Have you read a great book lately?
For nearly five years, Brian and I facilitated a Business Book Club at the Green Valley Library. Throughout that time, we read nearly 40 books and had many inspired discussions about business and life. We initially started the book club on behalf of a client, but in the end, we gained knowledge, friendships and even clients through the experience.
People often ask me what I am reading or for a book suggestion, so I thought it would be fun to publish the list of books we read through the Business Book Club. Initially, you might think business books are boring, but I promise you that is not the case with several titles on this list. In fact, to make it easy, I have added an “*” next to the books I would recommend.
I hope you enjoy the list and would love to hear about what books have made an impact on your life! In fact, maybe we can discuss over a cup of coffee. Just send me an email!
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“Get Them to Come to You” by Scott Ginsberg
“E-Myth: Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber* (a classic, worth the read)
“Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success” by Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Freiberg*
“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell
“Idea Spotting” by Sam Harrison
“Linchpin” by Seth Godin* (How to be more than just a cog in the work machine)
“Buyology: Truths and Lies About Why We Buy” by Martin Lindstrom and Paco Underhill
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner* (Very interesting read, for business or pleasure)
“Free!” by Chris Anderson*
“Rich Dad’s Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money” by Robert Kiyosaki
“Broken Windows, Broken Business” by Michael Levine
“Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer* (Not a traditional business book, but a great story)
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
“In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That “Breaks All the Rules” by Stacy Perman* (If you love their burgers, you will love them more after reading this)
“Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation and Build Trust” by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
“The Xs and Os of Success: A Playbook for Leaders in Business and in Life” by Lon Kruger and D.J. Allen
“Never Bet the Farm” by Anthony L. Iaquinto and Stephen Spinell, Jr.
“Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior” by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
“Who Do You See in the Mirror? Change irresponsible behavior in the workplace to responsible behavior” by Joseph A. Williams Ph.D
“The Dip” by Seth Godin* (Not sure when to quit or to push through? Read this)
“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink
“Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies” by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff
“Business from the Heart” by Craig Galati
“Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald’s” by Ray Kroc* (another great case study)
“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell*
“SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
“Moneyball” by Michael Lewis
“The Google Story” , by David A. Vise and Mark Malseen
“The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss
“Great by Choice” by Jim Collins* (I’m a big fan of the entire series of these books)
“The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel” by Brendon Burchard
“Your Company Sucks: It’s Time to Declare War on Yourself” by Mark Stevens
“A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
“The Prosperity Track,” James R. Peters, CFA, CFP
“The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles
“Made to Stick” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
“First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently,” by Marcus Buckingham and Curtis Coffman
“How the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins*
“Built to Sell: Creating a Business that Can Thrive Without You” by John Warrillow