It’s that time again, when we start compiling lists to end the year and start the fresh, new one. Whether you’re a new business owner starting out or a seasoned executive, here’s a list of books that will inspire and motivate and which small business owners and managers will especially find useful. Here’s to a productive and successful 2016!
1. Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
This book has been a major influence for a quarter century now, transforming the lives of everyone who’s read it, and boy are there many of them! From Presidents to parents and CEO’s to professionals of all kinds. His seven principles and step by step path to living authentically and working effectively is now a classic guide.
2. Built To Last – Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
An in-depth look at 18 companies and how they stack up against their competitors. The book tracks the companies from their inception to the present, analyzing a multitude of compiled data to determine the best practices that were employed to make them, and their products, exceptional and enduring.
3. How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie
For over 75 years this book has been one of the mainstays of the self-help how-to’s. Carnegie’s advice has stood the test of the better part of a century, and it will have you discovering ways to enhance your personal and professional relationships in no time flat.
4. Groundswell – Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff
A look at how social media has changed the face of business in the 21st century and ways to integrate the varied and often confusing social technologies into your marketing efforts. This book will help you harness the vast potential of the internet.
5. Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This is indeed the granddaddy of motivational books. Written in 1937, it’s still one of the most important and inspiring reads. Read it and use the power of positive thinking to foster better beliefs and achieve success.
6. Good To Great – Jim Collins
Who doesn’t want to be great? This book examines how some companies were able to make the leap from good to great and stayed that way for over a decade. A great look at the reasons and techniques that make the best companies just that—the best.
7. Getting Things Done – David Allen
The ultimate book on personal organization. It’s one of the most influential business books of its era, creating an entirely new way of approaching professional and personal tasks. An entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots has grown from it, all based on the secret to increasing productivity: being able to relax.
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
An alternative primer on personal finance, the book is a journey through the author’s relationship with two fathers and how they influenced his relationship with money. The book challenges many long held beliefs about money and what it means to be rich and explodes many of the myths about wealth.
9. Sell Local Think Global – Olga Mizrahi
Fantastic practical tips, strategies, and tactics for selling and marketing. Mizrahi has distilled the best advice gleaned over the years from conversations with business owners from her business column in the Long Beach Post and her blog. An inspiring and motivating how-to for focusing inward while taking your business outward to greater success.
10. Customer Service The Sandler Way: 48 Rules For Strategic Customer Care -Anne MacKeigan
A practical 48 rule guide to making the best and most intelligent strategic investments in customer care. Create and sustain a working company culture built on the belief that the customer not only matters, but is the only reason your business exists. Learn how to engage your service staff to engage your customers and deliver exceptional customer care.
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