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3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

Rieva Lesonsky
books for small business owners

There is so much small business owners need to know to operate at peak performance. Luckily we live in the Information Age with plentiful resources. To help you sift through some of the data, every week we’re going to look at three books for small business owners and the lessons you can learn from reading them.

The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth About Starting and Building Your Own Business ($25.95)

By Ed McLaughlin and Wyn Lydecker

Author Ed McLaughlin took the path many of us followed to become business owners. He was “on the fast track” working for some of America’s best-known corporations, such as IBM and HP, but felt something was missing. He wanted to be in control of his life, was over dealing with office politics and was simply tired of working for others. So he quit his job (even though “most people told me I was crazy”) and started two businesses.

The book is partly a memoir of McLaughlin’s journey and partly a manual for business startup. McLaughlin covers the tools and processes you need to go from discovery to operations. Plus the Appendix offers two special sections, “The Startup Roundmap” and “The Startup Funding Guide.”

This book won’t be released until August, but is available for pre-order now.

Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption ($21.95)

By Shane Cragun and Kate Sweetman

Disruption is certainly one of the buzzwords of the last few decades, but it’s earned that status. Disruption has actually touched technology, globalization, economic shifts and management strategies. The authors, entrepreneurs and global management consultants, believe if you want to survive—and thrive—in a future that promises to be “turbulent,” you need to reinvent.

Reinvention, they say, is “the ability to create quantum individual and organizational change accelerated.” Indeed, Cragun says, “The ability to pivot quickly, profoundly and effectively might be the most important core competency for individuals and organizations to acquire. It’s no longer enough to change when you have to. Leaders must change before they have to.”

Using stories and case studies, the authors tell us how to leverage disruptive events, weather “global shockwaves” and explore new management concepts. They offer their “Reinvention Formula” and “Reinvent Roadmap” to make the journey to reinvention an easier one.

This book won’t be released until July, but is available for pre-order now.

The 100 Building Blocks for Business Leadership ($14)

By Tom Salonek

This small, yet information-packed book, written by a tech entrepreneur, offers business owners (and leaders) lots of insights, tips and lessons. There’s not a lot of theory in this book, which entrepreneurs will appreciate. Instead, it gives readers actionable ideas and practical advice.

The 100 building blocks are based on author Tom Salonek’s entrepreneurial experiences as the founder of Intertech, a technology consulting and training company.

Each building block offers a “Takeway,” a short summary that in itself offers great advice.

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Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at, follow her on Google+ and, and visit her website,, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.