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.
“Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.” – Ray Dalio Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio comes as a recommendation from our past summer associate, whom I have mentioned before. He introduced me to the...read more
Scaling Up Excellence has been on my reading list for some time now, but it took a recent conversation with one of our leaders, Sergio Pessoa, President of Lewellyn Technologies, LLC, to bump it to the top of the list. Our discussion was around...read more
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. ...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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