Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

In a follow-on effort to First, Break All the Rules, the folks at Gallup turn the table and now it’s time to look at you. For those who really want to maximize your potential and find out how to use your strengths – this is the book for you. At the end of the book, there is even access to an on-line test that can provide some amazing insights regarding the unique strengths that make up who you are.

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First, Break All the Rules

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

If there is a book that’s worth your time – this is it! Undoubtedly, one of the finest books ever written on management and to top it all off it is based upon data compiled by the Gallup Organization involving more than 80,000 managers and 400 different companies. What makes the book so unique is that it looks at what it takes to make a successful manager. What the writers found is that conventional B-school philosophy is rarely the essential ingredient.

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The Invisible Touch

Harry Beckwith

In a follow-on effort, Harry Bechwith once again reminds us of the fundamentals in marketing. Like an Ol’ Army football coach emphasizing running, blocking, and tackling, he gets us back to the basics. This book opens your eyes to the crucial branches of marketing with four key concepts: Price, Brand, Packaging, and Relatonships.

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How to Make People Like You

Nicholas Boothman

Although the name seems outlandish, this book really is a jewel. For those who interact with people on a daily basis and always want improve their repoire with others – this book’s for you. Nicholas Boothman challenges the reader to learn the importance of reading body language and synchronizing beavhior to create warm and meaningful connections.

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Selling the Invisible

Harry Beckwith

With a tag line like A Field Guide to Modern Marketing – who could go wrong in reading this book?! Seriously, this is a book well worth the time if you’re focused on growing a business. Harry Beckwith stresses the fundamentals and the importance of selling your most important product – service. Although often overlooked, companies like McDonalds, Dominoes, and FedEX did not get on the map by having great burgers or pizza – they did through service.

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TITAN – The Life of John D. Rockefeller

Ron Chernow

If you like biographies, this may be one of the best you will ever read. The beauty in reading biographies is that they give us a glimpse of what can be in our own lives. From his humble beginnings, John D. Rockefeller built the most formidable business empire the world has ever known. Few realize how the methods of Standard Oil continue to shape modern-day American business philosophies.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter, CPA

Whether you’ve been in business for 50 years or just want to be a better maneger of money, this book (and others in the series) is a must-read. Through life experiences, Robert Kiyosaki has developed a plan that integrates common sense with a healthy vision on life and money. After reading this book you’ll be compelled to think about how to build plans for a better future. If you implement his strategy – you will accomplish things you never dreamed possible.

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.

(Eleanor Roosevelt)