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7 Books Worth Reading During Small Business Week

Lead Yourself First! is filled with engaging stories and advice to help people everywhere live life to the fullest and take the lead in any work or personal challenge. By applying Michelle Ray’s simple, powerful life-changing lessons, you will discover how to influence and improve the quality of all your choices. Michelle Ray’s “One-Two Punch” approach will inspire you to: Address the fear of success and eliminate the fear of failure; Rise above toxic behavior and situations; Gain new insights into your values about money, opportunity, and success; Discover your dream career or business and live it!
Working mainly on your strengths can ultimately make you weaker, they argue–you need to continually add new skills, not rely on what you’re already good at. And while most people assume that means they should try to turn their weaknesses into usable skills, the Sindells say that it takes too much time and effort –the ROI just isn’t there. It’s in the neglected middle skills, neither strengths nor weaknesses, that the most potent development opportunities lie. They’re close enough to being strengths that putting your energy there can offer a powerful payoff.Using assessments, exercises, and case studies, the Sindells help you identify your most promising middle skills and create a plan to turn them into strengths. In today’s work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. Relying upon strengths is like relying upon training wheels – at a certain point you need to take them off in order to improve and grow.

This brief, clear, and accessible guide peppered with commentary from distinguished management gurus, contemporary entrepreneurs and dynamic millennial leaders will challenge readers and stimulate spirited discussion and action within any organization, inspiring positive change and new levels of excellence. In addition to contributions from Jim Collins, Marshall Goldsmith, and Judith Rodin, the book features new insights from some of today’s most influential leaders in business (GE and Salesforce.com), academia (Harvard Business School and Northwestern University), social enterprise (Levo League, Pencils of Promise and Why Millennials Matter) and the military (United States Military Academy), who have been directly influenced by Drucker’s theory of management.
Achieve More delivers relief for the overwhelmed. Part training manual, part spiritual guide, the book uncovers a total mental/physical/emotional formula to: stop reacting defensively; retrain natural responses to stress triggers; resolve conflicts harmoniously; energize fatigued teammates; and, relax in difficult situations. In today’s overbooked world, pressure is almost impossible to avoid. But with the tips, techniques, and exercises in Stress Less. Achieve More, you can turn it into your ally – and thrive under even the most demanding circumstances.
Biba Pedron will help you start and grow your business step by step and help you turn your passion into profit! Whether you already have a business or are just starting one, this book is your map!From finding your target market, creating your products and services, pricing, growing your visibility to becoming the go-to expert in your industry Start Your Dream Business Today is your must-have blueprint!
TTaking on Diversityaking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect by Rupert W. NacosteIn this enlightening book, a campus “diversity doctor” relates stories that individuals have shared with him about their anxieties in situations involving people who are in some way different than themselves. Dr. Rupert W. Nacoste regularly counsels students at North Carolina State University about their problems dealing with diversity of all kinds, including of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual-orientation. Here, he shares his most effective techniques for handling the unavoidable realities of being in a neo-diverse community, whether that means in college or America as a nation. The author’s proven “safe space” strategy can be applied to the campus, community groups, churches, and workplaces as a means to facilitate positive dialogue about diversity.

ecommerce deliveryeCommerce Delivery: How Your Delivery Strategy Can Increase Your Sales by Chloe Thomas

In eCommerce, how you get the product to the customer is a really important part of the puzzle. It can be summed up in one word as delivery, and when I talk about delivery I mean every aspect of it – how the customer perceives it, as well as how we can use it to increase retention and improve margins and efficiency.

Research undertaken around the world consistently shows delivery as a top cause of failure to purchase (57% of baskets were abandoned due to delivery, Royal Mail Delivery Matters 2014). So getting your delivery strategy right has a massive impact on your conversion rates. Get it right and see your sales thrive. Let’s face it we’ve all seen the impact of a free P&P weekend.

 

 

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