reading list

Relationship, Gay, Coaching, Small Business, Entrepreneur, ConsultingThese are just some of the most influential books I’ve come across that have been instrumental in the development of my life and my businesses.  All are highly recommended.

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
In this bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
A must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and their positive thinking. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. NAPOLEON HILLS’ “Think and Grow Rich” is the authors most famous work. A true masterpiece with the fundamentals of the Success philosophy. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want.
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.”
Up Your Business!: 7 Steps to Fix, Build, or Stretch Your Organizationby Dave Anderson and John C. Maxwell  Up Your Business!, Second Edition is a no-holds-barred manifesto on making your organization perform at the highest possible level. Straightforward, honest, and in your face, it doesn’t offer empty buzzwords or mysterious acronyms or questionable cure-alls. It outlines seven no-nonsense steps you can take to fix, build, or stretch your business. This revised edition is better than ever, featuring updated strategies at the end of each chapter. In addition, a new final chapter called “Closing the Gap Between Knowing and Doing” equips you with the tools and inspiration to successfully implement the book’s strategies.Up Your Business!, Second Edition proves it takes quality leaders to build quality companies. If your business is struggling, look in the mirror first, then get to work with the seven vital steps contained in this book./td>
Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish
What are the underlying handful of fundamentals that haven’t changed for over a hundred years? From Harnish’s famous “Mastering a One Page Strategic Plan” process that has been a best-selling article on the web to his concise outline of eight practical actions you can take to strengthen your culture, this book is a compilation of best practices adapted from some of the best-run firms on the planet. Included is an instructive chapter co-authored by Rich Russakoff, revealing winning tactics to get banks to finance your business. Lastly, there are case studies demonstrating the validity of Harnish’s practical approaches.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Ecker Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!  Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments? The shocking answer is: None of the above! In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!” Eker does this by identifying your “money and success blueprint.” We all have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.
The Greatest Secret in the World by Og Mandino An easy-to-use practical manual to kick-start yourself towards achievement and life improvement. The wisdom is presented in the form of “scrolls,” each of which one reads 3X a day for a month or so while recording your progress in the “success recorder” a little daily diary. My life certainly improved during the course of this program but I also used other methods at the same time. This one seemed to come to my aid whenever I felt like faltering. Highly recommended, especially for those who need to “do” something besides just reading motivational literature.
The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell   True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.
God Calling  by A.J. Russell  What if you could have a conversation with Jesus Himself? What would He say to you? That’s the concept of the classic devotional God Calling, which has encouraged, challenged, and informed millions of readers around the world. Its daily entries continue to speak to readers today as it first did almost seventy years ago.  The classic devotional God Calling has encouraged, challenged, and informed millions of readers around the world, with daily entries that speak to readers today as they first did almost 70 years ago.
Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best Peopleby Bradford D. Smart Great companies don’t just depend on strategies—they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that’s easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a mis-hire: The wrong person winds up in the wrong job. But companies that have followed Bradford Smart’s advice in Topgrading have boosted their successful hiring rate to 90 percent or better, giving them an unbeatable competitive advantage. The author spells out his practical approach to finding and managing A-level talent—as well as coaching B players to turn them into A players. He provides intriguing case studies drawn from more than four thousand in-depth interviews.  As Smart writes in his introduction, “All organizations, all businesses live or die mostly on their talent, and any manager who fails to topgrade is nuts, or a C player. . . . Those who, way deep down, would sooner see an organization die than nudge an incompetent person out of a job should not read this book… Topgrading is for A players and all those aspiring to be A players.”
Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life From the Core by Bruce. D. Schneider  In Energy Leadership, renowned coach Bruce D. Schneider teaches how to understand the most important personal resource of all — energy, and shows how to harness it to achieve success in the workplace, the home, and in the world at large.This engaging and fast-paced story clearly explains how managers and leaders from all walks of life can use the principles of Energy Leadership to inspire themselves and others to achieve extraordinary results in whatever they do. The author provides insight into a cutting edge coaching process he has developed, which has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people in both the corporate and private sectors.You will learn how to: (1) Recognize the seven distinct levels that are the key to understanding why everyone thinks and acts the way they do, in life and specifically within the workplace; (2) Distinguish truly effective leaders from those who deplete the energy of the people around them, and specific techniques to shift energy levels to inspire peak performance; (3) Become powerful leaders who motivate themselves and others to reach their true potential; (4) Identify the Big Four Energy Blocks and discover proven techniques and strategies for overcoming these and other obstacles to success; and (5) Develop the ability to shift internal energy to meet any leadership challenge, and use this newfound power to inspire respect, confidence, and loyalty in others.  If you always try to inspire others but sometimes feel like something?s missing, something is. Energy Leadership puts you in touch with the missing link between your ambitions and your ability to achieve them.
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