Reading That’s Transformed My Thinking

One of the best ways to transform your company is to expose yourself to experts who think differently than you do. Here are some titles that have transformed my thinking about the fundamentals of high-growth business.

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Financial Intelligence
by Joe Knight

This accessible, jargon-free book is filled with engaging stories of real companies and gives nonfinancial managers the confidence to understand the nuances beyond the numbers. Inc. magazine calls it one of “the best, clearest guides to the numbers” on the market.

What I really like about this book is that it addresses one of the biggest “Growth Traps” facing businesses that are trying to scale up. There is a dearth of financial acumen among business leaders. That is something that can cripple your efforts to scale up and grow your business. This book provides a basic foundation for understanding the numbers that really matter for your business.

Other Resources

Verne Harnish on The Rockefeller Habits
When it comes to the best framework to execute your company’s strategy, The Rockefeller Habits Checklist is an essential tool. This simple set of habits has already helped over 40,000 companies scale up while reducing the time needed to run the business. Many of these companies scaled to $10million, $100million, and a few, to a billion and beyond. The 10 habits included in this checklist have not changed for over 100 years since John D. Rockefeller implemented them in his business. Practicing these habits helped make him the wealthiest man ever—even by today’s standards. Click here for a brief video in which Verne Harnish shares key thoughts about the 10 Rockefeller Habits. If you’d like a free copy of The 10 Rockefeller Habits Checklist, click here

Tribe of Mentors
By Tim Ferriss

The #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from more than 130 of the world’s top performers (iconic entrepreneurs, elite athletes, artists billionaire investors). These short profiles can help you answer life’s most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life. Among other things, you will learn:

• More than 50 morning routines—both for the early riser and those who struggle to get out of bed.
• How TED curator Chris Anderson realized that the best way to get things done is to let go.
• How to overcome failure and bounce back towards success.
• Why tennis champion Maria Sharapova believes “losing makes you think in ways victories can’t.”
• How to achieve work-life balance (and why most people tell you it isn’t realistic).
• How billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz transformed the way he engages with difficult situations to reduce suffering.
• Ways to deal with the overwhelming amount of information you process every day.
• How to achieve clarity on your purpose and assess your priorities.

Profit per X
By Jim Collins

In this 8-minute video, best-selling author, Jim Collins looks at some of the things that take companies (such as Southwest Airlines) from Great to Good.





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Break Your Industry’s Bottlenecks
By Barrett Ersek, Eileen Weisenbach Keller, John Mullins

This terrific article from the Harvard Business Review begins with the premise, “If you want to create a successful business, you have to do more than win your share of customers or control costs—you have to break the rules and overturn the received wisdom about how things work. Then it goes on to highlight how companies such as Bonobos, Redbox, Hyundai, and Patagonia put that premise into action—with great results.