Takeaways from 9 Interesting Business Books

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Looking for business books to read in 2019?  Maybe this list will spur some new additions to your nightstand.  Some of these books are recent; others have been around for a while. Each listing has a key takeaway to peak your interest.

1) We tend to remember flagship moments – the peaks, the pits, and the transitions. This is a critical lesson for anyone in the service business.The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

2) Motivation become easier when we transform a chore into a choice. Doing so gives us a sense of control.– Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

3) Customer service is like the weather. Everybody talks about if but nobody (well, almost nobody) does anything about it. — The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence by Robert Spector and Patrick McCarthy

4) Success doesn’t emerge from a vacuum. It emerges when a human being dedicates their life to an ambitious goal, and it usually involves plenty of personal struggles along the way. Those struggles are important because they build the depth of character needed to embrace success when it finally arrives. – Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

5) None of us are immune from life’s tragic moments. Like the small rubber boat we had in basic SEAL training, it takes a team of good people to get you to your destination in life. You cannot paddle the boat alone. Find someone to share your life with. Make as many friends as possible, and never forget that your success depends on others. – Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

6) If you find yourself ready to change course, you have to put your foot on the very lowest rung of whatever ladder you want to climb and prepare yourself for a relentless ascent. – Call an Audible by Daron K. Roberts

7) It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. – Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

8) I used to believe that timing is everything. Now I believe that everything is timing. – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

9) There will always be new challenges in every business, but if you’re creative and passionate, then you will keep creating new ways to overcome those challenges and succeed. – Our Customers, Our Friends: What 50 Years in Business Has Taught Rita and Rick Case about Sales Success and Community Service by Rick Case with Brooke Bates

About Lynne Strang

I'm a freelance writer who helps organizations and individuals meet their marketing and communications goals. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." To learn more, please visit my website: lynnebeverlystrang.com.
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