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Great Book Recommendations

Great Book Recommendations

I saw this great list and thought I would share it with you:
Switzer's Must-Reads: By Peter Switzer

Great books to help you grow your business, no matter your needs - for everything from system development to strategic direction, from people problems to being in need of a little pick-me-up.

For help with system development...
Read Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited (HarperCollins). Develop systems to develop your business, so you can work on your business, not in your business. To be successful you have to free yourself from technical day-to-day work to take on the true role of the entrepreneur and grow your business. You can only do this with good systems in place.

For strategic direction...
Read Jim Collins' Built to Last (Arrow) and Good to Great (Century). Building a business takes hard work and a clear vision, and like-minded people within your organisation to make a good business great. Collins shows you the best way to do this with his catch cry of "disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action".

To understand the marketing message...
Read Seth Godin's Purple Cow (Penguin). Learn how a point of difference can transform business.

If you consider yourself a leader...
Read Bob Garratt's The Fish Rots from the Head (Profile Books). Taking its title from an ancient Chinese saying, this book proves that a company's success depends on the performance of its board and, more specifically, its director. In light of recent times, no executive can afford to ignore this message.

To know what not to do...
Read Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind's ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Penguin). This cautionary tale warns against a corporate philosophy devoid of morals, and reveals the almost unbelievable personal excesses of the upper Enron echelons, charting their rise and, more importantly, their spectacular fall.

If you need a little pick-me-up...
Read Richard Branson's Losing My Virginity (Random House). There isn't a valley low enough, nor a hot air balloon high enough to keep the insatiable Branson from chasing his dreams, and that ought to be a lesson to everyone in business.

If you've got people problems...
Read Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends and Influence People (Ebury). As relevant and useful today as it was almost seven decades ago when it was first published, this gem covers the fundamentals of communication and teaches you, well, how to win friends and influence people.

If you need to lift your game...
Read Jacques Van Schalkwyk's On Track to the Top (McGraw Hill). Combining the best of sports psychology and business leadership in a single practical manual, this read aims to help you achieve excellence by harnessing the skills that Van Schalkwyk insists are within us all, but are used by only few of us. Be inspired by words from former Australian rugby union captains Nick Farr Jones and John Eales.

Leading business and finance commentator Peter Switzer will be presenting at the Real Estate Leadership Forum in Noosa (8-10 Sep) on How to Take Your Business Performance from Good to Great. For more great resources subscribe to Peter's newsletters at switzer.com.au

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