Thou Shall Prosper, by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Highly recommended - from Publishers Weekly, "Combining pop psychology, snippets of Jewish lore, homespun homilies and quotations from a daunting variety of sources, Lapin offers a manual on how to make money by succeeding in business." One of the best books on business and life that we've read.
The Go Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann. An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb "Give and you shall receive".
Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, by Donald T. Phillips. Lincoln on Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world.
Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. A quick read - if time management is an issue, consider this for motivation.
Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 2.0: Scaling Up, by Verne Harnish. This book is a compilation of best practices adapted from some of the best-run firms on the planet.
Never Give In, by Stephen Mansfield. A study of Winston Churchill's leadership and character.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey. A classic, should be required reading for all business owners.
The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Joseph Schwartz. The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community.
Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way, by Dan Carrison, Rod Walsh. A best-selling, leadership classic, showing how to adapt the principles that have made the U.S. Marine Corps an example of top-flight leadership to your business.
Staying current with the industry is important - and there are a number of free quality magazines available to construction-business owners. Our recommendations (all links open in a new window):
All construction-related business owners:
Remodeling or renovation contractors:
New Home Builders: Builder Magazine
The Asphalt Contractor Magazine
Concrete Contractor Magazine
Electrical Contractor Magazine
Grading & Excavation Contractor Magazine
HVACR Business Magazine
Irrigation & Green Industry Magazine
Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine
Official Magazine (plumbing)
Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine
Roofing Contractor Magazine
Underground Construction Magazine
Utility Contractor Magazine
Walls & Ceilings Magazine
World of Asphalt Show & Conference