I am always after a great book to read. I find that whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can get hooked on a book and glean a lot of information. Being a busy person means that my time is limited, so I find that it helps to look at lists and reviews to narrow down my book list.
Here are some books that you may want to take a look at, along with a brief synopsis so that you can decide if it’s one that you want read. I’ve gathered a mixture of content ranging from entrepreneurship, character, technology, general business, and even historical views of globalization. The titles are in no particular order and you may find them mentioned in various periodicals such as Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and the New York Times.
- Crazy is a Compliment by Linda Rottenberg. Rottenberg, co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading organization dedicated to supporting fast-growing entrepreneurs, offers the lowdown on how to take smart risks and focus attention on being more entrepreneurial.
- Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser, is a collection of personal essays that helps entrepreneurs deal with the stressors that happen when you put your money, ideas and dreams on the line. This book helps you prepare for possible rejection or failure and provides essays on how to deal with these situations.
- The Road to Character by David Brooks. Popular culture has taken over our lives with selfies, social media and self-absorption being the norm. Brooks reminds us of the importance of character, kindness and honesty. Throughout this book entrepreneurs are guided to focus more on building relationships that lead to success.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Khneman, provides an entertaining look that distills decades of research about human behavior and cognitive biases. This book provides the reader with information on understanding how potential clients, partners and employees really think.
- From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through Ten Extraordinary Lives by Jeffrey Garten goes back through history from Genghis Khan and Margaret Thatcher and provides a look at globalization throughout the centuries. Throughout this book, you will discover what creates the forces behind this mechanism.
- The Third Wave by Steve Case (co-founder of AOL) takes a look at where technology is headed in the next age of the Internet. He also makes suggestions on how each of us can survive the next stage of technology.
- The Art of Self-Coaching by Ed Batista is a great resource for personal and professional growth and development. Batista, a Stanford Graduate School of Business instructor, executive coach and insightful blogger provides a host of tools and helpful frameworks to assist you in self-coaching. While not a substitute for one-on-one coaching, you will find that this book provides a lot of helpful information..
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington. This guide assists the reader by providing methods to shorten your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks. More individuals and organizations plan annual goals and a twelve-month execution cycle. This book avoids some of the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. It helps you redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. You will be provided methods on improving execution effectiveness and implementation.
- Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port, reveals why self-promotion is a critical factor to success. This is not an ordinary “how to” manual but is a guide that will help you get more clients and raise your business profile. This guide provides the keys to developing a strong marketing plan and brand image. Social media strategies, pricing models, networking strategies and various tactics for creating instant awareness are discussed.
These are just a few of the many books available to entrepreneurs. Reading a good book is just one of the many ways to boost your business. Enjoy your fall reading!