No matter what type of startup you’re dreaming about, small business you own or company you manage, somebody else has been there/done that before you—at least part of it! The easiest and most cost effective way to learn is from the failures and successes of others. Slip into their shoes!
Carving out time to consume a chapter each day can dramatically improve every aspect of your business. Need a little inspiration? Here are the best business books releasing in springs 2016 and what they can teach you:
1. 31 Days to Radically Reduce Your Expenses: Less Stress. More Savings (Kalyn Brooke)
Brooke explores the allegedly “necessary” expenses most of us have and the myth that it’s nearly impossible to effectively save (let alone get out of debt!) when there’s no fat left to trim. However, what if there were insider tips and hacks to spend less and save more right under our noses?
From reducing mortgages to never paying the full price for gas at the pump, she shares her years of experience living both well and frugally—and how we can follow suit. Even Brooke’s choice of title is a marketing strategy, she is marketing to help the reader reduce their expenses, feel less stress, and save more all on a specific timeline—if you might have financial struggles or want to get ahead, the title addresses the need to save money—who knows, the book’s end result could give you a sense of accomplishment.
2. 100 Ways to Make $100k with Your English Degree (Jessica Mehta)
English and writing majors are notoriously either told they’ll never make money with their degree or asked when they’ll start teaching. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not (or simply want to be!), Mehta shows you 100 strategies for making a lucrative living as a writer. (For those who aren’t writers, in the Digital Era writing is the go-to form of communication we all need to be better at!).
Topics include the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) in web writing, negotiating within the most lucrative industries and with the highest paying clients, and exactly how to optimize your earnings. Exceptional reviews were received, one in particular by the co-founder of Hostt, marketing director of Bitfinitum, and contributor at The Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur Magazine, Drew Hendricks, shared “Having an English degree is frequently frowned upon but, now with the digital age in full swing, they’re more profitable than ever.
This book tells you EXACTLY what you need, and don’t need, to begin a profitable writing career right out of the gate (from the commencement ceremony!). Jessica's unveiled the 'secrets' that should be taught in every English department around the country.”
3. The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues (Patrick M. Lencioni)
Lencioni is back with a follow-up to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team with an updated approach to building teamwork within your company. Here, you’ll find practical and actionable advice to pinpoint and onboard candidates who are genuinely interested in working as a unit.
Anyone looking to create the dream team needs this tool to avoid costly hiring mistakes. If you’re looking to get more involved in the workplace as a team player, pick up a copy of Lencioni’s influential book that empowers leaders to make great people decisions. Lenchioni himself shared that this book focuses on the individual team member and the virtues that make him or her more likely to overcome the dysfunctions that derail teams and that by acknowledging others strengths and weaknesses a team can develop greater levels of trust, which make conflict, commitment, accountability that much more likely. In an age where “teamwork” often has virtual elements, narrowing down who the best team players are has become tougher than ever, but Lencioni has your back.
4. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Joshua Becker)
A lot of us own too much, surrounding ourselves with clutter (both professionally and personally). Accumulating “stuff” is exactly what Becker used to excel at, until he realized this obsession was a distraction that bred envy instead of joy. Becker helps you recognize the life-giving benefits of owing less, how the stuff you own can be holding you back from pursing your dreams, how to approach getting rid of clutter, and to experience the joy of generosity. The approach can be hard, but once the clutter is clear your life is clearer and the weight and burden will be lifted. Prioritizing generosity, simplicity and frugality is a lifestyle change that can dramatically improve your home, your business, and your life overall.
5. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking (Chris Anderson)
Forget Toastmaters (not really, it’s a great organization!). Still, TED Talks are by far one of the most prevalent of platforms embraced by everyone from entrepreneurs to small business owners and professionals looking to achieve more professionally. If you’ve ever wondered what the secret was to giving a great TED Talk, it’s revealed in this much anticipated first edition from Anderson. Rhetoric is more than a skill; it’s a full-fledged art.
Take a step in the right direction and learn from successful entrepreneurs who present ideas that are particularly valuable to fellow entrepreneurs and you should come out of these inspirational speeches with the want to rethink and reshape your vision of business. Some of the most compelling TED Talks to date focus on business strategy and include advice from leaders around the world who share how to become a more effective leader, how to motivate yourself and your employees, and how to launch a successful business.
These are just five of the summer’s hottest business book to help you grow your company, take positive steps as an entrepreneur, and enjoy the right kinds of changes as we move towards the year’s third quarter. Calendar in reading time every business day if necessary and let experts who have blazed the desire trails for you demonstrate concrete steps for getting to the next level.
hese are just five of the summer’s hottest business book to help you grow your company, take positive steps as an entrepreneur, and enjoy the right kinds of changes as we move towards the year’s third quarter. Calendar in reading time every business day if necessary and let experts who have blazed the desire trails for you demonstrate concrete steps for getting to the next level.
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