5 must-read business books

The past year has yielded a trove of insightful business books. These are the most important.

.  Help others, help yourself

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Finally there's some quality research to back up something that successful businesspeople have understood intuitively for generations: Doing favors for those around you, without expecting payback, helps you too. In Give and Take, Adam Grant points to research showing that the smartest negotiators often strike deals that are highly beneficial for their counterparts as well, with little cost to themselves, resulting in gains for all parties involved.

Verne Harnish is the CEO of Gazelles Inc., an executive education firm.

This story is from the November 18, 2013 issue of Fortune.
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 31 2013 07:07 AM ET
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