The Book List #44

The Book List #44

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

year: 1985 | pages: 269 | rating: 4/5

The The E-Myth Revisited deals with two major misconceptions about running a business: that every small business owner is an entrepreneur and the assumption that working on your business is the same as working in your business. This book is an absolute must-read for business owners and while on occasion the writing is a little cheesy there are plenty of really important topics discussed in a clear, informative manner, which will help you grow your business in a productive and successful way.

Do Purpose: Why brands with a purpose do better and matter more by David Hieatt

year: 2014 | pages: 128 | rating: 5/5

David Hieatt presents the principles of a purpose driven brand and shows you how you can apply them to your own by building your culture, defining your purpose, and doing one thing really well. This book has jumped right to the top of my list of books every creative should read. Do Purpose reinvigorated my passion for cultivating a purpose for my brand and expressing it clearly through all my actions. It's a quick read yet intensely powerful and I urge you to get a copy now.

Do Improvise: Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A New Approach to Work (and Life) by Robert Poynton

year: 144 | pages: 2013 | rating: 2/5

A disappointing read following Do Purpose, Do Improvise is a book for extoverts that revel in improvisation, team building exercises, and role-play. For introverts, such as myself, the exercises suggested in this book are our worst nightmare. Robert Poynton attempts to provide ways in which we can deal with the unplanned and the unexpected by embracing the situation by making it our advantage by "winging it" and improvising. Do Improvise promises to help you become more productive without trying harder; help overcome creative blocks and generate new ideas; respond to circumstances beyind your control; help inspire and motivate others. Unfortunately it fails to deliver since it only offers one method of doing so that is undoubtedly only suited to the behaviour of extroverts.

Do Disrupt: Change the status quo. Or become it. by Mark Shayler

year: 2013 | pages: 96 | rating: 4/5

Do Disrupt is a workbook about disrupting the way in which we do things, challenging us to think differently and to encourage ideas that will change the world (or at least our own.) It's all about thinking big, being innovative, and making a difference. I enjoyed this book more than Do Improvise but not nearly as much as Do Purpose. It's great if you're interested in exercises (involving writing and drawing, not role-playing) to challenge your creativity, encourage you to try something new, and develop existing ideas.