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5 Favorite Business Books – A Review

I believe in staying current with what’s new in your industry and keeping up-to-date on how to do business more effectively. Yes, I spend a lot of time reading and that is why I want to share five of my favorite business-building books. I’ve found these books enjoyable to read and they’ve given me valuable information and ideas that I’ve used in my own business.

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1. Shark Tales – Barbara Corcoran
The subtitle caught my attention – How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business. If you are looking for a good believable success story filled with business-building tips, then you’ll want to make time to read Shark Tales. I thoroughly enjoyed every page!
Barbara’s book is a story of growing up in a big family and how she learned to stand out from the crowd – lessons that she readily applied to the business world.

2. Book Yourself Solid – Michael Port
I realize that developing a moneymaking marketing strategy can be a difficult task. I am extremely impressed with just how step-by-step and detailed Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port is at helping us define the mission of our business, finding the ideal customer/client and then helping us determine the most profitable strategies for marketing to our clients.

3. The Power of Why – C. Richard Weylman
What sets your business apart from everyone else in your industry? Is it your customer service? Is it your unique product? Is it your marketing approach? In his book The Power of Why author C. Richard Weylman shows you how to break out from a competitive marketplace and stand above the crowd.

4. What Keeps Leaders Up At Night – Nicole Lipkin
It is often the day-to-day aspects of leadership that can keep leaders up at night – the little things that weigh on your mind. The title is an excellent explanation of the book: What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues. The author, Nicole Lipkin, looks at leadership from both a practical and psychological point of view. She writes her book from a “real-world” point of view based on her experiences as a psychologist and executive coach.

5. FISH! – Stephen C. Lundin
A quick read parable about how an insightful manager took an emotionally toxic work environment and turned it into an award winning team of motivated employees. Fish! is a small book about leadership, motivation and team building – all vital elements to a healthy happy work environment.

Here’s a business-building challenge: How about picking out one new business book per month and reading it with your team or beginning a Facebook Book Club with your entrepreneurial friends?
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  • Marilyn Sarno September 15, 2013, 11:09 am


    Thanks for this business book list. They are all new titles for me except
    FISH. A colleague lent me the book and I haven’t read it yet. This one
    will be my next month read. Shark Tales sounds great! Who wouldn’t
    want to turn $1000. into a Billion Dollar Business!


    • sharonmichaels September 15, 2013, 12:12 pm

      You’re going to totally enjoy all these books.
      Of all of them, Shark Tales is one of my all time favorites.

  • Deborah September 22, 2013, 7:24 pm

    I’ve read Book Yourself Solid but not the others. I’m currently reading Do It! Marketing by David Newman.

    • sharonmichaels September 23, 2013, 5:00 am

      Thank you for the suggestion of Do It! Marketing – it is next on my list to read.

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