5 Brilliant Books to Help You Run & Grow Your Business

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 19:00
5 Brilliant Books to Help You Run & Grow Your Business

Setting up a new business can be a daunting experience, full of scary challenges and tribulations. Reading up on how to get the most from your business can often be similarly stressful and confusing, as there's such a wealth of information and advice out there, sometimes conflicting. 

But it needn't be. In order to sort the wheat from the chaff, we asked some of our top people for their recommended reads on business management. So here you go: 5 brilliant books to help you run and grow your business.

Graeme Horsfall, General Manager. 

Getting Things Done, by David Allen

“Everyone should read this book more than once. Without question, the tools and techniques this taught me has changed my life at work - it helps with focus, improves your sense of control, and gives you a real framework to stay on track with all of your tasks and projects. The best part is that the techniques are beautifully pragmatic and elegant to implement and use.”

Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by William Ury and Roger Fisher.

“I read this book as part of a training programme in one of my first graduate roles.  I still use it today, as I think it is a brilliant reminder of what is important in negotiation, which many people forget!  Negotiation is about reaching an agreement that is acceptable to both parties and not a one sided battle to be won at all costs.  A really easy read and an elegant methodology that, in my experience, works every time!”

Robin Knox, CPO & Co-founder

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey, by Hal Burrows, Ken Blanchard, and William Oncken

“I read it when I first became a manager in hospitality and have recommended this to a few people since. It's all about learning to delegate, managing the problems (monkeys) that people come to you with, in order to build a stronger, more self-reliant team. Ultimately, it's about not being buried in monkeys in your journey through management.”

Anyone Can Do It: My Story, by Duncan Bannatyne. 

“Duncan Bannatyne’s first book was pivotal for me. He proves that it doesn't matter where you come from, how much money you have and even whether you have a good idea or not. If you do it better than the next person then literally anyone can do it. I read this around 2006/2007 and it changed my outlook completely.”

Ed Jackson, Head of Technical Support and Customer Service

Fish!: A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results, by Harry Paul, John Christensen, and Stephen C. Lundin

“This is a great way to look at boosting morale internally and keeping people enthusiastic. It is one of the biggest challenges you face as a people manager and this book resonated with me. This was partially because I have been to the Pike Place Fishmarket in Seattle and thought it was great but also because the more experience I gain, the more I realise that you only achieve results through the people you manage: a happy team performs.”

“In terms of training and knowledge, I would recommend getting to know and use the ITIL framework, which opened my eyes to the wider impact of service delivery and the importance of process, structure and accountability.”


Of course, these recommendations are just the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a great place to start before you trawl the shelves of your favourite bookshop. So relax, sit back, and curl up with a good book, and let the adventure begin!

Katharine Coulton