Top 5 Business Development Books
I have been running my own business since 2007 and as part of coaching qualifications I’ve completed I’ve read lots of books relating to specific qualifications, but it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve really read lots of books relating to my own business and personal development. So, here the top 5 books which have had the greatest impact on me and my coaching business.
#1 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey
One of the all time popular and favourites amongst professionals who want to be the very best at what they do. It has clearly defined chapters according to the 7 habits, including diagrams and charts to demonstrate the paradigms and if you get the workbook it enables you to work through the chapters and start implementing for impactful business development. The book is involved, so create the time and space to give this your full attention; it’s worth it.
#2 The Business Coaching Handbook by Curly Martin
This is a great, hands on book to help business owners of any industry ‘be their own business coach’. From self-diagnosis from how committed you are to learning and changing to setting goals and creating compelling marketing. Business Coaching is all about creating change within yourself and your business and this delivers exactly that. With action boxes throughout the book it’s constantly challenging you to step outside of your comfort zone and create some accountability for positive business and personal development.
#3 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Originally published in 1937 its prevalence is still completely valid. If you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction and follow Paul McKenna, have an interest in NLP then this reiterates all the thinking surrounding this, only Napoleon Hill said it first. It offers case studies, anecdotes and stories of people and companies who have followed this ‘think and grow rich’ way of thinking to its fruition; just in case you need any more convincing about the business development potential.
#4 Strengths Finder by Tom Rath
A great book for team managers, leaders and career changers alike. Really useful for anyone who works closely with other people. Yes, all of you! It not only helps define how you like to work best and the people you thrive working with, but also helps to define others learning traits which can pinpoint what you can do to make professional relationships more productive. Giving great tools and tips help you do this, in an ‘Ideas for Action’ section for impactful personal and professional development.
#5 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I ‘read’ this book on audio. Wouldn’t usually do that, somehow my mouse and hand co-ordination went awry. This book gives a history of why he had two sets of thinking and which has been the most helpful, no prizes for guessing which Dad helped his 'grow rich' mindset the most! This was the first of the business development books I read and really started to breakdown my mindset and think about financial planning with more effect.
Clare at Meta4 has been running her own coaching and training business since 2007. Clare offers loads of great freebie resources to help you grow your business; they’re easy to implement, engaging and most of all they get you your business growth results!