5 Must-Read Books for Business Success and Growth

In today’s dynamic business environment, gaining a competitive edge often hinges on strategic knowledge and insights. For professionals keen to excel, selecting the right books for business is essential. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a dedicated small business owner, or an experienced executive, these top books for business are indispensable to keep you informed and ahead of the curve.

“Profit First” by Mike Michalowicz: A Game-Changer for Financial Management in Business
This standout among business books revolutionises traditional accounting. “Profit First” offers a unique approach to managing your business’s finances, emphasising the importance of prioritising profit. It’s a vital read for entrepreneurs aiming to achieve financial stability and long-term business success. Personally coming from poverty this book has changed my relationship with money in my business, this is a book I constantly come back to.

“The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber: Essential Reading for Small Business Owners
Gerber’s insightful guide debunks common myths surrounding entrepreneurship and is a cornerstone among books for business success. It teaches you how to create scalable systems and processes, ensuring your small business flourishes. This was a book that when I read it (what feels like 5 years too late) I proceeded to fall down my own mental stairs in realising how I had made EVERY – SINGLE – MISTAKE it was nice to not feel alone and even better to have functional solutions.

“Content Inc” by Joe Pulizzi: Mastering Content Marketing
Among the top business books, “Content Inc.” outlines an effective content marketing strategy for the digital age. Pulizzi’s book is essential for those looking to engage customers and drive business growth through compelling content. If you looked at my audible hours of reading, a lot of them were spent reading/listening to this one on repeat.

“Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuk: Building Strong Customer Relationships
Vaynerchuk’s book is a key read for understanding the importance of customer relationships in modern business. It’s an insightful addition to your business book collection, focusing on the power of social media and digital communication to foster customer loyalty. I for a very long time avoided reading Gary’s work, mainly because I was compared a lot anecdotally to the things he said, I had a weird notion that it would somehow tarnish my thoughts but ultimately they reflected exactly how I felt especially in the relationship of customer service and sales.

“Mediation Beyond COVID” by Sarah Blake: Navigating Business in Challenging Times
This timely addition to your books for business reading list offers insights into personal and business growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a valuable resource for managing stress and conflict, enhancing decision-making, and staying resilient in uncertain times.

Sarah Blake’s “Mediation Beyond COVID” offers a fresh perspective on personal and business growth and well-being amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, it holds relevance for individuals seeking to navigate their personal and professional lives during uncertain times. With over 20 contributing authors, this book provides insights, practical advice and stories on conflict, mediation, mindfulness, stress management, and resilience. By incorporating these practices, business professionals can enhance their decision-making abilities, maintain focus, and adapt to changing circumstances. Plus, your favourite mother of unicorns (Ming Johanson) is a contributing author and illustrator.

The Power of Reading for Business Success Incorporating these top books for business into your reading (or listening) routine is a powerful strategy for personal and professional development. They provide practical strategies and valuable insights for financial management, scalable business models, effective content marketing, customer engagement, and personal well-being.

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About Ming Johanson
Ming works with businesses across the globe from business development to managing (with her team) complex digital strategies that deliver tangible and desirable financial returns. Recently recognised and awarded for her ongoing contribution to the technology industries in the 2019 Women In Technology Tech [+] 20 Awards, Ming is a passionate mental health Ambassador for R U OK? Day, a mentor at Startup Weekend Perth and a regular Australian Media Commentator as a Tech Evangelist on a range of topics in Mental Health, Social Media & Technology.