Ten Books Every Business Professional Should Read
These ten books are not merely informative or inspirational; they deal with very specific aspects of developing yourself as a professional so you can have your best career or business venture. Each touches on some area that represents part of the overall foundation inproving mindset; upgrading skills or advancing your ability to cultivate professional relationships.
Book #1: What Got You Here Won't Get You There
The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle -- and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small "transactional flaws" performed by one person against another, which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back.
Book #2: The Top 2%- Nightingale Conant
After 50 years of teaching success, Nightingale Learning Systems has gathered together the common bonds and shared values of those individuals who occupy the rarest positions in their industries-the top 2 percent. With The Top 2 Percent, our intention is to provide the latest research on what it takes to reach the top in the 21st Century-the road map for the next generation of achievers–starting with you.
Book #3: Start With Why- Simon Sinek
Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does.
Book #4: SPIN Selling- Neil Rackham
Unquestionably the best-documented account of sales success ever collected and the result of the Huthwaite Corporation’s massive 12-year, $1-million dollar research into effective sales performance, this groundbreaking resource details the revolutionary SPIN (Situation, Problem, Implication, Need-payoff) strategy.
Book #5: The Answer- John Assaraf & Murray Smith
Assaraf and Smith know how to minimize risk and maximize success, and The Answer provides a framework for sharing their wisdom, experience, and skills with the millions of people who want to accomplish their own dreams in life. Using cutting-edge research into brain science and quantum physics, they show how readers can actually rewire their brains for success and create the kind of extraordinary lives they want.
Book #6: Authentic Leadership- Bill George
In Authentic Leadership Bill George makes the case that we do need new leaders, not just new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He persuasively demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies.
Book #7: Convince Them in 90 Seconds or Less- Nicholas Boothman
The original How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less received praise such as: "Nick Boothman's brilliant stroke is to guarantee that within the first 90 seconds of meeting someone you'll be communicating like old trusted friends. But he doesn’t stop there. This book shows how to turn those instant connections into long-lasting, productive business relationships."
Book #8: The E-Myth- Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.
Book #9: The Founding Fathers on Leadership- Donald Phillips
Extracts valuable lessons on business leadership from the story of the Founding Fathers' struggle to create a new nation. Shows how figures such as Thomas Paine, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin faced challenges and dissension in their own ranks with a vision from which they would not stray.
Book #10: Getting Things Done- David Allen
In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.
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