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Three Books That Will Change Your Personal, and Professional Life...For The Better

Oct 25, 2018 3:45:31 PM

We could post a list of the "Top Books to Read to Improve Your Business" and scour the web to find ones that we think are great relating to business management, sales, marketing and more.

But we're making this reading guide a little different. The books listed below are ones that SEN Team members have read, taken to heart, and implemented into their daily lives. These are real examples of books that truly did influence personal, and professional development and growth, and we are excited to share a few with you!

How to Win Friends and Influence People - by Dale Carnegie

"This book has been the most influential in my career to date. I think it should be "Step 1" in anyone's sales career." - Greg Stebbins, Director of Member and Vendor Development, SEN Design Group

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Summary:  You can go after the job you want—and get it! You can take the job 
you have—and improve it! You can take any situation—and make it work for you! Dale Carnegie’s rock-solid, time-tested advice has carried countless people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. One of the most groundbreaking and timeless bestsellers of all time, How to Win Friends & Influence People will teach you: Six ways to make people like you, Twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking and Nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
"The phrase I live by to this day is “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care."

The Great Game of Business - by Jack Stack with Bo Burlingham

"This book, read many years ago, inspired me to introduce an open-book management style in my company. A culture that still exists today." - Dan Luck, VP Sales & Education 
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Summary: In the early 1980s, Springfield Remanufacturing  Corporation (SRC) in Springfield, Missouri,was a  near bankrupt division of International Harvester.  That's when a green young manager, Jack Stack,  took over and turned it around. He didn't know how to  "manage" a company, but he did know about the  principal, of athletic competition and democracy:  keeping score, having fun, playing fair, providing  choice, and having a voice. With these principals  he created his own style of management --  open-book management. The key is to let everyone in on  financial decisions. At SRC, everyone learns how to  read a P&L -- even those without a high school  education know how much the toilet paper they use  cuts into profits. SRC people have a piece of the  action and a vote in company matters. Imagine  having a vote on your bonus and on what businesses the  company should be in. SRC restored the dignity of  economic freedom to its people. Stack's  "open-book management" is the key -- a system  which, as he describes it here, is literally  a game, and one so simple anyone can use  it. 

Younger Next Year - by Chris Crowley & Dr Harry Lodge

A favorite of Ken Peterson, CKD, President & Founder. 

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 3.43.21 PMSummary: In their New York Times Bestseller Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge offer a practical guide anyone can use to stay fit and strong, navigate the uncertain road of retirement, and age with grace. Crowley and Lodge contend that aging is a choice you make every day—with what you do, what you eat, and how you connect—and offer straightforward and science-backed rules to reverse the dreadful process of decay. "Younger Next Year" is a must-read for anyone who wants to live more purposefully. 



Have any additional book recommendations that the team should check out? Let us know!