While goals are likely the first thing you think of when you start a new year, I always find myself looking at new books to read. I always have a list of books that I need to read. Some of them have been on there for quite awhile, yet others have only recently been added.
I read a lot. So I love to start out the new year with looking at recommendations and what books are on my list to read. This gives me a great start to the year and some ideas of what my goals should be for the next 3 months (I want to do goal planning every 12 weeks).
If you are looking for a couple of book recommendations, consider adding these to your list to get your year started off on the right foot.
The Advantage by Patrick M. Lencioni
The Advantage is a great book for any business that is growing rapidly and wanting to make sure they have their processes and systems setup and in place to help their leaders grow successfully. I found this book to be a quick read and have been able to apply pieces of the the advice in the book to my daily life.
Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal
If you are building products, it’s important that you take a look at this book. Nir walks you through the idea that your product helps to build habits inside of your users. As a product person, you want to know how your customers use your products. This book will not only help you with understanding how to think about your users, but will also help set the stage to your own thought process to build better products and how and what habits will be formed.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley, Roger L. Martin
Playing to Win is all about the proven business strategy for P&G. It gives you one of the best (to my knowledge anyways) frameworks for thinking about how you should setup and think about your business success and growth. If you are looking for a way to organize your company and want a framework to help assist you, this book is for you.
The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran
I love it when I can find a personal framework to apply to my daily life. The 12 Week Year is just that. This book walks you through a perfect framework to apply to your daily work so that you can become more productive, achieve your goals quicker, and grow your business. The idea of “Work Hard, Play Hard” is something I found this book to align with.
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Founders of the software development company 37 Signals, Jason and DHH take the industrial revolution by storm. For decades the idea that you all had to be located under 1 (or at least in buildings where coworkers are) roof to do work, but to hire the best people, to do their best work, it doesn’t always mean that you need to be in the same location, timezone or even country. Remote: Office Not Required walks you through the latest in technology advancements, allows you and your team to have real-time collaboration and allow your business to succeed.
UX for lean startups by Laura Klein
It’s essential to have good User Experience in your products today. But if you’ve been part of the design process, you know that it can take significant resources in both time and money. Laura aims to help you look at how to take the design process and make it faster using smarter Lean UX techniques. This book will show you how to gather valuable input from customers, build something they will love, and reduce the time it takes to get your product out the door.
Visual Meetings by David Sibbet
I’m a visual person. When someone not only tells me what the concept is they are talking about but also shows me through some sort of visual graphic, it helps reinforce their points. This book teaches you the same things that are happening in meetings in Silicon Valley. You’ll learn how to make better sales presentations, energize team building, and help you get beyond the paper and whiteboards to help you engage in new media platforms.
Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder
If you are just starting a business or wanting to grow your business, working through this workbook, book, you will guarantee that you are setting yourself up for success. Alexander will not only give you the tools you need, but you can download many of the resources so that you’re able to complete the exercises yourself and apply them to your business.
Hopefully these books will give you the edge you need to level up your business and personal strategies. You’ll be amazed at what doing a little reading can do for your business. Do you have a favorite book that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments!