Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson debunks traditional business myths and offers strategies for business success that shatter the “business as usual” mystique. A series of short, engaging essays shows how a multitude of business owners have worked to bring their businesses into a post-recession world. Combining innovation with practical advice, Rework will be the business book you keep in your office for both inspiration and direction.
The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss teaches people how to increase their output by 10 times, getting the same results in a fraction of the time. Whether you’re running your own business or working for a corporation, improving your efficiency will change your life. In addition to The 4-Hour Work Week, Ferriss has a podcast and a blog filled with tips and tools to improve the way you work.
The Referral Engine by John Jantsch helps small business owners tap into their customers’ natural instincts. Human nature shows people can’t help referring their friends, neighbors and relatives to things, places and companies they love. The Referral Engine offers strategies for business owners to proactively improve their customer referral rate by understanding the ways in which customers decide who and what to refer. Learn how to talk with your customers — not at them — and how to get your sales team on board with your referral plan.
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright helps companies harness their “tribal” power to take effectiveness and success to the next level. After studying over two dozen corporations and more than 20,000 employees, Logan, King and Fischer-Wright determined companies fall into one of five levels of tribal culture. Use Tribal Leadership to see where your company’s tribal culture falls, determine your core values for your small business and move up to the highest level of tribal culture.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh explains how the widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer, created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customer, vendors and backers. More than a book, Delivering Happiness is a community and a state of mind that can help small business owners determine how to shape their own futures. Discover why companies with a sense of purpose outperform their competitors — and explore your company’s road to happiness.