Sharpen Your Saw and Make 2015 a Banner Year!

Hopefully, many of you will have some “down-time” after spending time with family and friends this holiday season.  Do take some time to reflect on your business, the ‘sticktuitiveness’ you’ve exhibited over the past year.  Also, take some time to, as Zig Ziglar would say, :sharpen your saw”. Below is a list of some of my favorite business books (with some quotes from each book) I’ve read over the past year followed by some non-business books I found interesting.  I ask each and every one of you to likewise post the business books you found particularly useful and enlightening this past year.  I’d like to read the books you found meaningful.  Here’s to life-long learing:

No Sweat Public Speaking – Fred Miller  “Every speaking opportunity is a business opportunity.”

Thought Revolution – William Donius  “Really big organizations can be especially susceptible to blind spots.  In Fortune 50 companies, for instance, just because of their size, employees often assume that their personal thoughts about the organization aren’t particularly noteworthy.”

Guerrila PR 2.0 – Michael Levine  “Public relations is an art that creates an image (hopefully an accurate one, but certainly a polished one)of you and your business, and presents it in a controlled, planned fashion that will convey exactly what you want to say without having to be obvious about it.”

How Money Walks  – Travis Brown  “The robust presence of aggregate income – the kind people may or may not pay taxes on but most assuredly spend – is the single biggest driver of the U.S. economy.  Why?  Because 70 percent of America’s GDP – the amount of the country’s total economic output, including production, spending, and everything else – is based on consumer spending.  Our economy runs on it.  The more money people have to spend, the better our economy does.”

What Most Successsful People Do Before Breakfast – Laura Vanderkam  “Every day I have a job…in the morning, I have a career.”

Decide – Steve McClatchy  “Being organized simply makes things easier – to find, to remember, and to manage.  It also saves time.”

The Great Game of Business…20th Anniversary Edition  –  Jack Stack w/Bo Burlingham  “One thing that scares me about our economy is the whole trend of downsizing.  What’s really going on is the companies are getting rid of people and replacing them with machines.  They view people as a contingent liability.  They’re missing the fact that productivity depends on people.”

To Sell is Human – Daniel H. Pink  “Anytime you’re tempted to upsell someone else, stop what you’re doing and upserve instead.”

Non-business books I’ve enjoyed this year:

America the Beautiful – Ben Carson, M.D.

Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Man in the Mirror – Patrick Morley

Happiness is a Serious Problem – Dennis Prager

The Happiest Life – Hugh Hewitt

Crazy Love – Francis Chan

Don’t Know Much About History – Kenneth Davis

Don’t Know Much About Geography – Kenneth Davis

Don’t Know Much About American History – Kenneth Davis


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