Whether you are taking a business course, developing your own staff training program, or you simply want to get some inspiration for your own business endeavours, looking to the business greats for guidance is the best way to make it in the industry. Learning from those who have achieved success enhances your knowledge, allows you to learn from their mistakes, and helps you get motivated to make your mark. The following are some of the top-selling business biographies of historical and modern business leaders.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Since its initial publication in August of 1995, this book has appeared on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Newsday and BusinessWeek bestseller lists. Starting with little more than a keen eye for small investments, Warren Buffett eventually amassed one of the most impressive fortunes of the 20th century, and is continuing his success today. This book offers insights into the man behind the money, including his mindset, investment strategies and personal experiences that got him to where he is today.
The following are 10 of the best study motivation books of all time.
Drive by Daniel Pink
This powerful book looks at what Daniel Pink describes as the main elements of true motivation, being autonomy, mastery and purpose, and he provides a refreshing perspective on what drives people to lasting success.
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Robbins helps readers of this great book to get control over their destinies, and does so by focusing on the mental, emotional, physical and financial aspects. Robbins talks extensively about the importance of self-mastery, and through this book he lays out how the average person can become a true master of himself or herself.
In years gone by, micromanagement was seen as the only way to make sure that everything was done properly in a business, but in the modern workplace it makes no sense at all to be trying to have a hand in every single project. The following is a look at some of the reasons why it is foolish to micromanage in modern business.
Poor use of time
Micromanaging your staff can mean you are wasting a huge amount of time controlling aspects of your business that would likely be fine without your involvement. Unless you have a concrete role in a project, there is no need for an extra layer of management to be there without reason, so by all means, play an active managerial role when it is required, but otherwise save your time and stay out. Not only will micromanaging be a waste of your time, but you will likely be keeping your staff from operating at their full speed as well.
To succeed in business you need to have the right management style and skills, and these aren’t things that everyone is naturally born with. If you are new to management, or if you’re an old dog looking to learn a couple of new tricks, the following books are all sure to give your management style — and therefore your business — the boost that it needs.
Fish by Stephen Lundin
Widely described as a business classic, this fantastic book is all about boosting morale in the workplace and thereby improving results.
Little Black Book of Management by Suzanne Turner
This really is one of those ‘must have’ business management books, as it covers time management, brainstorming, presentations, team building, communication, process management, training and assessment.
There aren’t many ways you can keep yourself busier than by studying while also managing a business. While it can definitely be done, it is going to require a pretty big effort and a serious level of commitment. The following looks briefly at strategies for successfully managing a business while completing your studies.
Get yourself organised
Managing a business and going to school at the same time is going to be quite a huge workload, so to have any chance at all of being able to pull it off, you had better be extremely organised. Whether you get a smartphone, day planner or a personal secretary, you are going to have to step up how organised you are on every level. If you don’t have good organising skills, there are great short courses available to help you learn to get on top and stay on top of both your work and studies.
Good business is all about networking, especially when you are just starting out and are still in the very fragile infancy of your business. Without the support of your network and connections, your new small business doesn’t stand a chance, so make sure your network is fully activated for its launch. The following are some of the networking steps you need to take to have your new business off to a flying start.
Get some awesome promotional material made up
Before you will be able to tap into your amazing network, you are going to need to have some quality promotional materials. These are going to be necessary to both convince your connections that you have something worthwhile going on, and then in turn for your contacts to be able to help promote you through your networks. Good quality promotional materials can go a very long way to carrying a business’s reputation, so make sure you get everyone’s attention with some top class materials.
There is a lot to be said for training up your workers from scratch, as while it is quite a big investment of time and money, it is also a great way to have all of your staff as skilled and knowledgeable as possible — not to mention on the same page. The following are some of the ways your business can benefit from training workers from scratch.
Ensure skill level
It’s easy to claim something on a resume, but not everyone can back it up, so it’s crucial that you train your employees from scratch and get a chance to see what they actually can do. During your training process, try to cover as many aspects of the job as possible so that you can get past any nerves that may influence performance.
What we eat has a massive effect on our ability to concentrate and recall information, so if you’re trying to get the most out of your brain, give it the fuel it needs to be working at top speed. Corporate training these days has a strong focus of how your health impacts your performance, so whether you’re doing your HSC, an online business course or just want to be a little bit sharper, try to remember that it’s all about what you eat. The following food and drinks will all do wonders for your concentration, memory and overall brain function.
To excel in the business world you need to be more than just good at your job. Those people who really take off and become big success stories are those who go that little bit extra and pick themselves up some supplementary skills or qualifications. Obviously you will need to have done some type of training just to get your foot in the door, though once you have covered the necessities, picking up an additional skill or two might make all the difference in getting that promotion or at least a pay raise. The following are some of the most useful skills to have to help you take your business career to the next level.
Being good at resolving conflict is a great skill to have for just everyday life, though in the business world having these skills can have you automatically marked for future management. There are a huge variety of short courses you can take to hone your skills at dealing with conflict and you may even find that you get really good at seeing a potential problem coming and heading it off before it even happens. For a skill that will not only help your business career but also one that will improve all of your relationships, learn a bit about conflict resolution.
To be able to effectively work as a trainer, you have to be a special kind of person. Knowing a lot about a particular topic doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to effectively teach it to others, so if you want to be someone who is actually good at training and having people learn from you, you’d better hope you have what it takes. The following are just some of the things that you will need in order to be an effective trainer.
To be an effective trainer you are going to need to get some training of your own, such as taking the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or other related business courses. These courses will provide you with lots of great tips and information on how to plan and prepare classes and courses that will be effective, so make sure you have the skills to train before you start signing people up to take your class.