Oct
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Do You Want To Become More Entreprenurial?

Not sure if entrepreneurship is the right path for you? This list of books will awaken you to the possibilities and help you evaluate your future as an entrepreneur.

Awakening the Entrepreneur Within: How Ordinary People Can Create Extraordinary Companies – Michael E. Gerber

9780061738487_p0_v1_s260x420In this book, you are invited into the Dreaming Room, where your own entrepreneurial dreams will come alive and become reality. Michael will help you shape your dream into a viable, economically successful company! As he writes: “It is time to dream. It is time to care about something bigger than you. It is time to imagine something sorely needed in the world—the world you live in—that somebody would pay to have. It is time to look around you and ask yourself, ‘What’s missing in this picture?’”   This book is available from Amazon.
Michael E. Gerber is the legend behind the E-Myth series of books, which includes The E-Myth Revisited, E-Myth Mastery, and Awakening The Entrepreneur Within. His titles have collectively sold millions of copies worldwide. He is an in-demand speaker and consultant, as well as founding dean of Grand Canyon University’s College of Entrepreneurship.

 

Birthing the Elephant: The Woman’s Go-For-It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business – Karin Abarbanel & Bruce Freeman

51k2+muHQKLCustomized for the female entrepreneur’s unique psychological experience of launching a business, this book goes beyond logistics to prepare women for the emotional challenges they will face, with expert advice on reshaping one’s business identity, giving up the paycheck mentality, anticipating problems, and avoiding costly mistakes. This supportive handbook gives the small-business owner the staying power to survive and succeed in the business of her dreams.

Starting your own business is tough, but learning to think like an entrepreneur is half the battle, say small-business consultants Abarbanel and Freeman. Part portable success coach, part step-by-step guide through the life cycle of a small-business launch, the book presents real-life stories—from the famous, such as makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown and stylish maternity-wear pioneer Liz Lange, to startups in the worlds of baking, filmmaking and high tech software. A great deal of space is given to tools for developing the emotional mind frame to succeed outside the comfort of the traditional workplace, and the authors devote particular attention to commitment, courage, persistence and other traits. Later chapters delve into the nitty-gritty of asset assessment, money management, support systems, success strategies and common pitfalls. This information is backed up with handy chapter-closing quick tips, checklists, action steps, real-life examples and a helpful resource guide.  This book is available from Amazon.

 

Bounce!: Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success – Barry J. Moltz

9780470224083_p0_v1_s260x420This book is about developing confidence-and not just any sort of confidence. It is about developing the kind of true business confidence that always gets you ready for your next great success.

But this is not a book about coming back from failure.

Comeback books have been written many times before. The comeback is romanticized in society and totally overrated. In Bounce!, you’ll learn about accepting failure as a normal part of the process even when there always isn’t something to learn. Failure that offers no real learning value jolts the business belief system.

In Bounce!, entrepreneur and business owner Barry Moltz explains that both success and failure are simply outcomes in the life cycle of business-a life cycle in which overall process matters far more than any single event or outcome. Great businesses are those that develop the resiliency to bounce through these cycles to succeed over the long term. Using a blend of personal experience and firsthand interviews with business leaders, Moltz shares practical tools and techniques a business needs to survive the cycle of ups and downs. In Bounce!, you’ll learn the building bands for true business confidence which include:

  • Using humility to right size your ego
  • Making fear fly in formation
  • Using choices to embrace failure when it happens
  • Taking more effective risk taking
  • How process trumps outcome
  • Setting patient goals to establish your own scorecard
  • Creating your own brand of success

Bounce! lets you move forward from any event, situation, or outcome-good or bad-to the next place where a decision can be made based on the choices currently available to you. Bounce! allows us to be passionately excited and intensely enthusiastic about our business and our lives.  This book is available from Amazon.

Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years.

After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities.  He founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation.

His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business.  It is in its fifth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. It has been translated into Korean and German. His third book , “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing

Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000.  He was appointed by the Illinois Governor in 2005 to serve as Chairman of  the board of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Education (IIEE). As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and The Tavis Smiley Show.

 

Illusions of Entrepreneurship (The): The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By– Scott A. Shane

9780300158564_p0_v1_s260x420This book is an essential resource for everyone who has dreamed of starting a new business, for investors in start-ups, for policy makers attempting to facilitate the formation and survival of new businesses, and for researchers interested in the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity. Scott Shane offers research-based answers to these questions and many others:

  • Why do people start businesses?
  • What industries are popular for start-ups?
  • How many jobs do new businesses create?
  • How do entrepreneurs finance their start-ups?
  • What makes some locations and some countries more entrepreneurial than others?
  • What are the characteristics of the typical entrepreneur?
  • How well does the typical start-up perform?
  • What strategies contribute to the survival and profitability of new businesses over time?

This book shows that the reality of entrepreneurship is decidedly different from the myths that have come to surround it. Scott Shane, a leading expert in entrepreneurial activity in the United States and other countries, draws on the data from extensive research to provide accurate, useful information about who becomes an entrepreneur and why, how businesses are started, which factors lead to success, and which predict a likely failure.  This book is available from Amazon.
Scott A. Shane is A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is the author or editor of eleven books and more than sixty scholarly articles on entrepreneurship and innovation management. He lives in Shaker Heights, OH.

 

Rise of the Creative Class (The): And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life – Richard Florida

creative-classThis book looks at the forces reshaping our economy and how companies, communities and people can survive and prosper in uncertain times. It gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today – and where we might be headed. Weaving storytelling with reams of cutting-edge research, Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.  This “creative class” is found in a variety of fields, from engineering to theater, biotech to education, architecture to small business. Their choices have already had a huge economic impact. In the future, they will determine how the workplace is organized, what companies will prosper or go bankrupt, and even which cities will thrive or wither.  For much more information on this book and many others by Richard Florida, visit the website listed below.  This book is available from Amazon.

Richard Florida is author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. His latest book, Who’s Your City? also a national and international best seller, was an amazon.com book of the month.
Florida’s ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation, and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development.

He is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, a fascinating personal story, and just a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonder Florida was recently named one of Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest, alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Sachs.

 

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big – Bo Burlingham

Small+Giants In this book, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable privately held companies, in widely varying industries across the country, that have chosen to march to their own drummer.  He searches for the magic ingredients that give these companies their unique “mojo” and the lessons we can learn from them.  A few examples of the companies included in this book are:

  • Anchor Brewing, in San Francisco: the original American microbrewery
  • CitiStorage Inc., in Brooklyn: the premier independent records-storage business in the United States
  • Clif Bar & Co., in Berkeley: a leading maker of natural and organic energy bars and other nutrition foods
  • ECCO, in Boise: the leading manufacturer of backup alarms and amber warning lights for commercial vehicles
  • Hammerhea Productions, in Studio City, California: a supplier of computer-generated special effects to the motion picture industry

Size and growth rate aside, these small giants share some very interesting characteristics.  They are all utterly determined to be the best at what they do.  Most have been recognized for excellence by independent bodies inside and outside their industries.  To stay on the road less traveled, these companies have remained privately owned, with the majority of the stock in the hands of one person or a few like-minded individuals.  They were founded by and still are run by unique entrepreneurs who recognize the full range of choices they had about the type of company they could create and allowed themselves to question the usual definition of success.  More information on this book and author can be found at the website listed below, and the book is available from Amazon.

Bo Burlingham is editor at large at Inc. magazine. He has also written for Esquire, Harper’s, Mother Jones, and The Boston Globe, among other publications, and is the coauthor, with Jack Stack, of The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome.

 

So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur: How To Decide If Starting A Business Is Really For You – Jon Gillespie-Brown

9781841128030_p0_v1_s260x420Find out what it’s really like to live the lifestyle and which of your character traits are likely to lead to your success.

Explore your real goals, hidden talents, passions, assets and core skills. The simple self-discovery tools in the book will make it easy for you to analyze this information and take the next steps towards your Entrepreneurial dreams with total confidence.

So you want to be an Entrepreneur? will help any would-be Entrepreneur unsure how to progress past the dreaming stage and onto the first rung of the Entrepreneurial ladder.  This book is available from Amazon.

Jon Gillespie Brown is the founder and CEO of a number of successful hi-tech companies. In tandem with his Entrepreneurial commitments Jon actively promotes the concept of ‘contribution’ and ‘giving back’ and has provided mentor support to students at the London Business School for six years and is now also a Mentor at Stanford University, California where a number of his businesses and family are now based.

 

Who’s Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life – Richard Florida

9780465012411_p0_v1_s260x420It’s a mantra of the age of globalization that where you live doesn’t matter: you can telecommute to your high-tech Silicon Valley job, a ski-slope in Idaho, a beach in Hawaii or a loft in Chicago; you can innovate from Shanghai or Bangalore.

According to Richard Florida, this is wrong. Place is not only important, it’s more important than ever.

Globalization is not flattening the world; on the contrary, the world is spiky. Place is becoming more relevant to the global economy and our individual lives. The choice of where to live, therefore, is not an arbitrary one. It is arguably the most important decision we make, as important as choosing a spouse or a career. In fact, place exerts powerful influence over the jobs and careers we have access to, the people meet and our “mating markets” and our ability to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

Who’s Your City? provides the first ever-rankings of cities by life-stage, rating the best places for singles, young families and empty-nesters. And it grounds its new ideas and data to provide an essential guide for the more than 40 million Americans and over 4 million Canadians who move each year. The book shows readers how to choose where to live, and what those choices mean for their lives, happiness and communities.  This book is available from Amazon.
Richard Florida is author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. His latest book, Who’s Your City? also a national and international best seller, was an amazon.com book of the month.
Florida’s ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation, and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development.

He is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, a fascinating personal story, and just a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonder Florida was recently named one of Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest, alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Sachs.

 

About Lisa Canning

“Vowels are to words what creativity is to the world~ basic and necessary.”

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Lisa Canning is the founder of Lisa’s Clarinet Shop, IAEOU, the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship (IAE) and Entrepreneur the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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