James Moore’s Top 10 Summer Reads!

Looking for something beyond the latest romance novel or legal story? Check out our top ten list of summer reading picks from our leadership team! They’re entertaining, thought-provoking, and filled with information you can use throughout the year.

10. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It (Michael E. Gerber)

“This book is most impactful on how to set up processes so that the service can be replicated. Imagine McDonald’s creating a company with teenagers as labor. It also focuses on working on the business vs. in it all of the time.”

- Suzanne Forbes, Partner

9. Exit Planning: The Definitive Guide (John H. Brown)

“Business owners usually only sell a business once in their lifetime. So they don’t have any background on how to do it, what is important, or who should they seek for help. It is not always just about the price. The Exit Planning Guide asks many thought-provoking questions on a variety of nonfinancial topics that should be addressed by any business owner, because all businesses are sold or shut down eventually.”

- Roger Swanger, Partner

8. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea (Bob Burg and John David Mann)

“I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a quick and easy summer read on motivation, mindsets, perspectives and how to achieve success in business. This is a great book to have in your tool belt when you want to reevaluate your business approach or are looking for motivation.”

- Erin Spiwak, Partner

7. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Travis Bradberry)

“If you're a sucker for self-assessments like I am, you'll really enjoy learning where you rate on the four aspects of emotional intelligence (EQ): self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. After a quick survey, the book directs you to action steps that you can adopt to increase your EQ—an important skill in being a successful and effective leader and team member.”

- Katie Davis, Partner

6. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! (Robert Kiyosaki)

“Rich Dad Poor Dad helped me develop my understanding of ‘assets’ and ‘investments’ and the mindset of the entrepreneur. Our education system is designed for employees, so a supplement for financial literacy is essential to success as a business owner or investor.”

- Jay Hutto, Partner

5. True Professionalism (David Maister)

“I love the core message of this book: do work you love with people you like, and everything else will follow. You don’t have to think of business development as selling. It’s simply about helping people with problems and being part of their solution.”

- Erin Spiwak, Partner

4. The True Competitive Advantage: A Practical Guide to Achieving Extraordinary Success through Deep Relationships (Dan Silvert)

“I really thought the author had been watching me at work as I read about my own behavioral profile. He gives great insights into the way that different DISC profiles process information and make decisions, which is invaluable for knowing how to best communicate with people while providing client service, pursuing new opportunities, and numerous other situations.”

- Ken Kurdziel, Partner 

3. Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong (Kristen Hadeed)

“Kristen Hadeed's vulnerable yet humorous true stories remind readers that it's more than ok to be imperfect. This book provides a refreshing perspective on topics such as providing feedback, building loyalty, and how to gracefully swallow a giant piece of humble pie. Don't be fooled by the author's young age—emerging and advanced leaders alike can learn from her experiences.”

- Katie Davis, Partner

2. Who: The A Method for Hiring (Geoff Smart and Andy Street)

“This book make me think of talent development in the same terms as business development. A talent pipeline is as important as new business pipeline.”

- Suzanne Forbes, Managing Partner

1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel H. Pink)

“Dan Pink provides an interesting and thought-provoking look at the ebbs and flows of a day, and a lifetime, too! He provides practical ideas on how to consider and embrace these natural ebbs and flows we all experience.”

- Carol Villemaire, Former Managing Partner (Retired 2023)

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