Find me a business book …

I have never read a business book.

That is not something I am proud of, or ashamed by, it is simply a statement of fact.

In truth it is also somewhat of an exaggeration. I have read lots of business books, either to review for the3rdimagazine or as part of my MBA or other line of academic study. What I should have said is that I have never walked into a shop, ambled over to the business section, chosen a book, paid for it, taken it home and read it. I did buy Finding Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on a recommendation but it remains on my desk, unopened, unread and unlikely to avoid being recycled as a Christmas present.

I wouldn’t like you to think that I don’t like books at all. In fact I am an avid reader, I always have been. I remember sitting on the windowsill of my bedroom so that I could read late into the night, long after my parents had called for the bedroom light to be put out, by using the light from the streetlamp across the road from my house.

And I have just accepted a place on the board of Glasgow Women’s Library, partly because they are doping an absolutely fantastic job in preserving a feminist archive, partly because of their fantastic community projects but mainly because I want to be involved with books!

It’s just that I find business books boring. They are either a collection of statements of the perfectly obvious, an ego trip for the author or an exhaltation to make more money and to acquire more stuff. None of these things either interests or excites me. And they are quite often testosterone fuelled.

So the challenge put to contributors this month was to find me a business book that is actually worth reading.

Having read the articles here in the3rdimagazine this month I find that I am tempted by one or two or many of the titles that are recommended. And I think that this is the key. Walking into a bookshop and being faced with shelves and shelves of books, or browsing through Amazon, is a daunting option. Under such circumstances it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to make a rushed, often rash, choice. Far better, therefore, to go on recommendation from trusted colleagues.

And so we arrive at the theme for this months the3rdimagazine. It is a chance for us all to learn from others – the best way to develop personally and in business. So please make the most of this opportunity. All of the books reviewed can be bought from Amazon. If you have already read any of the books yourself then please add your comments. The more information we can share the more support we can give to each other.

We have also started a new business thread – the Business Book Chain, which will be a feature of the3rdimagazine in the coming months. Each month a businesswoman will review a business book. The review will be published in the3rdimagazine. The businesswoman will then ask a colleague to review a book for the following month. In this way the baton will be passed from woman to woman and we will build a library of reviews here in the3rdimagazine. If you would like to get involved by reviewing your favourite book, please contact me directly.

In addition, we have been supporting the Women on the Shelf programme at Glasgow Women’s Library for many months. Readers in the library review a book that is, or has been, particularly important to them. There are some fantastic books reviewed as part of the project. You can learn more about the Women on the Shelf project and read the reviews from here.

And we have reviewed a variety of interesting books over the months, from coaching to biographies, and they can be accessed from here and there are plenty of books that you might like to buy in the book store.



1 Comment on Find me a business book …

  1. I know what you mean, some are very tedious, or overly American!

    IMHO, or maybe it’s just the ones I’ve chosen to read, business books are written from the best motives… but it’s important to read ones we resonate with. For instance, I don’t think I’ve ever read one that you’d see in the top 10 business books section at WHSMith! I’ve nothing against those books, or top 10s, or Smiths :-), it’s just that those particular books don’t happen to do it for me.

    I have however received a huge amount (learning, virtual support, laughs, etc) from the following business books, which were all easy to read and which I re-refer to from time-to-time:
    * The E Myth by Michael Gerber
    * Get Clients Now by CJ Hayden
    * Coaching Millions by Milana Leshinsky
    * Freesourcing – How to start a business with no money by Jonathan Yates
    * The Seed Handbook by Lynn Franks
    * The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

    I would love to be in the business book chain and will contact you, Karen, about it right now!

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