It’s the start of a new year, and as tempting as it can be to just get back into things, it’s important to take time to plan for the year ahead. Think about how you want to do things differently or better, going forward. To give you some ideas, our coaches at GROW have put together a list of some of their favourite business-related reads that can give you a head start to make 2018 better than ever!

  1. Crazy Is a Compliment, by Linda Rottenberg

Being an entrepreneur or business owner is lonely! Read this book and find out that you’re not alone! Get some inspiration, motivation, and some honest practical tips on surviving in the crazy world of business ownership and entrepreneurship.

If you’re not called crazy when you launch something new, it means you’re not thinking BIG enough.

  1. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight

In this candid and riveting memoir, Nike founder Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an adventurous start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy . . . just keep going. Dont stop. Dont even think about stopping until you get there, and dont give much thought to where there is. Whatever comes, just dont stop.

  1. Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott

Looking to develop stronger relationships with your employees in the new year? Radical Candor shows you and/or your managers how to be successful at managing people while retaining your humanity, finding meaning in what you do, and creating an environment where people love their work and their colleagues.

Make sure that you are seeing each person on your team with fresh eyes every day. People evolve, and so your relationships must evolve with them. Care personally; dont put people in boxes and leave them there.

  1. The Second Decision by Randy Nelson

The first decision you make as an entrepreneur is to start your company. The second decision is whether you are the right person to take the business forward. Chapter by chapter, this book helps you discover whether you are a Leader that will take the company on your shoulders, a Role-Player that takes another position in the company, or a Creator that moves on to the next big idea.

Think about whether you are continuing to build your legacy, or starting to taint it.

  1. The Trusted Advisor, by David Maister

This book argues that the key to professional success is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of your clients. The authors use anecdotes, experiences, and examples of successes and mistakes to demonstrate that technical mastery of one’s discipline is not enough to build strong client relationships.

There is no greater source of distrust than advisors who appear to be more interested in themselves than in trying to be of service to the client.

  1. The Ideal Team Player, by Pat Lencioni

The most reliable way to ensure that teamwork takes hold in an organisation is to hire only ideal team players. This book explores the three essential virtues of the ideal team player – humility, hunger and smarts. It’s a light, easy read for the holidays that creates a framework to assess whether someone fits the profile of an ideal team player.

Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

  1. 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni, in this book, says “If someone offered me a single piece of evidence to assess the health of an organisation, I would want to observe the executive team during a meeting”.

If you think there is more potential in your business than your executive team has been able to unlock, then this is a MUST READ. It’s also quite an easy read, written in the style of a fictional story.

Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.

  1. Team of Teams, by General Stanley McCrystal

As commander of Joint Special Operations Command, General Stanley McChrystal played a crucial role in the War on Terror. But when he took the helm in 2004, America was losing that war badly. In this book, General Stanley McChrystal relays a fascinating story of how the US Special forces overcame Al-Qaeda in Iraq, at the same time learning how to build high-performance teams.

Purpose affirms trust, trust affirms purpose, and together they forge individuals into a working team.

  1. Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity

Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee – the basic fundamentals of achieving great success are the same. This book is designed to take you from where you are in life, to where you want to be, by bringing easy to implement “Success Habits” into your routine.

It doesn’t matter how fast you can go, it doesn’t matter how much passion you have, and it doesn’t matter how much energy you put into something. If you don’t have a vision and clarity on the destination you want to reach, you’ll simply never get there.

  1. Get that Feeling, Ian Fuhr

Ian started out as a businessman nearly 40 years ago. The secret of his success was already cemented in 2 traits – humility and a desire to break the rules. This book documents Ian’s fascinating story of serial entrepreneurship – offering valuable insights into the business triumph that has its roots in understanding cultural differences and niche markets.

If you do not treat people with the respect they deserve, do not expect any kind of commitment to your productivity goals and target.

We hope you get your hands on one (or a few) of these books to read over the course of the year, and we wish your business well in 2018!

P.S. We’d love to meet you!

We’ll be hosting a complimentary business growth workshop in February 2018. If you’d like to attend and meet our internationally-certified coaches, register today! It’s also a great opportunity to learn and network with like-minded business owners.