Shaz with E-Myth book (landscape)

Shaz holding one of his favourite business books – The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Books That Grow Your Business

I do like reading business books! I believe, as a business owner, it’s important to read up on vital information which can help you to grow. However, with so many books and resources available to each individual, it’s so difficult to know which ones to read. I’m highlighting my picks of some of the best physical books you can delve into in order to develop your business, so you can accelerate your learning because your time is valuable.

The One Minute Manager – Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity

Author: Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

This book might be slightly older now, but it’s never dated, and the most recent updates certainly ensure that this is the case. With a comprehensive guide to how to be a better manager using just three major techniques, this concise read is a brilliant way to bring yourself up to scratch quickly on how best to manage your team. This is of course important for the success of the business – poor management leads to an unhappy team, which does you no favours in the long run.

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Author: Michael E. Gerber

It’s a bold claim, but sadly there’s some truth to it. Not everyone who starts their own small business will be an entrepreneur, and not everyone who understands the work their business does will be able to make the business thrive. Drawing upon years of experience, the author offers insight into the concept of how assumptions and expectations can be totally off-base, and even lead to failure. There are some often overlooked distinctions in business, which really need addressing, and this is something that Gerber manages to do in a truly useful and educational way.

The Lean Start-up: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

Author: Eric Ries

This is another book for small businesses, but this time focusing specifically on the newbies – specifically start-ups. The bad news? Unfortunately, most of them fail. The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way. Ries expertly guides the reader out of making preventable mistakes, encouraging the kind of forward thinking and planning that should be imperative for any successful business. It’s all about learning what the customer or user wants, encouraging everyone in business to adopt an entirely new way of thinking. This will increase profitability and, of course, that can only ever be a good thing.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Author: Sheryl Sandberg

You don’t need a book to tell you what should already be very obvious – women are equally as capable of achieving every ounce of success as their male counterparts in business. Indeed, in the UK, they theoretically have every right to as well. However, unfortunately, many do not, and falling short of the mark seems unfair and an example of internalised oppression. Women, Work and the Will to Lead should inspire a new generation of female employees to rise to the top and not be hindered by preconceptions or anything else. The COO of Facebook, and one of the most powerful women in the world, Sandberg, explores the anxieties associated with being in a woman in a position of authority, in a book which should help people of both genders to feel empowered and deal with any confidence they might be lacking.