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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: “How Google Works”

How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

During a Conscious Capitalism event this Spring in Chicago I had the pleasure of hearing Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, owner of Inc. Magazine and Fast Company, and longtime conscious capital innovator, speak.  During his presentation, he answered this question (or something close to...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “David and Goliath”

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

As you all now know, turning 50 and my twin boys leaving the proverbial nest are the milestones I face in 2016.  Reflecting on the latter, I was having a discussion with my long time Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) advisory group (AKA my Master Minds)...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Into Thin Air”

John Krakauer's Into Thin Air

Anyone that listens to our radio show, The Second Stage, or follows our Evolution Bookshelf blogs, knows that I love books, and more specifically, those that focus on business best practices.  But this past quarter, our selection for the Evolution book club was not...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Contagious Culture”

Create a Contagious Culture in your business

As an entrepreneur, one of the most rewarding perks is the continuous learning journey that we are all on.  Surrounding ourselves with communities of fellow business owners, whether through entrepreneurial peer groups, conferences or reading, is crucial in growing both personally and professionally.  And...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

The 7 Habits by Stephen R. Covey

A flurry of priorities and commitments pulling me in numerous directions, as the lines between personal and professional life continue to become blurrier and blurrier for us all; I want to share a resource that I recently revisited to help focus my attention on...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Reclaiming Conversation”

Reclaiming Conversation on the Evolution Bookshelf

Reclaiming Conversation was recommended by Adam Kaufman, a longtime friend that was a member of my first Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) forum back in 2001.  Of course way back in 2001 the group was called Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO), permitting only members under the age...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Start With Why”

Simon Sinek's "Start With Why"

Our book club pick for this past quarter at Evolution was Simon Sinek’s Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action.  Having heard Simon Sinek speak in the past, as he is a favorite among the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, I had for...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “10% Happier”

To be 10 Percent Happier, Meditate!

I keep a Microsoft Outlook task list of books highly recommended to me. Currently, the list has over 100 books. I average tackling 2-4 books per month, however the list never seems to shorten. Learning truly is a continual journey. On my list I...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive”

Patrick Lencioni's The Four Obsessions

The more I read, the more I realize just how much there is to learn about business leadership. Contemplating how much information is out there is overwhelming, yet exciting. As entrepreneurs, we are on a continual learning journey. This month’s book pick is The...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Startup Communities”

Brad Feld's Startup Communities

As one of the organizers and a participant in the 2014 EO Thrive conference held here in Cleveland, I was thrilled to have Martin Babinec, the founder of TriNet and an entrepreneur passionate about building entrepreneurial ecosystems, as one of the keynote speakers. As...

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