What is your favorite business book?
It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.
Great question Gavin. It's hard to pick only one favorite, as also the many interesting previous answers show.
My top choices by main topic would be:
Personal development, as it is key to successful business (and life) development:
The 7 habits of highly effective people - by Steven R. Covey
The Leader Who Had No Title - by Robin Sharma
Start with Why - by Simon Sinek
Think and Grow Rich - by Napoleon Hill
Focus - and - Emotional Intelligence - both by Daniel Goleman
Inspiration and lifestyle business manifesto:
The 4 Hour Work Week - by Tim Ferriss
Blueprint/step-by-step guide on how to launch your startup:
The Startup Owners Manual - by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf
Launch - by Jeff Walker
Tailored for service businesses: Book Yourself Solid - by Michael Port
Improving and speeding up product-market fit:
The Lean Startup - by Eric Ries
Finding the adequate business model:
Business Model Generation - by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Building a great company that lasts:
From Good to Great - by Jim Collins
The 5th discipline - by Peter Senge
Inspiration&Mastering different crafts essential to successfully doing business:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - by Robert Kyosaki (also the Cashflow Quadrant and Before you Quit Your Job)
Influence - by Robert B. Cialdini
Never eat alone - by Keith Ferrazzi
The E-Myth revisited - by Michael E. Gerber
Rework - by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Founders at Work - by Jessica Livingston
Wish you a great time reading and getting inspired.
With all due respect, Oliver, if the question is "What is your favorite" please pick ONE. It's hard, but, that's the whole point of the exercise, to force you to think critically about the decision!
Napoleon Hill's Think and grow Rich and Bob Proctor's "You were born Rich". The best books ever written on personal development. My success is because of their teachings.
My fav is the EMyth by Michael Gerber. A classic for sure. I've had the pleasure of working with Michael and his understanding of the Entrepreneur's mind space is brilliant. Knowing that 3 people inhabit the mind of the entrepreneur - the technician, the manager and the entrepreneur is an eye opener. His idea is that you can't proceed to the entrepreneur without going through the phases of being the technician and manager and replacing yourself in the company allows a business person to become a true entrepreneur faster by having other people do the work.
I'm hoping someone might say the same of my new book on Amazon "How to Start a Successful Business- the First Time"
I love the EMyth and agree it's an eye opener. I think every small business owner should have this on their Must Read list. Will check out your new book too. Congrats!
The entire Robert Kiyosaki series, however the most impactful from a business and entrepreneurial perspective is "Before you quit your job". A must read for every entrepreneur
Hello, excellent question. Mine is Sun tsu - Art of war. I believe it is the best and inspirationnal book i will ever read, regards
My favorite is Creative, Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business. (Yes, it is different than Creativity, Inc, listed below). Though obviously most helpful for freelancers, it contains valuable advice for all start-up types.
ROCK SOLID - How to Strengthen Your Company
It might sound self serving because I wrote it, but the reality is that as a small business-person I couldn't find the book I was looking for. This is with respect to how to design, build and manage a profitable company.
After I sold my company I went into business coaching. Ten years later on I found the time to write the book. There is an understanding of what it takes to build a company from 0 to 25 employees and maintain profitability.
Basically it includes decades of real-world experience. (With my own companies and also the companies of hundreds of clients.)
It is written as an easy-to-read fable as opposed to a textbook.
I have several:
Good to Great
Raising the Bar - the Clif Bar Story
Let My People Go Surfing (Patagonia story)
and my favorite of all time: Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
If you read only these you would understand techniques to run your business, methods for building a brand and a culture, and finally how to progress as a truly effective leader.
I've read most of these with a monthly club of business owners. I suggest finding a similar group to read and discuss these books.