Running a business is no small task. There are many unknown factors that can impact you and your business at any time. Take lockdown for instance, yet another storm to weather. Luckily, we have compiled a list of books to help your small business succeed. Here are the director's picks for Business Principles, Resilience, Mind-set and Communication.
1. 'The E-Myth Revisited' – Book by Michael E Gerber.
The E-myth is that entrepreneurship will be simple for those who are good at what they do. Then why do so many small business owners struggle with building their business? If your business is one that provides you with the lifestyle you desire, then you may be familiar with Gerber's principals. However, if your life is one of not enough hours in the day, or not enough financial freedom then perhaps Gerber's work is the most important book that you could read.
2. 'Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies' – Book by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
Collins and Porras outline the results of their six-year research project, exploring the characteristics of companies that can weather the storm. The lessons of the Visionary Companies can be implemented at all levels of the business. This book of resilience might be exactly what you need to develop both a resilient mind set and durable business model that can outlast any business challenges and set backs.
3. 'The Slight Edge' – Book by Jeff Olson.
Jeff Olson talks of a practical psychology in his book, outlining three main principles: that our actions are easy to do, easy not to do; that small meaningful decisions compounded are more important than large life changing decisions, and that it is never too late to start. Undoubtably one of the finest self help books in the market. With clear instructions, and clear principles the process this book will take you through can transform your mindset and demonstrate ways of thinking that can change your business.
4. 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' – Book by Dale Carnegie.
Taking the 19th spot in Time Magazine's top 100 most influential books in 2011, Dale Carnegie promotes good communication, kindness and the social skills to foster healthy and productive working relationships. Full of insight, it contains easy-to-understand advice for building and improving positive and successful relationships with people in all areas of your life.
5. 'The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People' – Book by Stephen R. Covey.
Perhaps the most topical of this list, 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' will help you to understand and navigate change, control the controllable and accept the uncontrollable. With powerful life and work lessons, Covey encourages a thorough self-evaluation which can transform your attitude with principles that you can transfer to your business to help you and your clients to succeed.