BOOK LIST


JANUARY

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Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important, by Michael Hyatt

We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner--and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt wants readers to know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, he thinks that this is the year readers can finally close the gap between reality and their dreams.

February

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Thinking In Bets, By Annie Duke

Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making? 

MARCH

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Developing Mental Toughness: Coaching Strategies to Improve Performance, Resilience and by Doug Strycharczyk

Based on scientific investigation, this new edition now includes greater discussion of how mental toughness relates to other behaviors and how it can be applied to leadership, emotional intelligence, and motivation.  It also offers brand new coverage of the applications of mental toughness in recruitment, talent management, and employability. With its practical guidance, exercises, case studies, and a mental toughness self-assessment tool, this book will guide coaches working with individuals or teams to help improve their clients' performance.


APRIL

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Cash is Still King, by Keith Checkley

Cash is Still King is the result of nearly ten years of the author's experience delivering training courses on the principles of cash flow control all over the world. Five years ago his first book on the subject, Cash is King, became recognized as the best single book that dealt with the common problems faced by companies in trying to ensure they achieve sound financial management.

This revised edition reveals that many of the key lessons regarding a business's relationship with the bank and restructurings or corporate structures still need to be learned. The book is packed with case studies that illustrate how major commercial concerns, such as Dell Computers, have successfully managed to achieve reliable cash flow control.

MAY

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The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. 

JUNE

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Zero to One: Notes on startups, or how to build the future, by Peter Thiel

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.


JULY

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Surge, By Mike Michalowicz

To achieve the ultimate in entrepreneurial breakthrough success requires an uncanny ability to spot the next big wave of consumer demand - but how do you do that? For most small business owners, the true cash cows seem to be reserved for lucky people who were in the right place at the right time.

In his newest book, Surge, prolific small business author Mike Michalowicz shares the 5-step process for identifying trends in your marketplace. After reading his from-the-trenches stories and no-nonsense approach you ll realize you don t need to wait for a lucky break. You can make it yourself.

AUGUST

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Scale Up by Colin Mills

Plenty of books have been written on startups, but not much has been written about what happens next, when you want to scale and move your business into an advanced stage of growth: the classic “too big to be small and too small to be big” stage. In Scaleup: How to Take Your Business To the Next Level Without Losing Control and Running out of Cash, Colin Mills draws on real life experience, working with thousands of businesses across the globe to create a framework for scaling up that until now has just not existed. This is not academic theory: you'll find stories and examples from real-world businesses that have successfully managed the transition from startup to scaleup. Whether you're the owner of a fast-growing business and you want to scale your business to more advanced growth, or you feel frustrated because you came out of the startup phase but growth has stalled and you wonder whether you can face the pain of further growth, then this book has got something for you.

SEPTEMBER

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Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.


OCTOBER

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Everyday Millionaires, by Chris Hogan

Everywhere we turn, we hear negative financial news—that the American Dream is dead or that the little man can’t get ahead. Our culture feeds us the lie that it’s impossible to become a millionaire in America today, but it’s time you heard the truth.

In his newest book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too, Chris Hogan destroys millionaire myths that are keeping everyday people from achieving financial independence. Chris and the Ramsey research team surveyed over 10,000 US millionaires, discovering how these high-net-worth people reached their financial status. And the formula might surprise you.

Millionaire status doesn’t require inheriting a bunch of money or having a high-paying job. No. The path to becoming a millionaire is paved with more-ordinary tools—tools that you either already have or that you can learn. If you thought you could never become a millionaire, think again. Listen and learn from over 10,000 everyday millionaires who have done it and believe it’s possible for you too.

NOVEMBER

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.


DECEMBER

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Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar by Allison Masian

To truly scale, you must upsize your strategic practices, implement new marketing strategies, find new ways to build your team, and expand your mindset to break through whatever is keeping you stuck at the same level. Then you must be willing to take the leap into the giant unknown – to make your impossible possible.

In Scale or Fail, author Allison Maslan—who has successfully scaled ten companies from scratch and has guided thousands of small businesses to do the same—shares her revolutionary SCALEit Method ® for successfully growing, replicating, and expanding your business. She also shares pivotal mindset strategies she’s used to break the fear barrier as a trapeze artist so you can move past any obstacle, take strategic Big Picture risks, and fulfill your dreams of business expansion and skyrocketing profit.


Bonus Books TO ADD TO YOUR READING LIST

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Clock Work by, Mike Michalowicz

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you're bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash.

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient.

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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 One-Page Strategic Plan 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.


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HBR's 10 Must Reads On Strategy by by Harvard Business Review  (Author), Michael E. Porter (Author), W. Chan Kim (Author

Is your company spending too much time on strategy development―with too little to show for it?

If you read nothing else on strategy, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization's strategy development and execution.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy will inspire you to:

  • Distinguish your company from rivals

  • Clarify what your company will and won't do

  • Craft a vision for an uncertain future

  • Create blue oceans of uncontested market space

  • Use the Balanced Scorecard to measure your strategy

  • Capture your strategy in a memorable phrase

  • Make priorities explicit

  • Allocate resources early

  • Clarify decision rights for faster decision making