FlitInc Reads: Professional Development & Business Strategy Books

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Summer officially hits this Friday! With summer comes the time to eat, relax and indulge in oneself. Books, books and more books is how I escape during the summer. No matter how you spend your days — on the plane to a fantastic destination or by the pool — this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on your reading list.  Here is my list of top reads that are great for indulging and growing your inner professional. All of these can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles, and maybe even at your local library or bookstore. Come back soon as this list will be updated throughout the summer.

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie​

I’d recommend this book to anyone because this book is something everyone should read. It provides solid advice on how to communicate and how to treat people, especially in a professional setting. Think of it as a master class on communication. Although, I will be the first to admit that I am not an avid self-help genre reader (this book basically gave birth to the industry), you can’t go wrong reading it and adopting some of its’ principles into your life.

2) She Means Business by Carrie Green

This is the only book on my list that I’d suggest solely for entrepreneurs. Carrie Green is a young entrepreneur from the UK that ran her first startup while she was in college. Now she runs an online platform for female entrepreneurs. She Means Business is a step by step book to tackling your first business. An abundance of source materials, stories, quotes, and journal entries are provided to keep the reader motivated. What I like the most about this book is that it is very useful and relatable. Everyone knows the road to success is hard and discouraging at times — it’s great to know you aren’t alone.

3) Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is officially one of my favorite authors, podcasters, and people. So it comes as no surprise that his third book, Outliers, doesn’t disappoint. “The Story of Success as it’s billed, is a miniseries on the triumphs of hard work. It tells the story of how ordinary people worked extremely hard to achieve extraordinary success. And how gifted people, sometimes, end up with an ordinary life. For the professional who doesn’t know the story of hard work, I’d suggest starting here. And for anyone who needs motivation to keep at their craft, I’d suggest picking up a copy of this excellent read today.

4) Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

 The inventor of TOMS shoe brand wrote a book about why starting something that makes a difference matters. It was published in 2011; since then, the terms social entrepreneur and social enterprise have gone viral.  This book is great for anyone who is interested in learning how to tell a story. Not just for entrepreneurs starting their own business but also for business professionals that are trying to sell products in niche markets. Blake weaves the origin story of TOMS into managing others, making employees and customers feel valued, and how to deliver and market a really great product. 

5) The One Thing by Gary Keller

 A must read for getting really specific and super focused on your ideas. Within the first few chapters, it will have you thinking differently about common concepts, for instance “multi-tasking.” Is there really such a thing? What I found beguiling about this fast-paced read is that it challenges you to think differently — to think more strategically about what you focus your time and efforts on. I’d recommend this book for those looking to increase their success rate but unsure of where to begin.