I am regularly asked to recommend books to clients that will help them overcome their business challenges. In fact, if you work with an ActionCOACH, you can’t really avoid books, whether physical pages or audio! Some of our clients hadn’t read a book since they left school but have become avid readers/listeners after starting again!
Here is a brief recommended reading list for business owners and budding entrepreneurs:
- The Business Coach – Brad Sugars
- The E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T Kiyosaki
- The Chimp Paradox – Dr Steve Peters
- Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
- Turn the Ship Around – Lt David Arquette
- Who Moved My Cheese – Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- The Law of Attraction – Michael Losier
- The Slight Edge – Jeff Olsen
- How to be Brilliant – Michael Heppell
- Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey – Ken Blanchard
- Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
- Instant Profit – Brad Sugars
- Instant Cashflow – Brad Sugars
- One Minute Millionaire – Mark Victor Hansen & Robert Allen
- Buying Customers – Brad Sugars
- Purple Cow – Seth Godin
- Guerilla Marketing – Jay Conrad Levinson
- Selling the Invisible – Harry Beckwith
- Instant Sales – Brad Sugars
- Little Red Book of Selling – Jeffrey Gitomer
- The Psychology of Selling – Brian Tracy
- Instant Team Building – Brad Sugars
- Whale Done – Ken Blanchard
- Fish! – Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul & John Christensen
This list is a starting point. If you are looking for further recommendations in specific areas of business, please see the Extended Reading List.
Workshop and Conference Learning Upcoming Events
We also run regular workshops (see Events Page) and hold an annual conference called Business Excellence Forum during which you’ll learn from 6-7 of the world’s best business speakers. This takes place in April each year and information is added to the Events page once registration opens.
Good for Auditory Learners
Audible is a great place to download Business books to listen to.
If you haven’t time to read a full book or want to listen to a summary to hear the salient points before buying, Binkist is an app with loads of Business book summaries. Great for fitting in some learning when you are short on time.
Podcasts are also a great way to access business learning.
Brad Sugars hosts “The Business Coach” podcast series where he interviews some of the top ActionCOACHes from around the world. They discuss what coaching has meant to them and the key business lessons and systems that have helped transform businesses all over the world.
Good for Auditory & Visual Learners
Listen to talks, books, interviews whilst you drive/run/relax
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When John first engaged with me, I backed off but quickly learned that he knew what he was talking about and made sense. He holds me to account and sets me weekly challenges which then impacts on the business. He has made me want to develop myself personally and this has impacted both the business and my life. He is a really great guy and working with him has surpassed all expectations.Thomas Perks, Director, Ground Support Services Ltd
"My first workshop with John inspired me to think bigger, and think about what could be. Talking through my business progress with John made me realise I was doing better than I thought, giving me the confidence to apply for the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce New Business Award 2019, of which I was thrilled to be a finalist. I am now taking part in the 90 day planning workshops which have been helping me develop as a business and plan the future growth of Hats & Tiaras."Isabel Wallis, Business Owner, Hats & Tiaras
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Thank you so much for your support with planning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it incredibly useful. Getting a few goals down in that level of detail feels really empowering and a lot more real now! I will definitely be recommending this session to my members."
"Working with John and ActionCOACH has been a great learning experience, helping to improve our business systems, strategy and management. John always knows the right questions to ask in order to help you get the best out of yourself. He's got a great way of looking at problems and working with you to help you find the right solution. He pushes you to think bigger and further than you might otherwise do alone."Liam O'Leary, MD, Laser Red
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