Professional development is often thought of as something you do for your staff, but if you want your business to grow, you really should be investing in yourself.
Change is inevitable and if you are not keeping up with what is going on around you in the world of business, you will see your relevance in the market diminish.
The easiest and most cost effect way to develop your own skills and keep up with the ever changing demands of your clients is to read.
There is no easier way to improve your skill set than getting your hands on practical, usable information. Your return on investment will be huge.
Who Moved My Cheeseby Dr Spencer Johnson
Around one hundred pages of pure genius. This is simple, easy to understand logic of how to adapt to the situation at hand. The metaphor is profound. It will give you insights into how to handle change that are valuable in both you professional and personal live.
Take an hour to read this enlightening story.
Think and Grow Richby Napoleon Hill
Written in 1937 this is a book about success. The title is a telling sign of what it offers. It took Napoleon Hill twenty years to write this practical resource that has a life time of lessons. He studied successful business men such as steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Alexander Graham Bell to name a few.
While the book is from another century and times have certainly changed, the habits of the successful remain constant, which is why I have to put this on the list. It will change the way you think about money and success.
The Pumpkin Planby Mike Michalowicz
This is certainly an unconventional way to look at business, but Michalowicz entertains in the same moment as his lessons become clear. The giant pumpkin farmer metaphor is a fascinatingly logical new frame within which to structure a business.
This is a book you won’t be able to put down, because you’ll want to incorporate his practical measures into your business as soon as possible.
The Suitcase Entrepreneurby Natalie Sisson
In this era of social media, internet and a global market, Sisson’s book is a practical guide to creating a business with more flexibility and freedom.
You may not wish to become completely location independent, but this will give you the means to improve your business in ways you hadn’t imagined possible.
She Takes on the Worldby Natalie MacNeil
This one is for the ladies, sorry gents! MacNeil is completely passionate about empowering women to create more wealth through entrepreneurial pursuits. She herself is an inspirational Emmy winner and has a practical style that enables her teachings to be easily incorporated into your business.
An absolute must read for any female business owner.
If you don’t invest in your own development your business will surely suffer.