The business books you should read if your company is growing fast

January 2020

Why was Martin Luther King Jr so influential? How do some people manage to get everything done and still have time for CrossFit? Why do some teams get along when others play the blame game? These Fora-approved books hold the answers to these questions and many more that you should certainly be thinking about if your company is expanding rapidly.

 

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” This quote from Groucho Marx says it all – books have been the source of wisdom for some of our greatest philosophers, scientists and literary geniuses for centuries. And it’s time we took entrepreneurship to a more scholarly level.

Not only is reading good for your mental health, these books are well-researched and written by genuine experts, meaning you’ll gain a lot from giving them a read. Here’s a run through of some of our favourite business advice books, covering everything from leadership to productivity tips…

Deep Work by Cal Newport

When you’ve got 101 issues to sort out and the to-do list isn’t working, you might be suffering from concentration-failure. Whether it’s noise, enquiries, emails or social media, busy people often find it difficult to stay focused on tasks. This book will give you the superpower to kill distractions and get more done in less time.

 

Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy

In a similar vein, this book is all about helping you take on the big tasks. Fast growth companies and their leaders often feel like they’re being pulled in all directions. It can leave you getting through lots of little tasks rather than the big important ones. Read this book and you’ll beat the procrastination blues. It’s only short, so it should fit in with your busy schedule.

 

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: You can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” Taken directly from Start with Why, this quote sums up why the book is essential reading for any leader.

Part of managing business growth is keeping employees engaged and pro-active. This book will teach you how to do it through the power of why, rather than what.

 

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

If you want more from the entrepreneurship genius, Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last is seen as one of the best people management books out there. It takes a deep dive into why some teams don’t cooperate and feel self-absorbed whereas others totally trust each other and want to work together.

 

Ready to be a Thought Leader? by Denise Brosseau

Business books don’t get much better than this. Fast growth doesn’t mean you’ll become a thought-leader. Read this for seven steps on how to make the transition from entrepreneur to celebrated expert.

 

Deskbound by Kelly Starrett

You’re only ever as successful as your health will allow. If you spend hours at your desk, you’re committing one of the worst health crimes going – sitting down for too long. Read this and you might feel a little terrified at first, but by the end you’ll know how to protect your body while you’re a productive entrepreneur.

 

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Some business books are well-loved just because they’re interesting – and this one is exactly that. It shows why habit is one of human beings’ best traits, but only if we use it to our advantage. Be inspired to start the right habits to keep you and your business productive.

 

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