There is no better time than the holidays to relax and enjoy a good book. Here is a list of five books that will inspire any entrepreneur to look at business—and life—with fresh perspective.
Scaling Up – Contrary to popular belief, getting bigger does not necessarily make things easier. This book shows you how to keep growing after you’ve reached $10 million in revenue.
It focuses on four impact areas: how to scale up people, strategy, execution, and cash. While you could read it in one sitting, you will probably get more value out of it if you buy several copies for your team to use as a framework for strategic discussions.
Growth is complex, but with the right strategic plan and execution checklists, the sky is the limit.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – This book was a gift from a client and I’m so grateful.
It explains the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and why our mindset shapes our beliefs about accomplishing goals.
At a time when experts are urging leaders to allow failure because it can lead to innovation—although their performance evaluation system almost always has zero tolerance for it—this book is a must-read to understand how to learn from setbacks and realize your full potential.
The One Thing – I had this book in my library for a while, but it was only after a serial entrepreneur spoke to me about it that I actually read it. I wish I had done it earlier.
When you’re an entrepreneur, there is so much to do that it can quickly become overwhelming. The secret to accomplishing extraordinary results is therefore to ask yourself this simple question: What is the ONE thing you can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?
The Essential Harada Method – You’ve probably never heard of this book before. Neither had I until my friend and LinkedIn genius Mathieu Laferrière told me about this 64-task chart that he accurately described as a giant Sudoku.
The beauty of this method is that it helps you visualize on one page the impact areas and tasks you need to accomplish to achieve your goals. From there, it becomes much easier to find your focus and say “no” to activities that are not directly linked to achieving your goal. Please note that you’ll need an Amazon.com (vs. .ca) account to get the Kindle version. The hard copy is a bit overpriced.
How Will You Measure Your Life? – Having your own business is good. Making money is great. But how do you make sure that you focus on what matters?
In this book, Clayton M. Christensen, possibly the most influential thought leader on the topic of innovation, shares personal anecdotes and the wisdom he’s gained over the years about what drives success in business and outside the workplace.
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