Recommended Reading

Here is a collection of books that I can wholeheartedly recommend. Many times what I do is to purchase the book in eBook format (Kindle or nook) and if it is worthy of shelf-space, I actually purchase the paper copy.

While this may sound a little redundant, it does save a bit of money as eBooks are generally cheaper than paper and there are a lot of books that I simply never finish because I get bored. You will not be bored with these books.

Strengths Finder 2.0

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever heard is to focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. But what if you do not know your strengths?

Get this book, take the Strengths Finder test using the enclosed coupon, and find out.  This is all part of my "Getting to know you" series.

The One Page Business Plan

We have all heard that to start a business requires you to create a business plan - and indeed, it is easier to work with a plan than without one. This book really simplifies the creation of your business plan and shows you how to, literally, create just a single page that helps you plan your business goals.

Unlike some business plans which are used to show investors, get funding, etc., then thrown into a drawer and forgotten, The One Page Business Plan can be used as a living document and constantly updated as the business and goals change.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

According to, I purchased this book back in 2002, which sounds about right. While I have read untold numbers of business-related books in the past few years, I think that this one book, is the most important of them all and the one that I gift more than any other.

Bounce: The Art of Turning Tough Times into Triumph

This is a great little book that is very easy to read, has a wonderful story, and has a great message about resiliency.

The Janitor: How an Unexpected Friendship Transformed a CEO and His Company

Another great little book that is very easy to read, has a wonderful story.

The Janitor was inspired by Todd Hopkins's personal experiences of interviewing overqualified retired businessmen for evening shift janitorial positions. Todd's applicants consistently would say they simply needed something to do. In this fable, janitor Bob Tidwell helps Roger to reevaluate how he is leading his business and his life. Bob's counsel is based upon six principles that Todd and coauthor Ray Hilbert discovered have the most impact on succeeding in business while holding together a personal life. Their insightful advice is delivered in a real-to-life story that inspires you to find greater fulfillment in your life.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as I have and please let me know your experiences.