Recommendery: Feed your Brain & Grow Your Profits II
More brain food for you – books to help you expand how you think about your business, your customers, and how to get where you want to go!
Here is a list of some of the books that I plan to read, or re-read, in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Pick up one of them to push your thinking. It just may be the thing that leads to your next great idea!
FYI – These are all links to these books on Amazon.com, to make it easy for you to order them as an actual book, an ebook or an audible download (I listen when I walk the dog, do chores, or gasp… exercise!). If you order any of them from the links below, NNEP does earn a small commission.
I would love to know what you think about or get from any of these books! Leave a comment below, or email me, or give me a call and we can chat about it, and brainstorm some ways to apply the ideas from these books in your business over the coming year.
What are you reading? I would love to check it out – let me know –
The books are not listed in any particular order – they are just all on my radar for 2019:
The Six Month Fix – by Gary Sutton
One of the business world's most sought-after “trauma specialists,” Gary Sutton has salvaged nearly a dozen failing businesses, including everything from printing, garbage hauling, and burglar alarm companies to aerospace, satellite communications, and software firms. In The Six-Month Fix, Sutton takes readers behind the PR curtain to give them an intimate look at the situations he faced coming into several sick companies and how he fixed what ailed them. Writing in his trademark frank, funny, no-holds-barred style, he shares his war stories and the lessons he learned about what it takes to save a faltering business. Not for the faint of heart, The Six-Month Fix offers honest, straight-from-the-hip advice for managers in training for the business fight of their lives.
Mastering Rockefeller Habits – by Verne Harnish
What are the underlying handful of fundamentals that haven't changed for over a hundred years? From Harnish's famous One-Page Strategic Plan to his concise outline of eight practical actions you can take to strengthen your culture, this book is a compilation of best practices adapted from some of the best-run firms on the planet. Included is an instructive chapter co-authored by Rich Russakoff, revealing winning tactics to get banks to finance your business.
The Paradox of Choice – by Barry Schwartz
Whether we're buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions—both big and small—have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.
11 Rings – by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
The 12 Week Year – by Brian P. Moran
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.