Recommended Reading

Tips on reading and learning: 30/10/5 –  If you want to remember more and understand more deeply the new principles you will come into contact with through your studies then follow this suggestion and you will.

Read for 30 minutes, write notes for yourself on what you have learned for 10 minutes and then explain this learning to someone else for 5 minutes.

Keep a “learning log” or “journal” where you jot these things down, it is a powerful discipline to get into, it can also be where you record the “wins” that you achieve both personally and in your business. 

The act of explaining to someone about what you have learned makes you the teacher and will deepen your understanding and “lock in” your learning.

I believe every owner of a small business would benefit from reading or listening to these:-

time front page 7 Time Management Essentials - Steve Shaw  - The most important topic for everyone. How to get more done with the available time. Steve gives practical techniques to employ with his "Action Plan" approach to ensure you take away the best ideas. Once it's gone it's gone forever, so learn how to take control of your relationship with time, this guide will help you do exactly that.
7 Finance Essentials - Steve Shaw – An essential financial guide for owners of small businesses. Clear explanations of all the finance reports needed to make informed decisions as you grow and develop. Each essential has a detailed Action Plan keeping it simple and straight forward to implement.
The E-myth revisited - Michael Gerber – this book describes what all business owners can relate to in the challenges of building a small business. His advice on business structuring, mental and physical disciplines to adopt are solid and sound.

Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki – Very readable and will give you some new thoughts on building a secure financial future.

The Cash Flow Quadrant - Robert Kiyosaki - The follow-up to "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" expands on his Cashflow concepts and should help your decide which is the best quadrant for you.

7 Habits of Highly Successful People –  Steven Covey - Great principles to embrace and apply through your life and in your business, make them your "habits" and you will see the benefits.

Product Details The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - John Maxwell - Discover what determines Leadership, understand the impact it has on an organisation and learn how to practice the  skills to climb your ladder of leadership.

Selling the Invisible - Harry Beckwith – In this the argument is well made that everyone sells the invisible, however, a must read for all service businesses.

Sell it Today Sell it  NOW – Tom Hopkins – A template that is easy to remember, develop, use and continue to improve.

How to make people like you in 90 seconds or Less – Nicholas Boothman – terrific insights that will help you understand and use human instincts to work for you.

Good to Great – Jim Collins – Through a very well structured, planned and implemented research project, the results are fascinating with some great lessons every aspiring business leader can learn from.

Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins – Do you want to know what motivates your team? In fact, you as well. This work explains the human “motive for action” and how to use it to great effect.

Eat that Frog – Brian Tracy – As well as the catchy title some good advice about how to get more of the important stuff done.

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – Susan Jeffers – A classic that will help you deal with procrastination and help overcome the mental blocks we build that slows our progress.

The Richest Man in Babylon – George Clason – Great simple financial management principles that we think should be taught at school, read it yourself and get a copy for your kids.

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill – The classic work that will never date, the principles in this study of human success are tied to the fact that we are human. Suggest you read the Updated version as well as the original.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus – John Gray – If you are interested in the science behind the gender difference, this is a must. If you want to improve your communications skills and understand how the mind of the opposite sex works then study this.

Whale Done – Ken Blanchard – The principles of positive reinforcement and how to develop a culture that rewards and encourages continual improvement. Great messages to help build your team.

The Law of Attraction – An amusing and very informative work on human psychology and how we can improve our ability to communicate, set our own subconscious goals and achieve more. 

The One Minute Manager – K Blanchard & S Johnson – One of the best selling works on how to get the most from your team. Easy to read, remember and implement.

Instant Advertising – Brad Sugars – A practical “how to” book guiding you through the principles of advertising, great examples and ideas you will be able to adopt for yourself.

Who Moved My Cheese – Dr. Spencer Johnson – A simple story that illustrates one of the most important topics in business. How we react to change, read it and decide which mouse is you and which mouse you need to be to survive and flourish.