Most business owners and entrepreneurs have limited time to spend on activities outside of their business. However, it is important that they take some time out of their day to better themselves so that they can continue to grow with the business as it expands. By reading books each day, entrepreneurs can open themselves up to ideas and inspiration.
We’ve put together a list of 9 books that would be a good read for any business owner or aspiring entrepreneur.
1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and their positive thinking. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” is the authors’ most famous work. This is the COMPLETE Reference Book. A true masterpiece with the fundamentals of the Success philosophy.
2. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The bestselling The Millionaire Next Door identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. Most of the truly wealthy in this country don’t live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue-they live next door. This new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new foreword for the twenty-first century by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley.
3. The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner
The most trusted resource on becoming a leader is now updated and revised for a new generation. This leadership classic continues to be a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader.
4. The Inside Advantage by Robert Bloom and Dave Conti
Robert H. Bloom has discovered that every enterprise has at least one strategic asset-one existing strength-that can form the foundation for future growth. He calls this an Inside Advantage. This strength usually lies unrecognized in an activity the business is currently performing or in a concept or an idea that the business already owns. Finding this hidden potential and becoming well known for it will grow the business. Doing what you’re good at and doing it better than anyone else will create growth. The Inside Advantage will help you capture that magic moment when customers will select your product or service over those of your competitors.
5. Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles
“Your customers are only satisfied because their expectations are so low and because no one else is doing better. Just having satisfied customers isn’t good enough anymore. If you really want a booming business, you have to create Raving Fans.” America is in the midst of a service crisis that has left a wake of disillusioned customers from coast to coast. Raving Fans includes startling new tips and innovative techniques that can help anyone create a revolution in any workplace–and turn their customers into raving, spending fans.
6. Managing by the Numbers by Chuck Kremer, Ron Rizzuto and John Case
Everyone interested in building a stronger business needs to understand and use the information captured in financial statements. In Managing by the Numbers, business education and accounting experts Chuck Kremer and Ron Rizzuto team up with open-book management authority John Case to demystify the numbers. They present a practical, common-sense approach to reading financial statements and to managing the three bottom lines of business financial performance: net profit, operating cash flow, and return on assets. Managing by the Numbers is an essential resource for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and anyone eager to improve their mastery of the financial side of running a business.
7. Corporate Compass by Ed Ruggero and Dennis F. Haley
This book tells the story of Amy Berlin, an ex-paratrooper present-day leadership consultant, who is hired by her father to turn around his ailing chain of high-end kitchenware retail stores. Ruggero and Haley walk you through a series of richly woven scenes that illustrate how to get your organization focused on a common goal and your employees aligned to pull together in that direction.
8. The Breakthrough Company by Keith R. McFarland
Based on a five-year, 7,000-company study, the vast majority of small businesses stay small–and not by choice. Only the most savvy and persistent–a tiny one tenth of one percent–break through to the very highest ranks. In The Breakthrough Company, technology CEO and Fortune 500 consultant Keith McFarland draws upon an extensive empirical study to reveal exactly how everyday companies become extraordinary, showing that breakthrough success is associated with a clearly identifiable set of strategies and skills that anyone in any business can emulate–from small startup to industry leader.
9. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
How any company can build an incredibly effective salesforce by learning from the best in the world despite billions spent every year on personality profiling, sales training, motivational experts, coaches, and incentives. To identify what makes a top-producing salesperson—the kind who sells four times more than everyone else—and why some sales teams have a high percentage of top producers, he interviewed more than two thousand executives in many different industries. His findings challenge the conventional wisdom about hiring, training, managing, and rewarding a sales team.
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