Reading is one of the most important things a human being should do, let alone an entrepreneur! Here is a list of 5 books for businessmen that you should add to your reading list if you have not yet read them.
Blue Ocean Strategy will help you think in ways of creating innovative strategies that will make you stand out from your competitors. As an entrepreneur, when you start your business you will have more and more competition. In this book, this is described as a “Red Ocean” – where competitors fight in the water for the market share. It emphasizes the idea of pushing yourself to find “Blue Ocean”, meaning untouched and clear from competition where you have a completely new and free market with no competition.
A study was made to see what separates a good company from a great one. One of the main things that influences it is actually company culture that the manager influences. Here in the blogs, we mention the importance of company culture and how it comes into being or how it can be changed. It is no doubt that this is a good book for businessmen to at least give a quick skim. The company culture blog can be found here.
This book outlines all the most important concepts that students are usually taught in business schools. This is all done in a very simple way that some universities even have a hard time explaining. It goes into relative detail and teaches the key aspects while cutting out all the unnecessary/complicated parts during university studies.
No matter what business you have, it is important to make friends. Without making friends, you won’t be able to efficiently retain clients. This is a must-read to help businessmen form relationships with other people. Dale Carnegie published it in 1936 and it is still relevant today. It is a simple read with clear guidelines and examples that you can apply straight away.
If you want to attain certain power (and you will need power if you want to have a successful business), this book helps you outline some things to remember and understand. It will change your way of thinking and possibly even acting. Not all of the laws can be applicable to everyone, but to a large extent Robert Greene did a good job explaining each “law” along with why and how it works. Each law is explained in its own chapter. There is a description, followed by a few stories and examples (some historical), which is then analyzed to give a general concluding explanation.
Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor from 161 till 180 AD, wrote a series of personal writings describing his views on life and showcasing the stoic philosophy. Businessman or not, this book will help deal with anything life throws at you. Though this book is more about self-improvement and not directly business related, it is worth mentioning and definitely worth reading. It will help you keep a cool head when conflicts arise and everything is clashing all around. The Stoic philosophy is simple and it works, and if you will read Meditations and appreciate how the Roman leader was thinking, you will understand why he was pronounced one of the Five Good Emperors.