7 Small Business Management Books for Owners

Sep 15, 2020

The 7 Best Small Business Management Books

Being a small business owner can be hard work, but not for a lack of resources! There are enough available small business management books to fill a library, but that can also be an obstacle to small business owners who don’t know where to begin.

With 15 years of business ownership under his belt, we figured that CEO Brian Mattingly would be a great resource – read on below to see what we found when we studied his bookshelf!

  1. Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
    Being a small business owner means thinking on your feet – and Gladwell does a great job of describing how even the most blink-of-an-eye decision can be the right one.
  2. The ONE Thing, by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan
    Want to establish great habits within your business? Focus on ONE thing. Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan show you how to: “cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy, stay on track, [and] master what matters to you.”
  3. Selling with a Noble Purpose, by Lisa Earle McLeod
    There’s no better way to sell something (whether it’s the items you sell, your business itself, or yourself as a business owner) than to truly believe in it. Lisa Earle McLeod lays out how truly believing that you can help make your customers’ lives better can help you shatter goals and set new personal records.
  4. Good to Great, by James C. Collins
    James Collins was always bothered by a question: how do some companies overcome mediocrity, or even very poor starts, and become effective powerhouses? Over 15 years, he and his team studied the inner workings of companies that went from good to great (including Coca-Cola and GE), and the good news? Their results can be applied to your business!
  5. Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
    In storytelling format, Lencioni presents the story of a CEO who must unite a fragmented team or face dire business consequences. Throughout her efforts to bring her team together, Lencioni illuminates the 5 primary ways that even the best team can struggle – and how to beat them.
  6. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
    In his leadership classic, Dale Carnegie leads his readers through foolproof methods for developing your own influence and winning others to your side – without creating resentment.
  7. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
    How are habits developed? How do they work? How can they help you achieve success? Charles Duhigg examines all these questions and more and shows you how you can create habits of your own that will lead you to business success.

What else do you need for management success? We suggest turn-key marketing solutions and a support team that wants to help your business succeed.

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