I'm a reader. I'm still one of those people who likes to pick up a physical book and write in it. I can't get into the digital aspect of books. Even audiobooks are a struggle for me, but I'm happy there are so many options for people these days to engage in the wonderful world of reading. I strongly believe in taking time to read each and every day, along with journaling. When you read, take notes and journal, then look back and use what you've learned, you can make massive changes!
So here are some of the books I've read based on what other successful business owners, corporate executives and entrepreneurs have read in the past:
1. Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter
I love this book because of its simple and effective approach to getting its message across. Change is something that is constantly needed in any business and organization. The powerful framework explained is very effective in helping teams adapt to new circumstances (and something I use to teach on in my coaching!). The book does a great job in explaining different behaviors within a team during the change by identifying all the different aspects and it educates the reader on how to manage them effectively, including how to create a sense and need for urgency in order to get things done.
2. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
This book was a game-changer for me. The author reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life. He teaches us to learn what our Zone of Genius is and to only operate in that arena - where we will find our greatest success.
3. Getting Everything You Can Out of Everything You've Got by Jay Abraham
I was introduced to this man through my business coach and he is known as a trusted advisor to America's top corporations and recognized as one of today's preeminent marketing experts. He presents CLEAR examples from his own experience on how easy it can be to find or create new opportunities for wealth-building in any existing business or organization.
4. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
More than anything else in our lives, our habits determine our level of success. Meditation, working out, sleep routines, etc are keys to success. The master skill of life is not a specific habit. It's the power to create new habits. Success is largely a matter of creating habits of success and the author shows us how achieve this habit mindset.
5. Trillion Dollar Coach by Bill Campbell
So do you think a guy who helped build Google, Apple and Intuit (where he was CEO) might have some wisdom to impart to today’s chief executives? This author is well-known for his ability to promote personal growth even in leaders who were at the top of their career games. I've LOVED reading this book (my most recent reads!) as he provides a blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers that helps them create higher performing and faster moving cultures, teams, and companies (my kinda guy!).
Be sure to add these titles to your personal library as invaluable resources to inform your professional—and perhaps personal—choices moving forward. You won't have regret!