We asked the people interviewed for issue 8 of homeWORK magazine which books inspired them to find success in business and achieve financial growth. Here are five top recommendations.
Founder at YoBike, The Light Bulb
“I’ve learned a lot from this book. It was written by the Co-founder of LinkedIn and explores how to start your company. In the initial stages of your start-up you need to remember that the idea isn’t everything – it’s about growing your company faster in order to generate more capital, but you also need to grow in a way that is responsible. It is a very interesting book.”
Featuring case studies from numerous prominent tech businesses such as Airbnb and WeChat, Blitzscaling offers a specific set of practices for catalysing and managing dizzying growth in burgeoning start-ups. Prioritising speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, it illustrates how businesses can accelerate to generate maximum value. Using the framework provided by Hoffman and Yeh, readers will learn how to design business models that simultaneously support growth at a furious pace and capture market share, as well as how to navigate the necessary shifts in strategy needed at each level of scale.
Co-founder at Jubel Beer, Edinburgh House
“Jim Koch started a brewery called Samuel Adams Boston Lager and it’s now the biggest craft brewery in the United States. It’s really cool to hear the journey they’ve gone on. It’s a fantastic book.”
Koch offers unprecedented insights into the whirlwind ride from scrappy start-up to a thriving public company. His refreshingly honest tales combined with an unprecedented business make for interesting, counterintuitive lessons that are applicable to both life and work. A fun, engaging guide for building a career or launching a successful business based on your passions, Quench Your Own Thirst is the key to the ultimate dream: being successful while doing what you love. He also has surprising advice on sales, marketing, hiring and company culture. Koch’s anecdotes, quirky musings and bits of wisdom go far beyond brewing.
Founder at The Black Farmer, Parkhall Business Centre
“The greatest mistake that businesses make after they’ve been through the start-up stage is taking their foot off the gas – and then they start to fail. The book is about how to make sure businesses become comfortable with uncertainty and don’t drift into survival mode. It’s a bit of a kick up the arse.”
Award-winning entrepreneur Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones argues that our natural instinct for caution is one of the greatest barriers to making progress in life. Drawing on a life that has taken him from a deprived childhood in innercity Birmingham to becoming one of the nation’s most famous farmers, he demonstrates how we can all go further by learning to escape the fears that stop us from achieving our ambitions. He shows that only by embracing jeopardy and liberating ourselves from the shackles of uncertainty and self-doubt can we realise our full potential. (Turn to page 14 to read about Emmanuel-Jones’ life story.)
Founder of Stress-Less Fitness, Club Workspace Clerkenwell Workshops
“This book was a gamechanger for me. Sapolsky questions why we as human beings can create stress from just a thought, while animals create stress from a situation. It gives great tips and tricks on how to reduce stress that you feel on a daily basis through being mindful. I highly recommend it.”
Robert M. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humour and practical advice, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses.
Founder at Bodyshot Performance, Parkhall Business Centre
“I wrote Rise & Shine to increase awareness of burnout and what causes it. I hope that it will both help those who are already suffering and those who are not yet on that path, who want to adopt a ‘prevention rather than cure’ approach to their health. Ultimately, it’s about healthspan not lifespan. Let’s live long and full lives, unblighted by the misery caused by poor mental and physical health. This book will help you achieve that.”
Rise & Shine shows you how to spot the signs of professional burnout, recover, and go on to enjoy a happier, healthier life and career. Gain inspiration from real stories of people who have bounced back from burnout; apply tried and tested techniques designed to help you make a full recovery; adopt a balanced lifestyle built around healthspan not lifespan. This book is a mustread for any person in a senior position and high-pressure environment. Whether you’re just starting to see the tell-tale signs of burnout, or are already suffering its crippling effects, this book will help to give you clarity on where you currently are in life, and what steps may be necessary to make a successful recovery.
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