Every entrepreneur can benefit from the wisdom of our peers, whether we're learning about how to build a business or how to promote it. Attending workshops and networking meetings are a great way to accomplish this, but most small business owners must choose these opportunities wisely, since time is limited.
In addition to squeezing a few conferences in each year, every entrepreneur should have a stack business books on hand. These books can serve as daily inspiration as you deal with the issues every business leader faces.
Bold by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
The 2012 book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think became a bestseller for its co-authors, Peter H. Diamindis and Steven Kotler. The authors are launching their follow-up in early February with blurbs from high-profile personalities like former President Bill Clinton, Google's Eric Schmidt, and Michael Dell. The book focuses on disruptive technologies, "the psychology of Bold," and using crowd-powered tools.
Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell
We all battle distractions every day, and bestselling author Ned Hallowell offers unique insights into the subject. Dr. Hallowell, the world's leading expert on ADD and ADHD, explains the underlying causes of mental distraction that may be hurting your productivity every day. This is a great book that's helped me become more what Ned refers to as a strategic leader.
Disrupt Yourself: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation by Jay Samit
Considered one of the world's leading experts on disruption and innovation, Jay Samit helps entrepreneurs thrive in this era of endless innovation. He examines the process used by some of the top disruptors in business today to help leaders see how they can put these processes to use in their own daily lives.
The Sell: How to Sell Anything to Anyone by Fredrik Eklund
Fredrik Eklund arrived in America with only a pair of worn-out sneakers to his name. His rise to become the country's top real-estate broker and star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing serves as inspiration to leaders in all industries. Eklund shares his three-step plan to selling any product or service, including crafting the perfect pitch and closing deals.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
Hermania Ibarra is INSEAD's Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, as well as serving as the founding director of INSEAD's executive education program. Ibarra's advice will help leaders at all levels improve their leadership roles by making small changes, including redefining our jobs, diversifying our networks, and allowing our leadership styles to evolve.
The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value by John Svioka and Mitch Cohen
Noting that self-made billionaires seem to find a success that far eclipses the world's biggest companies, Svioka and Cohen decided to conduct their own research. Through their research, the co-authors discovered that much of what society believes about self-made billionaires is untrue. In The Self-Made Billionaire Effect, readers learn the difference between producers and performers and how one mindset seems to lead to dramatically more success than the other.
Buy-Sell Agreements by L. Paul Hood
Every business will someday reach an end. L. Paul Hood takes an in-depth look at the buy-sell agreement to help entrepreneurs plan for the inevitable. An expert on buy-sell agreements, Hood walks readers through the process of crafting an all-inclusive buy-sell agreement.
Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! by Nicholas Carlson
Sometimes we can learn more about what to do by studying what not to do. That's the premise behind this book from Business Insider's chief correspondent. The book takes an in-depth look at Yahoo!'s longstanding issues, along with Mayer's battle to turn it all around. The book also takes a look at whether a tech company like Yahoo! can remain relevant as the industry changes around it.
Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
Forbes Media publisher Rich Karlgaard teams up with one of the world's best-known technology writers for this look at the science behind organizations that perform well.
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo
Although it was released in 2014, Talk Like Ted is still the talk of many industries. Popular keynote speaker Carmine Gallo takes a look at TED Talks, which have revolutionized the concept of a successful presentation. By reviewing the strategies of some of the world's best minds, leaders can hone our own presentation and public speaking skills.
As 2015 begins, it's important to start the year off right. These ten books are a great way to fill your mind with the right ideas and prepare to excel in the coming year. By reading the latest leadership books, you'll also be ready to participate in discussions at networking events and roundtables.