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An Entrepreneur's Reading List – Books to Help You Get to the Top

Wednesday, February 08, 2012   By Mike Reddy


In a fast changing and challenging business world never underestimate the value of a continuing education.

Often our success is based on setting goals, implementing the necessary strategies, achieving those goals and then setting some more.

In fact that’s an important part of our business coaching structure and our business turnaround rate is evidence to its success.  However always remember there are other ways of achieving your goals than relying just on goal setting.

Improving your skill set is an important part of business coaching and we suggest that whether it is touching up on your management skills, honing in on sales strategies, marketing or communication or keeping up with current trends in technology and finance, good reading material can go a long way if you are a reader.

Participating in seminars and webinars (educational lessons taught over the Internet allowing you to participate from your home, office, car – in fact anywhere that you can access the Internet) are active ways to increase your field of knowledge. And reading the most current or recommended books in your field is another way to stay up-to-date.

You might want to start with a basic book geared towards revisiting the importance of organisation in the life of a small business entrepreneur. Getting Organized, written by Stephanie Winston details timesaving strategies and organisation tips that will help clear your mind and your desk.

For the few of you who are yet to read it, The E-Myth Revisited, written by Michael E. Gerber develops an in-depth analysis of the most common mistakes that cause small businesses to fail. Learn how to avoid making these errors and give your small business a higher chance of success.  It’s such a good read that it’s part of the start-up resources we provide to every business coaching client.

Learn about the successes of the greats, and follow in the footsteps of some of the century's most successful SME's. Founders at Work; Stories of Start-up's Early Days written by Jessica Livingston contains interviews with industry moguls like the founders of Hotmail, TiVo, Firefox and PayPal, to name a few.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie can help develop your management skills - Carnegie professes that 85% of success is due to leadership abilities. These tips and strategies can help to create a higher energy work environment.

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. He reveals principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that create changes.

Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.