NBS recommends self-help reads

() - October 24, 2010 - 12:00am

The E-Myth Enterprise: How To Turn A Great Idea Into A Thriving Business

By Michael E. Gerber


MANILA, Philippines - Gerber (Awakening the Entrepreneur Within) turns his attention to business invention in this slim, straightforward book that distills the essential knowledge needed to create a completely original company. He identifies four essential facets of building a new company — visual, emotional, functional and financial—and the five essential skills: concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. Gerber shares success stories and insightful advice on how to conquer obstacles. He ends the book with a noble challenge to any company: to be a business with a conscience, to be responsible for the condition of the world it finds itself in and the condition of the people with whom it interacts, among others. Each chapter ends with takeaway points summarizing key ideas; the points are available as podcasts on a companion website. This quick, original, well-organized read is a valuable tool for budding entrepreneurs.

The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform An Entire Organization

By Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton


Why doesn’t every corporate leader actively listen to employees and to veteran consultants like Gostick and Elton (authors of The Carrot Principle books)? Though the answer to that question isn’t the subject of this book, adopting the how-to’s for realizing dreams could indeed provide the solution to staid, stagnant and unrewarding work in America. As with most human resources type of business books, the authors present ideas in a many-stepped process, with principles to follow, often too many to remember. Yet if readers and executives just stick to their rule of three, the rewards of an engaged workforce will probably ensue. Examples of great teams in addition to the well-known cultures of a Zappos, for instance, there are also stories from Medical City Dallas Hospital, Pepsi Bottling Group, the Blue Angels, and Nash Finch, all about the power of teams to transform. And lest you think that the authors simply collected anecdotes, their philosophy is based on valid and overwhelming statistics, thanks to the Best Places to Work database (350,000 employees from 28 industries): 63 percent of workers surveyed found productivity to be positively affected when coworkers are friends outside of work (to cite just one finding). Take a letter to the C-suite: it’s all about work that matters.

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Think Positive

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark


Every cloud has a silver lining. And the stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive will encourage readers to stay positive, because there is always a bright side. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that each day holds something to be thankful for.

Goals! How To Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible (2nd Edition)

By Brian Tracy


Why do some people achieve all their goals while others simply dream of having a better life? Bestselling author Brian Tracy shows that the path from frustration to fulfillment has already been discovered. Hundreds of thousands — even millions — of men and women have started with nothing and achieved great success. Here Tracy presents the essential principles you need to know to make your dreams come true. Tracy presents a simple, powerful, and effective system for setting and achieving goals—a method that has been used by more than one million people to achieve extraordinary things. In this revised and expanded second edition he has added three new chapters addressing areas in which goals can be most rewarding but also the toughest to set and keep: finances, family, and health.

Kokology: The Game Of Self-Discovery

By Tadahiko Nagao and Isamu Saito


Bored with the old board games that are gathering dust in your closet? Grab a copy of Kokology (koh-KOL-oh-jee; from the Japanese kokoro, meaning “mind” or “spirit”), a book that contains 55 psychological questions that aim to delve into your subconscious, revealing how you truly feel about work, love, family, sex, and much more. Created by Japanese psychologist Isamu Saito, Kokology puts a spin on traditional psychological tests by transforming them into a series of entertaining and approachable quizzes.

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