Read more. Discuss more. Grow more.
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to read more, let us help.
Last year we started a new tradition here in the office: book clubs.
1-3 people get together and choose a book to read and discuss over the next month. The book can be about the industry, business, personal growth, case studies, or not work related at all. The goal is to do more inter-office mentoring and growing, and book clubs are a great way to get started.
With a new year, we have switched up the book clubs so each person is reading with a new group. See what we are reading this month:
1. Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big
Author – Bo Burlingham
It’s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives. In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer.
2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
Author – Jim Collins
“Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?” Making the transition from good to great doesn’t require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. Collins and his researchers started with 1,435 good companies, examined their performance over 40 years, and found the 11 companies that became great. Now here’s how you can do it too. Lessons on eggs, flywheels, hedgehogs, buses, and other essentials of business that can help you transform your company.
3. Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know
Author – Geoffrey James
Contrary to popular belief, the business world is not that complicated. While every industry and every profession requires specific expertise, the truth is that the “business of business” is relatively simple. For the past seven years, Geoffrey James has written a daily blog that’s become one of the most popular business-focused destinations on the web. In Business Without the Bullsh*t, readers will learn surprising but tried-and-true secrets about being an extraordinary boss, about coping with annoying coworkers, and navigating the thorny problems that recur in every workplace.
4. Anything You Want
Author – Derek Sivers
Best known for creating CD Baby, the most popular music site for independent artists, founder Derek Sivers chronicles his “accidental” success and failures into this concise and inspiring book on how to create a multi-million dollar company by following your passion. In Anything You Want, Sivers details his journey and the lessons learned along the way of creating CD Baby and building a business close to his heart. His less-scripted approach to business is refreshing and will educate readers to feel empowered to follow their own dreams. Aspiring entrepreneurs and others trying to make their own way will be particularly comforted by Sivers straight talk and transparency -a reminder that anything you want is within your reach
5. Outliers: The Story of Success
Author – Malcolm Gladwell
There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential. In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.
Looking for more recommended reads? Check out this list of The Best Business Books of 2015
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