This week on “Mind Your Own Business” my top five business books. I read loads and loads of books. This is my top selection for those business owners out there that want to become better leaders want to improve their overall business knowledge and want to be able to grow their companies effectively. So let’s get stuck in.

First up is one of my favourites “The Road Less Stupid” by Keith Cunningham. This book is full of common sense principles, lots of things around marketing strategy, team, culture it is just full of pearls of wisdom and one of the key things that he talks about is finding the space to think. He talks about how thinking avoids stupid mistakes. He’s got loads of really great questions to prompt you, and to guide you to think through all aspects of your business. It is such a good book and I recommend it to any business owner.

Next is “Radical Candor” by Kim Scott. This book is perfect for those of you that sometimes find it  difficult to be able to have direct conversations in the right way with your team members. Some people tend to shy away from those direct conversations some people tend to be too aggressive and in both of those scenarios. Kim gives you the tools, and the understanding of how to approach things in a different way. Her whole philosophy is that people should never be unsure around what your message is or what your expectations are and you should always be able to deliver the messages that you need to deliver with empathy and compassion.

Next up is “Scaling Up”. Now, it is a bit of a beast, but it is brilliant and it’s perfect for those businesses that are experiencing rapid growth and want to understand how to manage that growth properly. In “Scaling Up”, Verne takes you through all of the key areas that you need to understand and the key decisions that you will need to make in your business to be able to scale your company properly. It is so good.

Next is “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. This book is brilliant for those of you that find that you spread yourselves too thin. This book is about focusing on what is essential. There are so many different things competing for your attention and this book just takes a whole bunch of really interesting and powerful principles from all sorts of different books and contexts and brings it together in one book.

And finally, “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink. This book is really good for those of you who want to have a culture of accountability and ownership in your business. And guess what? It starts with you. Jocko’s got a great writing style there are some follow-ons but if you start off with “Extreme Ownership”. I think it will really help you understand that you own your part of all the things going on in your business.

So there you go my top five books from the last 12 months. Now, I would love to find out what books you’ve read, that’s really had an impact on you and your business over the last 12 months please pop any recommendations in the comments below. See you next time on “Mind Your Own Business”

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Marco Soares is an award-winning business coach in Sussex and is available if you’d like help implementing these tactics.