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Friday Focus: Turning the Pages of Business Inspiration

Jan 11, 2013

As we gear up in the new year, we all hope to make not only better decisions for our own careers and personal lives but also better decisions for our business. The following reads provide insight into the best practices, leadership skills and alternative approaches to daily business challenges.

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IMT Career Journal previously provided some reads to aid your professional goals, but in search of feedback from other perspectives, we asked: What books inspired better business decisions and why? Here's what a few professionals had to say about their favorite reads on decision-making:


Read: The One Minute Manager Series by Kenneth H. Blachard

Why: "These books are very small, easy to read and contain a lot of really valuable insight into the best managerial practices. Even the parody Last Minute Manager is useful as it highlights the kind of behavior that causes so many problems."-Anthony Sutcliff, IT Team Leader at Delphi Diesel Systems


Read: Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Why: "Remember how many times in your life you've been given a choice? You can watch TV or you can study for your test tomorrow. You can start generating income now or you can go to college. Were you really forced to choose only one? In his new book, Great by Choice, author Jim Collins clarifies this counterfeit choice. He says people who end up 'great' don't oppress themselves with the Tyranny of the OR, which pushes people to think things must be either A or B but not both. Instead, these people liberate themselves with the Genius of the AND.

  • You can: Start making money and go to school

  • Have a job where you love the environment and get paid very well

  • Be disciplined and creative

  • Set goals and be spontaneous

  • Live out your passion and make an extraordinary income

  • Go to college and stay debt-free

  • Drive a fun car and be responsible

Don't get caught in artificial or choices. In most situations you can look for and solutions and enjoy the best of both. Remember the Genius of the AND. What choice did you make where now you see you could have had both?" -Patrick McFadden, marketer, blogger, thought leader, teacher


Read: The Oz Principle by Tom Smith

Why: "The book is a simple and clear message about accountability as it relates to leadership."- Robert Chapman, Director of Corporate Quality at prarieFyre Software


Read: Handbook of Managerial Tactics by Richard H. Buskirk

Why: "Perhaps the best business focused book I have seen is this book, which I first read over 30 years ago. It is every bit as good and timely today as it was when it was first published.

The jacket cover includes the following quote: 'Success in business depends more upon the tactics used by managers than the basic merit of the plan being executed.'

This is the book successful business tacticians don't want you to read because it would tell you what took them years to learn."-Charles Caro, Executive Director at Rebounders United


Read: The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Why: "The book offers useful suggestions on how a small business owner can grow an extraordinary business. Mike's assessment plan is a great tool to help entrepreneurs take a hard look at their business to find the weeds (clients) that are not productive and eliminate them. It's not easy to say "no" but it is necessary, if a business owner wants an extraordinary business, and still has time to spend with friends and family. If you don't have a balanced life, you won't truly be a success."-Gloria Rand, SEO copywriter and social media marketer for the travel industry


Read: Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

and Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got: 21 Ways You Can - Think, Out Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition by Jay Abraham

Why:" [Built to Sell] is an amazing book. It explains what type of business is attractive to investors looking to purchase businesses. It's a great guide to building a highly successful business.

Also, Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got by Jay Abraham is fantastic. It makes you think outside the box and get better results. " -Steve Fitzpatrick, podcast show host at Typical Business, owner of Digital Domination Web Design & Search Marketing Company