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Jolly Good Books for Business Leaders

These books are highly recommended reading for those who want to understand how to better manage their businesses and how to invest their time to maximise their income.

Read them and understand how to get more life back into your life.

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John C. Maxwell.

This is a superb book on leadership. It focuses on the fundamentals for creating followers and supporters rather than taking the normal approach of focusing of creating and managing people or teams. It explains why people will follow and how to perform such that they'll want to follow you. This is a very easy, well written read.

"The eMyth Revisited" by Michael Gerber.

This is an incredible book. In it Michael clarifies how most people go wrong when they set up their businesses. Because they typically understand the technology of their businesses they get trapped into playing multiple roles - "chief cook and bottle washer".

If you're leaving corporate land to become independent you absolutely must read this book. Ditto, if you're trying to figure out what went wrong, a few tired years later.

"Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" by Lee Iacocca.

Many of us have seen, or even worked with good, ethical, effective leaders.

We find the greed and ineptitude of leaders these days terribly frustrating.

The current executive trend of walking away from a failing company, huge bonus in hand, leaving distressed customers and incomeless families is unbelieveable.

Lee Iacocca's book, though somewhat vociferous in its initial chapters, is a real eye opener on recent attitudes of relentlessly immoral politicians and business people.

"An Economist's Tale" by Peter Griffiths.

Peter is an accomplished fellow speaker, an internationally recognised economist, oh and a valued colleague.

I couldn't understand why I could never get the management in the World Bank and the IMF to make changes they asked me for.

After reading Peter's book I finally understood what drove these folks.

This is critical reading for anyone trying to influence, work with, or sell to, national or international Civil Servants or charities.

"Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson.

Books like this are truly humbling. Greg Mortenson's commitment to paying back a personal debt transforms ito a life long mission to improve the lot of hundreds of children.

This really gave me food for thought regarding what I am or am not achieving of value to others.

"Business School" by Robert Kiyosaki.

In this book, "The Business School for People Who Like Helping People", Kiyosaki postulates that rich people get rich by building business networks.

He also explains why he's strongly in favour of modern business models such as Network Marketing. He especially likes and respects network marketing's tendency to attract "people who like helping people", since in this business model your success is built on other's successes, so you mentor them towards success

This book's another stunner.

"The New Professionals" by Charles W. King .

This is an academic study of the Network Marketing business model. It clarifies the socio-economic trends that are leading to increased popularity of this approach.

A critically important book for anyone considering a secondary income.

"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.

Robert identifies the woeful lack of practical financial education provided by formal education.

He differentiates between assets and liabilities that even your accountant doesn't understand. Once you've read this you can see a clear way to building income based on assets that work for you even while you sleep.

Critical basic education for anyone investing in property or trying to escape the corporate trap.

"Personal Branding" by Anthony Warren.

Another business associate with a very clear view of life.

Packed full of tips, this book should help you understand better how to position yourself in the market.

Keep in mind Stephen Convey's assertion that a "product" is something your customer is not familiar with and hence is harder to sell that a "brand" which is your version of a product he already buys. In the former, customer education on why he needs the product is critical, in the latter, differentiation is what counts.

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