Looking for your next book to read? Read to improve your business. Check out our collection of books especially helpful to small businesses.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to do about it

By Michael Gerber


Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By Stephen R. Covey


Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

By Chris McChesney


A simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

By Patrick Lencioni


Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results).

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

By Martin E.P. Seligman


Learned Optimism is the idea in positive psychology that a talent for joy, like any other, can be cultivated.

The Six SIGMA Handbook: A Complete Guide for Greenbelts, Blackbelts and Managers at All Levels

By Thomas Pyzdek


You'll get a complete overview of the management and organization of Six Sigma and the philosophy that underlies it. You'll see how best to prepare management for the idea of using proven scientific methods to run a business and how to build the groundwork for their roles.

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage

By Brene Brown


We associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.

Situational Leadership

By Kenneth H. Blanchard


Situational leadership refers to when the leader or manager of an organization must adjust his style to fit the development level of the followers he is trying to influence.

The 4-Hour Workweek

By Timothy Ferriss


Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times.

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

By Sheryl Sandberg


Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women.

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

By Gabriel Weinberg


Traction will teach you the nineteen channels you can use to build a customer base, and how to pick the right ones for your business.

The War for Talent

By Edward G. Michaels III


This book argues that winning the war for leadership talent is about much more than frenzied recruiting tactics. It's about the timeless principles of attracting, developing, and retaining highly talented managers - applied in bold new ways.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and others don’t

By James C. Collins


The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything

By Stephen Covey


Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees and constituents—is the essential ingredient for any high–performance, successful organization.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and team with Positive Energy

By Jon Gordon, Kenneth Blanchard


The book takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home.

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

By Timothy Gallwey


This book shares a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning.

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changes, and Challengers

By Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur


A handbook striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises.

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

By Don Tapscott


This book reveals how the digital world created a generation that thought, played, and related to their world in a way radically different from that of their parents.

The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy and the World

By Jeremy Rifkin


Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful "Third Industrial Revolution."

What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

By Rachel Botsman & Roo Rogers


Collaborative Consumption is a timely new coinage for the technology-based peer communities that are transforming the traditional landscape of business, consumerism, and the way we live.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By Malcolm Gladwell


Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That will Change the Way You Do Business

By Clayton Christensen


Focusing on "disruptive technology" of the Honda Supercub, Intel's 8088 processor, and the hydraulic excavator, Christensen shows why most companies miss "the next great wave."

The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It works, How to Do It

Scott D. Anthony


Anthony draws on stories from his research and field work with companies like Procter & Gamble to demystify innovation.

The Start-up Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

By Steve Blank


The Startup Owner's Manual guides you, step-by-step, as you put the Customer Development process to work.

Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

By Eric Ries


Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, this book relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want.

The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business

By Rita Gunther McGrath


McGrath argues that it’s time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning.

Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

By Dan Roam


Drawing on twenty years of experience and the latest discoveries in vision science, Roam teaches readers how to clarify any problem or sell any idea using a simple set of tools.

Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work

By Dan Roam


Roam proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Garr Reynolds


Reynolds shows readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations.


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