In the past week a few people have asked me for business book recommendations. Here are a few of my all time favorites.
- Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
Interviewing is one of the most important skills a business owner can develop. The methodology for interviewing described in this books is fantastic. I became a much better interviewer after reading this book.
2. A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business by Ari Weinzweig
Ari Weinzweig is a hero to many in the restaurant world and the business he co-founded with Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s Deli, is a national treasure. This book covers a variety of topics and is a great place to start if you don’t know “what you don’t know”.
3. Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
New York City’s top restaurateur, Danny Meyer, details his philosophy on customer service, leadership and how to grow a business.
4. Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith
A quick read packed with lots of great insights and fun stories. As someone who has struggled with marketing this books was immensely helpful.
5. The Profit Zone by Adrian Slywotzky and David Morrison
Why are some businesses immensely profitable while others barely make any money? In this book, the authors describe several models for creating not only a successful business, but one, that makes fat profits.
6. How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
This short book takes a deep dive into the causes behind some epic business failures. A great read for anyone running a successful business, but also worthwhile for those interested in creating a long term, sustainable enterprise.
7. Small Giants by Bo Burlingham
This books breaks down what make a business “great”. It also challenges the notion that for a business to be great it has to be big.