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3 Outstanding Business Books You Need to Read This Year

Michael Reynolds

Posted by Michael Reynolds on 1/30/14 5:21 PM

We're always looking for a good read (especially on a chilly winter day). We're even more apt to pick one up (or download on our iPad, Kindle, etc) if it's going to give us new insight into the wonderful world of business. After all, we're constantly striving to improve.

Our book shelves (digital and otherwise) are filled with books that we've devoured, sometimes more than once. Today we thought we'd share some of the best business reads out there (well, in our humble opinions), ones that you would be wise to add to your library.

3 Outstanding Business Books You Need to Read This Year 

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey has become a household name by bringing Financial Peace and Total Money Makeovers to those in need. Between his New York Times bestsellers and his nationally-syndicated talk radio show, the man has become a trusted voice on money and business.

This book shares the details of how he grew a multimillion dollar company from a card table in his living room. In it, Ramsey reveals the keys that grew his company into a multi-million-dollar business (with no debt, no less). His business sense has earned his company low turnover and the “Best Place to Work” award year after year, not surprisingly.

If you’re responsible for your company’s success, you will most likely be challenged, motivated, and encouraged in your business goals by this playbook that bestows Ramsey’s common sense and EntreLeadership.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

If you’re going to take business advice from someone, Steve Jobs isn’t a bad choice. The author (who penned the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, by the way) interviewed Jobs, his family, friends, colleagues, and competitors to put together a beautiful presentation of his life and technology. Jobs left nothing off-record, so the reader is blessed with a striking picture of who he was - perfectionism, obsessions, control, and all.

Jobs revolutionized with inventiveness and imagination, instilling creativity into his technology. It built an empire that boasts remarkable feats of engineering. This book links his personality and his products, an integration fittingly “Apple” like.

Now, was Steve Jobs controversial, abusive, unpredictable, and difficult to work with? Absolutely. I don't recommend emulating those characteristics. However, if you look closely you'll find some incredible insights that may help your business (if you can get past his personality).

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential by Greg Crabtree with Beverly Harzog

If numbers aren’t necessarily your thing when it comes to your business, this book may become your new best friend. Crabtree uses his successful accounting and small business advising skills to take the mystery out of business finance. It’s a refreshing straightforward approach to using key financial indicators to make smart business decisions, regardless of your annual revenue.

The book is easy to follow and gives real-world examples along with step-by-step instructions. It discusses common financial errors in a down-to-earth “here’s how to avoid them” way. Crabtree’s years of experience are evident as he helps readers see beyond the numbers and unlock your business potential. It’s a must read! Oh, and be sure to check out our intereview with Greg Crabtree.

What books have challenged your business that we need to add to our library?

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