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Good Business Reads


Allan Wille, Co-Founder of Klipfolio, recommends business reads for inspiration and insight in a recent Ottawa Business Journal article.  Three of his four picks are in the Ottawa Public Library catalogue, and they carry a high star rating.  Below are links to the books in the Ottawa Public Library Bibliocommons catalogue, along with some of Allan Wille's comments in the Ottawa Business Journal. 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz (HarperBusiness, 2014)

"The things Mr. Horowitz recommends are tough. No sugar-coating here! But overall, the advice is good.
For that reason, I think this book is a must-read for any entrepreneur, especially one whose business is going through a period of growth.
...You don’t have to agree with the author. A good book provides the opportunity to learn, and sometimes some things make you bristle."

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip and Dan Heath (Random House, 2007)

"I thought this is an interesting read for people who work in communications, and also for people in management.
It’s important to understand what makes ideas resonate with people – and equally important to understand how messages can be manipulated to maximize their attractiveness.
The book also raised a few red flags with me about manipulation, or the potential for manipulation, in communications and messaging. For me, it underscored the importance of applying your own code of ethics to messages. Engineer ideas for maximum stickiness? Sure, as long as it’s done ethically and with the right intentions."

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek (Portfolio, 2009)

"[Sinek]...invites people to flip that around. He says they should start by understanding why they go to work, then how they work and finally, armed with that understanding, look for a job (the 'what').
The same applies to companies: They should create a vision about why they exist, then figure out how they want to work, and that will lead naturally to what they do.
The beauty of this approach, as I see it, is that it allows companies to pivot quickly."