With so many great business books to choose from, it’s hard to pick just the right ones. We think we’ve done a pretty good job with this list. And of course as we continue to read more, we’ll be sure to share.

Whether you are thinking of starting a new business, have owned your business for years, or are interested in changing the business you are in….here are five new reads for 2011. Uplifting, informative and simply presented, each of these books have personally assisted us in building Cadence from the ground up. This selection provides both macro and micro views of how to run a business as well as guidance for understanding the new social and economic climate we currently find ourselves in – each one providing clarity in an age of information overload. If you have the spirit of a doer and the mind of a creator, enjoy these reads.

Now go ahead, get reading!

The Great Reset – Uplifting. Motivating. User friendly. Richard Florida draws on history to succinctly explain the complicated economic reality we all find ourselves in today. Step by step you’ll be taken back in time to understand where we came from, how we got here and ultimately how we move forward with what we’ve learned for a more prosperous and happy existence. Hint – We have to get back to working hard to achieve prosperity.

The Dragonfly Effect – For the social media lover and those of us (me included) who are skeptical that Twitter and Facebook can serve a more meaningful purpose than just creating “noise”. Coauthored by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith, this one was a game changer for me – a book with achievable goals and action items provided so that you can start making a positive difference – now!

A Whole New Mind [Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future] – As a book published prior to the downturn, this is a tell-tale sign that the shift in brain power is revolutionizing the way the world works. Daniel Pink takes readers on a ride through the inner workings of the brain and simply explains how that directly effects creativity, production and success. Pick this one up if you want to dissect your mind in a whole new way.

The Business Model Generation – An in-depth and graphic look at innovative business models. Written by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, this is not a book for the faint-hearted. Think of an encyclopedia for every new business term out there integrated with an illustrated work book. If you are a decision maker for your business – this one is for you. The book itself is also a tribute to the power of collaboration – over 450 contributors submitted ideas that were melded into this one unique business resource.

The E-Myth Revisited – A micro look at structuring your business, how to carefully choose the manner in which you grow and who you choose to have with you as you mature. Michael Gerber digs into detailed reasoning of why it is important to develop both personal and business goals on an integrated platform. Delve into these practical strategies if you have the itch to sustainably grow your business, no matter the industry.

Let us know if you have any additions that are a must.