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Evolution Book Shelf

Entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar hurdles throughout their careers – personnel conflicts, undefined business paths and financial woes. Industry leaders have analyzed these common issues and have come up with a variety of solutions – often filling the pages of books with their insights and lessons learned. While there are many educational resources at your fingertips, the following list of books are our top choices for small business owners.

Evolution Bookshelf: Give and Take

Another recommended read for the year: Give and Take by Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist. I was so captivated by Grant’s theories that I was actually disappointed when the book ended. Give and Take interestingly highlights three types of people: takers, matchers and givers. ...

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Evolution Bookshelf: The Great Game of Business

It was over 10 years ago that, for the first time, I read The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham. The book made such an impression that I traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to spend a few days with Mr. Stack...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Never Split the Difference

Two books in a row that I’m putting on my “re-read” list! Last month, it was Good People by Anthony Tjan. This month the title is Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss & Tahl Raz....

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Evolution Bookshelf: Good People

In February of this year, one of my favorite ambassadors and writers for small businesses, Bo Burlingham, wrote an article for Forbes featuring Cue Ball, a venture firm built around human capital (a firm that over the past year four or five people have...

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Evolution Book Shelf: Steve Jobs Says Be Willing to Fail & Ask for Advice (Interview Commentary)

Occasionally, I have the good fortune to speak to young people about entrepreneurship, opening the idea of self-employment as a career alternative. For the last few years, Denea Jackson (Evolution’s office manager) has facilitated the opportunity to present this message to the fourth-grade class...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Comments and discussion with Eyes Wide Open author Isaac Lidsky

At Evolution Capital Partners our purpose is to serve and inspire small business owners that we identify as Evolutionary leaders: continuous learners trying to build something bigger than themselves, something having a sustainable impact on the employees and communities they serve. Recently, I was...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Between the World and Me

I’ll start this post by mentioning my favorite read in 2016, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.  This book inspired me to believe that anything is possible and that the American Dream is still alive and well.  So, with this being said, during one of my...

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Evolution Bookshelf: The Power of Broke by Daymond John

  The Power of Broke was the selection for our 2016 third quarter book club discussion and honestly, it would not have been my first choice. But it has been fun to read the titles the team picks that are outside my long running...

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Evolution Bookshelf: 3 Books Every Small Business Owner Should Read

  Entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar hurdles throughout their careers – personnel conflicts, undefined business paths and financial woes. Industry leaders have analyzed these common issues and have come up with a variety of solutions – often filling the pages of books with...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Hillbilly Elegy”

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A timely deviation from my typical business focused titles, today’s book reflection is on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Describing his life growing up in small towns in Kentucky and Ohio prior to joining the...

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