BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS. There is a saying that you either love them or you hate them…but that is not necessarily so. The key is to find the right books for the right person, and then everything changes. My youngest nephew, who wouldn’t go near a book with a ten-foot pole, became totally entranced with reading when my sister gifted him with a hands-on how-to manual for building your own sports car.
There are business people who feel the same way. Some read incessantly; some hate reading with a passion. Put the right books in their hands, though, and chances are both camps will come together with enthusiasm. It’s a matter of focus.
We found several books we thought professionals would enjoy, books that tap into a basic business drive for success. Directly or indirectly, these are books that show you how to increase the green in your wallet without making a pact with the devil. (If you want to make a pact, though, try reading Faust, which is not on our list.)
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Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success (Portfolio, $24.95) by Robert Rosen.
The author, who is head of Healthy Companies International, contends that anxiety can actually be a boon to your business life, if you have the tools to harness its power. In this intriguing book, Rosen describes the five leading indicators of business success and shows how the reader can emotionally access them.
Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose (Barrett Koehler, $16.95) by Kathy Caprino.
Real life examples of women who have succeeded in business give this book special verve and authenticity. It lists twelve very particular challenges that face women in the working world and shows how they can be overcome. It all has to do with making your own success breakthrough.
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How to Negotiate Anything with Anyone Around the World (AMACON, $21.95) by Frank Acuff.
This is a terrific book for anyone to read. The book discusses common negotiating mistakes and details ways of avoiding them. You don’t have to be globally active to benefit greatly from Acuff’s observations. However, if you do conduct business on a global scale (or if you’re just interested in learning about foreign customs) this is really a dynamite read. Learn all kinds of fascinating (even peculiar) customs from nations around the world!
Leading with Kindness: Good People Consistently Get Superior Results (AMACON, $24.95) by Baker and O’Malley.
The basic theory here is that there are six basic ingredients of kindness – compassion, integrity, gratitude, authenticity, humility, and honor – and that each is essential to the role of leader. Well…there are many people who would disagree, describing this as somewhat PollyAnna-ish, when viewed against an often cutthroat business world. But before taking such as jaded viewpoint, do look this book over. You could change your mind. This is truly a must-read for anyone in a managerial position
The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up (Wiley, $22.95) by Gostick and Christopher.
Fun in the workplace? This very idea could make a business owner cringe. But groundbreaking research on over 1 million employees indicates that fun and humor go a long way toward building a successful and highly productive workplace. The authors say their book is aimed at getting “seriousaholics to be more creative.”
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