The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership
Tom Salonek, $14, B2 Books
Compact and succinct, Tom Salonek’s business-advice book The 100 breaks leadership lessons down into bite-size chunks. Salonek is founder and CEO of Intertech, a consulting and training firm, and a 25-year veteran of the tech industry who distills his knowledge into this easy-to-read guide. Each lesson has a takeaway — a piece of advice from Salonek or a business or cultural luminary. The book comes with online resources to easier implement his advice.
Ninja Selling: Subtle Skills. Big Results
Larry Kendall, $26, Greenleaf Books
Knowing yourself makes it easier to work with others when it comes to sales. That’s part of the Ninja Selling Method created by Larry Kendall of The Group Inc. Ninja Selling boasts more than 50,000 graduates in the United States, Canada, and Spain. This book offers the same training. It’s a science-based selling system based on personality types — knowing your own and learning to work with other types. Kendall also covers “soft skills” like empathy and collaboration.
Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond
Joan Barnes and Michael Coffino, $17, B2 Books
Looking for some inspiration from a female entrepreneur? Joan Barnes, founder and former CEO of Gymboree, shares her story in this personal memoir. Barnes built Gymboree from a church basement and $3,000. Her story is encouraging for female entrepreneurs or anyone looking for an honest business-related autobiography.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of “425 Business.”