Continuing Education for Entrepreneurs

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What inspires you to get up and get it done every day?  The answer may be different for every entrepreneur, but you’ll find plenty of motivating ideas in this new crop of business books.

In the daily press of running a business, it’s tough to step back and take a breath. And when you do, reading business books might not be the first thing on your I-have-a-minute-to-myself list. But there’s a vast wealth of business knowledge at your fingertips, and it doesn’t take much time to reap the benefit. Consider reading just 10 pages a day. This steady diet of small, informative bites can feed your brain and your business.

Not sure what to read? We’ve got your summer syllabus right here. Dennis McCafferty at Baseline Magazine outlines 10 new titles cover a range of business topics to help you boost your day-to-day job performance, career accomplishments, and overall satisfaction, improve your professional network, lead teams more effectively and regain a sense of purpose. Be sure to check the book links to confirm a book’s availability date.

1. The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business (Knopf)

By Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Synopsis: Two Google visionaries explore how technology, business and global affairs are becoming increasingly connected.

2. 9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Teams (Career Press)

By Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O’Connell

Synopsis: Master the nine traits that define teams that can tackle anything, including thinking laterally and establishing—and enforcing—team norms.

3. This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want (AMACOM)

By Andrea Kay

Synopsis: Gain insights as to how to convey your character, abilities and values in a way that will land you a great position.

4. Stick With It: Mastering the Art of Adherence (McGraw-Hill Education)

By Lee Colan and Julie Davis-Colan

Synopsis: An idea is only as good as the individual or team that sees it through from start to finish. This book is based on interviews with 20,000 managers.

5. HeadTrash: Cleaning Out the Junk That Stands Between You and Success (Emerald Book Company)

By Tish Squillaro and Tim Thomas

Synopsis: “Headtrash” traits are the thought patterns and emotional tendencies that hinder your ability to respond to business issues in a productive and professional way.

6. The Clarity Principle: How Great Leaders Make the Most Important Decision in Business (and What Happens When They Don’t) (Jossey-Bass)

By Chatham Sullivan

Synopsis: Turf wars, low morale and bad politics are rooted in a failure to understand what an organization is supposed to be. That’s when leaders restore clarity of vision.

7. Business Is Beautiful: The Hard Art of Standing Apart (LID Publishing)

By Jean-Batiste Danet, Nick Liddell, Lynne Dobney, Dorothy MacKenzie and Tony Allen

Synopsis: Find out how 30 companies achieved success by adopting contrarian and unique techniques and methods.

8. What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential (Harvard Business Review Press)

By Robert Steven Kaplan

Synopsis: Do you feel you have the motivation to achieve your potential, but don’t know how to get there? Consider this guide from a Harvard Business School professor.

9. Manager 3.0: A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management (AMACOM)

By Brad Karsh and Courtney Templin

Synopsis: Millennial managers should know how to bridge the gap between the hierarchical management style of executives and the more collaborative approach of their peers.

10. Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age (Atria Books)

By  Porter Gale

Synopsis: Instead of thinking of networking as a purely transactional experience, focus on real connections with those who share your passions and values.

Adapted from Elevate Your “Pro Game” With These Spring Books,” by Dennis McCafferty at Baseline Magazine. Follow Baseline Magazine on Twitter.