I'm often asked for book recommendations. Ever since I took on the task of reading 50 books in a year in an effort to break out of a slump. It worked. Sales skyrocketed. Now, I don't think you need to read 50 in a year, but 10-12 will keep your business moving in the right direction. Fifteen minutes per day and an hour or two on the weekends should be enough for you read 10 books per year, even if you are a slow reader like me. In fifteen minutes you can read at least 5 pages. In an hour, 20 pages. So with 15 minutes per day and an extra hour or two on the weekends, that's 60-80 pages per week. Most self-help, leadership, coaching, or business books are 200-300 pages. So there is no reason you couldn't read 10 books per year.
The real key to growth is sharing what you're reading. If you read them, you will have a lot to share. This will impact everyone in your organization. Readers are leaders, and vice-versa.
So, here are my 12 favorite (in no specific order). I'd love to hear about yours.
Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements by Robbin Phillips
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers by Stan Slap
You Already Know How to Be Great: A Simple Way to Remove Interference and Unlock Your Greatest Potential by Alan Fine
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Go-Givers Sell More: by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
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