There are so many business books, blogs, articles floating around in bookstores and cyberspace that it can be hard to know which ones to rely upon. I love to poke around, ask, and learn about resources. This page contains some of my old faithfuls and some new gems I have found. I will try to update them frequently. Please send me any recommendations to add. Oh, and just so you know, I’m not a quick reader, I love pictures, models, and drawing, and I skim over anything that is academic but something I “should” know. These items reflect that learning style.
Many of you heard Bridget Levin of Nametag International, Inc. speak at the very first BWC Informational Meeting. Despite the fact that she was suffering from H1N1 flu that day, she left us with a great book list. Here it is.
Blue Ocean Strategy
By W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
focus on developing strategy in new, non-existent markets and flips everything you thought you knew on its head
Good To Great
By Jim Collins
understand what you’re best at, preserve the core, and sublimate the personal for organizational ambition
The Next 100 Years - A Forecast for the 21st Century
By George Friedman
a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect and how we will live world-wide during the 21st century
By Katherine Graham
courageous example of the socially seismic 2nd half of the century
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Don’t
By Heath & Heath
identify the qualities of memorable and effective ideas in one of the most entertaining, readable formats
Some favorite books of mine are:
by Harry Beckwith
This is a great book for those selling a service. It’s old but relevant. He has some new books too on branding positioning and customer relationships.
Any of Seth Godin’s books are worth your time. He has an active blog too. His book Purple Cow was a big part of our marketing strategy when I ran ProGroup. He has several new books out right now. They are all short and fun to read, while getting your mind working.
This is an old book that I just revisited based on many recommendations. Michael Gerber has nailed it when he talks about you gals out there. It's scary how he knows you. If you've read it, read it again. It will really get you focused on working "on" the business. His web site offers many new and improved tools. It's a quick read, but keeps you thinking. The only thing to remember is change doesn't happen in a day. It requires a step by step plan where you can measure success.
People to Follow
"Leadership is being not doing", Frances Hesselbein.
One of the great women leaders is Frances Hesselbein. She turned the Girl Scouts of America around with her great leadership skills. She is now 91 and continues to speak on leadership. I will be hearing her speak at the National Women President’s Organization in April. If you don’t know about her you need to.
Watch Her Speak on YouTube
There is also a good article on her at this site.
The Geek Girls Guidewww.thegeekgirlsguide.com
One of my favorite blogs is called The Geek Girls Guide. I love Nancy and Meghan because they are so down to earth and so knowledgeable. They have podcasts that you can download and listen to in drive time.
USA TodaySmall Business Blogs
USA Today on line has a couple of good blogs related to small business called Ask an Expert, The Entrepreneurial Tightrope, and Strategies. They are quick little hits of information.
Rosabeth Moss KanterVisit her blog
I’ve always loved Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a brilliant professor at Harvard Business School, who is a wisewoman. She writes on leadership, change and innovation.
I think you might enjoy her blog.