If you’re an entrepreneur, reading is a must! It keeps the brain engaged and learning. I’m not a huge fan of fiction, only because I feel the need to spend my time learning and don’t see myself learning much from fiction. (Note that I didn’t say I NEVER learn by reading fiction; however, I know myself and my learning patterns, so I choose to read mostly non-fiction, along with some business fiction.
This first book I will recommend is “The Travelers Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success”. This book by Andy Andrews has had such a profound effect on my life that I read it once a year. I even have several copies, which I keep on hand to give away to others. I always feel refreshed and renewed after reading this book, and walk away every year with a new determination to be a better person and a better businesswoman.
“Forty-six-year-old David Ponder feels like a total failure. Once a high-flying executive in a Fortune 500 company, he now works a part-time, minimum-wage job and struggles to support his family. Then, an even greater crisis hits: his daughter becomes ill, and he can’t afford to get her the medical help she needs. When his car skids on an icy road, he wonders if he even cares to survive the crash.
“But an extraordinary experience awaits David Ponder. He finds himself traveling back in time, meeting leaders and heroes at crucial moments in their lives – From Abraham Lincoln to Anne Frank. By the time his journey is over, he has received seven secrets for success – and a second chance. The Travelers Gift offers a modern day parable of one man’s choices – and the attitudes that make the difference between failure and success.”
The lessons in this fictional self-help book are so helpful that I can recommend it highly!
My second choice is “12 Week Year”. I’ve listened to it twice, and now I’m going through it again – but this time I’m reading the physical book and completing the workbook. I plan to take my team through this book and lay out our quarterly goals based on the principles it describes. I can see an entire mind shift happening as I absorb more and more of this book and learn to apply its concepts. If you’re looking to move your team to the next level, you should definitely check this one out.
The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks.
Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end, more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.
If you’re not a reader, you can find copies of these books on Audible.com and listen to them while you commute to and from work. I promise that you’ll enjoy these volumes – and that they’ll add value to your business life, too.
Leave me a comment and let me know about 2 books that I should read!