The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything
Stephen M. R. Covey$28.00 $26.04
A great read for both employees and managers. It complements both Radical Candor by Kim Scott and Principles by Ray Dalio
Level Up: Rise Above the Hidden Forces Holding Your Business Back
Heather Cabot, Lara Hodgson, et al.$26.00 $24.18
I think this book should be required reading for anyone about to start or purchase a business. Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Lara Hodgson, who have been business partners for 15 years, share their own small business experiences in a way that I think exemplifies the known and unknown obstacles that many business owners encounter. I agree with many of their insights and their observations about how the system can be rigged against small businesses.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Greg McKeown$27.00 $25.11
If you only read one book on the list, this is the essential one!
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth about Extraordinary Results
Jay Papasan and Gary Keller$26.99 $25.10
This one works great with Essentialism to help you define your focus.
How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices
Annie Duke$18.00 $16.74
One of my favorite quotes from this book: "The only thing you have control over that can influence the way your life turns out is the quality of your decisions."
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
Brené Brown$28.00 $26.04
This echoes a lot of what I like from Kris Plachy and Brooke Castillo's work.
All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan
Amelia Warren Tyagi and Elizabeth Warren$18.00 $16.74
Before you work on business finances, you need to get your personal ones in order.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear$27.00 $25.11
Great for anything you are trying to change in either your personal life or your business.
Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your Creative Potential
Tiago Forte$28.00 $26.04
A worthy successor to Getting Things Done. Go beyond productivity into creating your own knowledge vault. Recommended for both productivity geeks and also writers, project managers, and anyone needing to synthesize a lot of information inputs.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Revised)
David Allen$18.00 $16.74
The productivity bible. This system in conjunction with Trello makes me feel uber-organized.
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine
Mike Michalowicz$27.00 $25.11
All businesses should operate with this mindset. The system is great, too, and I've been using it for the past few years.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (Revised, Updated)
Kim Scott$29.99 $27.89
This is a great book, but I think of it as management 301. Before you can effectively implement the advice in this book, you need to first master self-care (101) and creating written procedures and expectations for your employees (201).
The 3-Minute Rule: Say Less to Get More from Any Pitch or Presentation
This book shows you how to best convey your love and passion for your product/offering to someone else using real facts and info, not gimmicks.
Building a Storybrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
Donald Miller$24.99 $23.24
Today's marketing primer every business owner needs on how to clarify your message and get it through the noise and overwhelm.
Feel the Fear... and Do It Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger Into Power, Action, and Love
Susan Jeffers$19.99 $18.59
Entrepreneurship is scary and with so much going on in your life and business it can be really easy to delude that you're not doing something just because you're superbusy, not because you're afraid. This is an excellent book for helping to shine a light on your known and subconscious fears and confront them head on.