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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches Dave Ramsay - This is a great book about the fundamentals of running a small business.  When you started your business did you ever wonder where you could find the book that explains how to run the business?  Dave lays out necessary elements of a successful business that he learned through years of trial and error.  This is a clear and practical guide to creating a successful business. 
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow.  The decisions you make are often the result of subconscious decisions based on a lifetime of experiences.  These subconscious decisions impact your working relationships, your family, your business and your friendships. When you understand your influences you may be able to uncover your biases and also better understand the people you interact with daily. 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business  by Charles Duhigg - This books lays out the fundamentals of how habits are formed - what are the motivators and the drivers.  As you understand the influences to habits then you can focus the drivers to influence positive behaviors.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking By Susan Cain  It is easy to understand that the world is full of introverts and extroverts.  The challenge is to harness and focus the power of the introverts on your staff and use this to your advantage.  This book will provide a better understanding of introverts and how to harness their abilities to your benefit.
Monday Morning Mentoring: Ten Lessons to Guide You Up the LadderDavid Cottrell packs all of the wisdom of his wide-ranging business experience into this inspirational story. Cottrell introduces us to Jeff, a successful corporate manager who has hit a major wall. Jeff has been leading his team, quarter after quarter, to great sales and better profits for several years -- until now.
Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can't Afford to Miss Management Books) David Cottrell. Learn how to create great company and integrate accountability in your organization. This book covers how to hire, train and keep great performers in your company.
Tuesday Morning Coaching ... Eight Simple Truths to Boost Your Career and Your Life Motivational Management & Leadership Books) David Cottrell. How to be effective with your time and become a strong leader.  What ar the lessons that create great leaders and learn how you can implement in your life today.
Becoming Preferred: How to Outsell Your Competition Michael Vickers. This book discusses how you can combine great customer service and a solid sales approach to grow your business.
Leadership Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma. Great Leadership Lessons for people in a leadership position. Learn the keys to improving and leaveraging your leadership.
The Remodeler's Guide To Making & Managing Money: A Common Sense Approach To Optimizing Compensation & Profit Management Books) Linda Case. This is a great book on understanding and using the financials in a remodeling company. the ideas and concepts presented allow you to set up, manage and understand the financials in your company.
The Highest Calling Larry Janesky. In this award winning book you will follow the life of a contractor as he struggles to create a successful company. This easy to read fable can be applied immediately in your organization. This story explains how to create a foundation for a successful growing company.
The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life Motivational Books) Robin Sharma. You do not need to be a manager or owner in a company. In this fable the author shows how leadership is the job of everyone in a company and can even be more effective from the front lines.
The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition Political Leadership Books) Kouzes and Posner. Learn the key characteristics that are shared by great leaders. When you understand these characteristics then you can take the steps to make them a part of your leadership style and discipline.
The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly Marketing Books) David Meerman Scott. The world of marketing has changed – from blogs, email, social media and more.  Learn the basics and how they all work together as well as how to improve your online presence.
Social BOOM!: How to Master Business Social Media to Brand Yourself, Sell Yourself, Sell Your Product, Dominate Your Industry Market, Save Your Butt, ... and Grind Your Competition into the Dirt Jeffrey Gitomer. This is a “how to” collaboration from many great authors that have integrated social media into their businesses. Learn how to maximize social media.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard The authors in this book provide great insight into how to define and implement change in your business and even in your personal life. 
Leadership Courage David Cottrell, Eric Harvey. Learn the challenges and benefits of being courageous and how to take a strong leadership stand in your organization. Great companies are run by great leaders, learn the steps to being a great leader and how to create an exceptional company.
Live Life From the Heart: 52 Weeks to a Life of Passion and Purpose Mark Black. Learn how to add value and inspiration in your life. Mark is a double lung and heart transplant recipient. These trials have helped him to understand the gifts present in each day and how to use today to create an exceptional life.
The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability Roger Conners, Tom Smith, Craig Hickman. People are quick to blame others or their own circumstances for their lack of performance. The authors talk about how to overcome blame and start to achieve results.
The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies Chet Holmes. You will learn how to radically grow your business through the strategies presented in this book. I like that the author first talks about how to create a business that is capable of growth prior to talking about the marketing and growth strategies.
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. This book talks about the difference between having a good strategy and actually implementing this strategy.
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful Marshal Goldsmith. Too often we assume that if we just do more of what we did that helped us grow our company, we will be assured of more growth. The reality is that often the company grew despite what you did. Learn how to think differently about your success and company growth.
Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment: How to Improve Productivity, Quality, and Employee Satisfaction William Byham and Jeff Cox. A simple read on the impact of solving every problem in your company and how to break the cycle. Learn how to implement accountability at all levels in your business.
Midas Managers Rob Slee. When you are an effective manager you can create a great department or great company. The challenge is that you are limited to your time and abilities. The authors of this book teach you how to leverage your skills and then have an exponential impact through this leveraging.

Non-Business Books

The Twin: A Novel about Thomas the Apostle (signed) Michael Pinto. This is a novel about the apostle Thomas. It is fun to be in the time and place when Jesus is walking the earth. The novel brings the New Testament to life. The author takes editorial liberties but this is a well researched and enjoyable book.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should KnowMeg Meeker. It is a tough world for young girls. Dr Meeker talks about the challenges that your daughters face and then talks about the important role of a father in bringing up a strong daughter.
Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons Meg Meeker. Society tells young boys not to explore their own nature as a boy. Run, play, be rough and explore. Learn ideas that will not control your son, rather it will help you focus efforts and energies to grow into a man.

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