Running a business becomes easier when you learn from the professionals. Here are four books you should read to enhance your company’s growth in the new year.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill, noted author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, interviewed over 500 successful men to learn more about financial management. Hill’s steps for attracting and retaining wealth involve focusing on the exact amount of money a person desires, setting a date by which they’ll earn the money, determining what they need to give up in exchange for that money and what steps they’ll take to attain their goal. Hill advises writing out the plan, reading it twice daily so it settles into the subconscious, and making sure each step is clearly executed so the goal is reached.
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
Michael Gerber, an entrepreneur, business coach and internationally known author, discusses the entrepreneurial myth of most businesses being started by people with strong business skills. In reality, most companies are founded by experts who excel in their field but have no knowledge of running a business. As a result, most startups fail. Gerber gives insight into changing all that.
5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni, an entrepreneur, public speaker and international author, discusses five major topics that commonly hold back teams from being successful. He talks about the importance of being vulnerable when fostering trust among teammates, embracing conflict as a means of increasing productivity, and the importance of retaining clarity of a company’s future as a means of gaining buy-in from staff. Lencioni also explains the necessity of team members holding each other accountable for their actions and paying close attention to reaching company goals along with personal goals so the business continues growing.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie, a former salesman who made his territory the national leader for his employer, shares his insight into connecting with people and encouraging them to take action. For example, he points out how people are emotional creatures motivated more by positive words than criticism, and why it’s important people see things from others’ perspectives so they may more effectively sway people to another way of thinking. Carnegie also points out that because everyone wants to feel important, we need to show our appreciation for others so they know we value them. In addition, he shows the need for giving others what they want, not what you want, if you want to influence them. When you know what motivates someone to do something, you can use that information to convince them to take action according to what you’d like them to do.