings right out of the gate.

We're in the midst of a startup... Read more »

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Selling Naked

A Revolutionary Approach to Launching Your Brand Online

By Jesse Horwitz
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

“A candid, behind-the-scenes look at how successful direct-to-consumer brands such as Hubble are launching their businesses on platforms like Facebook and Google.”—Lisa Sherman, president and CEO, the Ad Council
LONGLISTED FOR THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • “A must-read for anyone interested in starting a new business.”—Moiz Ali, CEO,... Read more »

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The Creativity Leap

Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work

By Natalie Nixon
Narrated by: Natalie Nixon
Length: 3 hours 58 minutes

"Natalie Nixon's new book provides a fresh primer on how to cultivate creativity in the workplace.”
—Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

Too many people associate creativity solely with the arts, even though to be an incredible scientist, engineer, or entrepreneur requires immense creativity. And it's the key to developing... Read more »

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Insights on Guy Raz's How I Built This

By Swift Reads
Narrated by: Joseph Griffiths
Length: 20 minutes

Download now to get key insights from this book in 15 minutes.


Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world's top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. 

Great ideas often come from a simple spark: A soccer player on the... Read more »

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Launching While Female

Smashing the System That Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back

By Susanne Althoff
Narrated by: Ann M. Richardson
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

An exposé of the gender gap in entrepreneurship and a road map for a more inclusive and economically successful future for us all

Journalist and professor Susanne Althoff investigates the obstacles women and nonbinary entrepreneurs--especially those of color--face when launching, funding, and growing their companies, obstacles that persist... Read more »

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The Practice

Shipping Creative Work

By Seth Godin
Narrated by: Seth Godin
Length: 5 hours 38 minutes

From the bestselling author of Linchpin, Tribes, and The Dip comes an elegant little book that will inspire artists, writers, and entrepreneurs to stretch and commit to putting their best work out into the world.

Creative work doesn't come with a guarantee. But there is a pattern to who succeeds and who doesn't. And engaging in the consistent... Read more »

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Big Friendship

How We Keep Each Other Close

By Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
Narrated by: Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
Length: 5 hours 33 minutes

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their... Read more »

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Life Is in the Transitions

Mastering Change at Any Age

By Bruce Feiler
Narrated by: Bruce Feiler
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

A New York Times bestseller! 

A pioneering and timely study of how to navigate life's biggest transitions with meaning, purpose, and skill

Bruce Feiler, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Secrets of Happy Families and Council of Dads, has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning. Galvanized by a personal crisis, he spent the... Read more »

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Me and White Supremacy

Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

By Layla F. Saad
Narrated by: Layla F. Saad
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Me and White Supremacy

“Want to learn how to be a good ancestor? Need to address your privilege and feel uncomfortable about talking about racism? You need to read and work through Me and White Supremacy.”

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The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

By Vivek H. Murthy
Narrated by: Vivek H. Murthy
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes


“Dramatic in both its scope and the frightening truths it reveals about loneliness and its effects, "Together" is a book that should be required reading for every teacher, community leader, healthcare practitioner, and mental health specialist. Dr. Murthy's introduction to the audiobook reveals that he did the research and writing well before the pandemic, but that the contents of "Together" might be more important to learn than ever during this time of social isolation. I've brought it up in conversation multiple times in the last few months, and I think about it at least once a day.”

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The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

By Katherine May
Narrated by: Rebecca Lee, Cassandra Campbell & Holly Linneman
Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

If you enjoyed Vesper Flights, then you’ll love Wintering.

“This was the perfect listen at the right time. Memoir, mythology, and meditations on an ever ignored fact that we must change our lifestyle in order to adapt to this sometimes brutal season. I will definitely come back to this one many times.”

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