In a world of business tips, soundbites and 3 minute video blogs, sometimes there’s nothing better than getting immersed in an inspiring business book.
Whether you crave a brand new hard back copy, download one on your Kindle or listen to audio books, a good business book helps you think objectively about your business. Plus pick up tips and tools to grow your business the smart way.
In our sessions, my business coaching clients often mention the books that they are reading that inspire them or have made a real impact on their business thinking and business development. So I asked them to share their personal choice and why they recommend it.
Pregnancy & Parental Rights Consultant at Equality Pays
“The key thing I learn from it is that it is so important to have back-end processes in place. It’s really easy to get caught up with the ‘sales’ side of things, but this book really focuses on customer/client care and how that is what will bring you repeat sales.
Co-Owner and Tutor at Kip McGrath Salisbury
Deborah recommends The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Deborah said: “This book is about the stages that a business goes through as it grows and the systems and processes you need to set up, so that you don’t become overwhelmed with working IN your business rather than ON your business.
“It was recommended to me as I was beginning to be swamped down by all the roles I was doing in the business, and finding I didn’t have time to work on growing my business.
“It is written in an accessible way, by first looking at a typical service business example. He models how this business owner needs to think and act if she is to survive being swamped down by the day to day running of her business. It turns out that as she grows she needs to delegate jobs and processes in a structured way that will release her to continue growing the business. It really resonated with me!
“I think we all go through the stages that Michael Gerber talks about, so it will mean something to every owner of a growing business AND is equally useful for people starting out in business, so they are fore-warned.”
“You have to run your business (with systems and processes) – it can’t run you. If it does, it’ll run you into the ground and your business (and health) may fail.
Owner of Mail Boxes Etc in Canterbury
Warren said: “This book is about lists and organisation. Getting things out of your head and on to paper so it is not stuck in your subconscious.
“The book was was suggested by a friend and it focuses on how getting things out of your head frees space for more ideas to form.
“It also talks about how organisation can be quite calming.”
One of the best business books that has inspired me is How They Started: How 30 good ideas became great businesses, by David Lester.
I love this book because essentially it’s 30 case studies of business owners who started companies such as Bravissimo, Innocent, Dyson and GU.
How They Started demystifies how these entrepreneurs started out, how their idea grew, how they honed their niche and researched the market and navigated obstacles.
It’s fascinating to read about how the seed of an idea can ultimately de developed into a thriving business and an international brand.
What business books have you read? What would you recommend to other business owners? Where have you found your business inspiration?
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