It’s only August which means there is still plenty of time to do some reading before Labor Day. Why not take this opportunity to read some business management books before life gets busy again in September?
I’m pleased to share with you some of my favorites:
The 7 Habits is actually much more than just a business book. If you haven’t read this classic yet, please do me a favor and read this book very soon. Thanks to Stephen Covey, I now usually listen empathetically when conversing with others.
A great business fable that spells out the three steps to being a great manager – taking time up front to explain the assignment, praising staff for doing things right, and reprimanding quickly and privately when necessary. Sounds simple, but the book really drives home these three steps.
Fred Joyal, the founder of 1-800dentist, shares concepts that every professional, not just dentists, can learn from. I definitely made a few changes to my CPA firm’s client service after reading Fred’s book.
A common sense approach to explaining why the people you’d never expect to be millionaires are actually the ones who are the millionaires living in your neighborhood.
One or more of Patrick Lencioni’s Business Fables
Yes, I’m suggesting that you read business fables. While the concept of a business fable might sound lame, Patrick Lencioni has written a bunch of fables that are both interesting and provide great management lessons. Here are the ones I have read and enjoyed so far:
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
- Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
- Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty
- The Five Temptations of a CEO
Great Insight Based On Research Studies Completed By Gallup
Managing people is a science, and Gallup has crunched the data to prove it. Their recommendation is simple – figure out the strengths of each of your employees, and then put your employees in the best possible position to succeed. The team at Gallup also suggests that you don’t worry too much about fixing their weaknesses. Here are two books based on Gallup’s research that I have read and enjoyed:
- First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Gallup
- StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath
Let me know what you think
If you read any of these books and really love them and want to thank me for the recommendation, please email me at:
And I’d be interested in hearing your recommendations for business management books as well. Frankly, I’d just love to hear from you whether you appreciate my recommendations or are giving me your recommendations.