The cooler weather and waning daylight of Fall is creeping in, and the idea of lighting a fire and settling down with a good book (and maybe a hot toddy) is becoming more appealing. We’ve gathered reading recommendations from thought leaders in the remodeling industry — take a look at what they’ve been reading and add them to your list!
Dave Bryan, President, Blackdog Builders Inc.
“The Highest Calling” by Larry Janesky
An uplifting story about a remodeling contractor and the struggles, challenges and ultimate triumph of trying to make a business work.
“The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary Chapman
A powerful way to think about how you express love to your partner and how you receive it as well.
Jackie Shaw, Founder, Get Organized!
“Arrested Development” by David C. Couper
Couper’s Principles of Quality Leadership and his account of the struggles and success in changing police-force culture are an incredible resource for all leaders.
Tanya Bamford, Managing Director, R/A Marketing
“Sales Bible” by Jeffrey Gitomer
A great look at how to use outstanding customer service as a sales tool, and how to generate more leads, ask the right questions to close a deal, and help in developing your own strategies and methods.
Rick Strachan, Group President, Hanley Wood
“Principles” by Ray Dalio
It’s got great advice about running your business as a meritocracy and describes effective ways to make decisions, apprpach challenges and build strong teams.
Jeremy Martin, Principal, RisherMartin
“Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
After reviewing 150 strategic initiatives over a century by companies across industries, the book concludes that lasting success comes creating “blue oceans” ― untapped market spaces — and not beating the competition. It provides a systematic approach to making your competition irrelevant while outlining the principles and tools you can use to create and capture your own blue oceans.
Donny Wyatt, Founder and CEO, Co-Construct
“Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” by Chip heath and Dan Heath
By using your rational mind in concert with your emotional mind — and not letting competing thoughts drag you into inaction — the authors show you how to effect real and transformative changes. Successful changes follow a pattern, and you can learn hot to do it.
Ken Kirsch, President, MAK Design+Build Inc.
“The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
The book, set in novel form, says the goal of an individual or an organization should not be defined in absolute terms. A good definition of a goal is one that sets us on a path of ongoing improvement.
Big thanks to everyone who contributed recommendations! What have you been reading that’s had an effect on your life or business? Let us know in the comments.
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