Coffee and books are two of our favorite things at our office. As season is starting to slow down in some parts of the country, I want to encourage you to pick up a new business book.  I have made it easy for you, by recommending some of our favorites!

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
I would describe the E-Myth as a business degree in a book. It helps clarify why small businesses fail and franchises thrive. It covers a topic that many small business owners struggle with – working on your business without working in it.  This is a must read during your slow season.

Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
If you run a business, you need to read this book. It could also be titled social media for dumbies. There were several things that I appreciated about this book. First, it gives real examples of social media posts and what is right or wrong about them, there is no guessing. The author is sassy, and it makes reading the book fun and engaging. Lastly, it will take your business to the next level. It is easy to understand regardless of your understanding of social media.

The 8 Greatest Sales Secrets by Bob Clements and Michael Angelella
The secrets to be a great salesperson are uncovered in this quick-read, and entertaining book.    You will find this to be a g story that is fun to read and gives you immediate takeaways, whether you are in sales, manage a sales team or run a business. This is a refreshing read that will help you and your sales team to move to the next level in your business. (Get this book on BCI’s Black Friday Sale for only $5.99! – watch your email for details)

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
The Ideal Team Player is one of my favorite books that I have read in the last year. It focuses on the importance of defining your vision and values and making sure that your employees embody them. As an owner, you will never be able to step away from your business for any amount of time if you aren’t confident that your employees will do what you would do in a specific situation. This book helps you pinpoint what that is and then move forward with your employees.

How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston
Don’t let the title fool you, it isn’t just for women!  I loved this book as each chapter highlights and tells the story of different women who are CEO’s. This is a refreshing view on leadership and what running a business looks like.

Hiring Smart by Dr. Pierre Mornell
Employees are often the most expensive part of running any business. How do you make sure that you are bringing the right people onto your team? The answer involves establishing and maintain good hiring processes. This book gives a good overview of some of the things that you need to make sure you cover as you are finding and hiring new employees.

This is the time of year to focus on training. Be intentional in training your team and encourage them to take their skills to the next level!   Let us know if you have read a read-worthy new business book and, if we can come along side you to help you make 2017 your best year yet, just sent us an email!