Book columnist shares top Biz reads
By Becky Brooks
Cathy Allen, who writes a column for the North Coast Business Journal, spoke to the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday noon.
She shared her Top 10 list of business must-read books and how to find sources to find more books to aid buisnesses in succeeding.
Allen’s business is CreativeOptionC, which works with businesses in facilitating, providing feedback and building capacity.
She told about a dozen people at the monthly chamber luncheon held at the Willows Club House that one very good source is the book, “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You”.
In the community, the business owner said that visiting the local library can help a reader find the book they are seeking.
She also recommended people who love to read visit should www.goodreads.com.
Her other favorite locations to find good books to read relating to topics of specific interest are bookstores, especially in airports. The latter has limited space so books arried are most important and are targeted at buisness travlers.
She also recommended www.Abebooks.com, which is a netowrk of independent book sellers where used books can be purchased at a lower price that new book sites.
Allen also told those present that www.Summary.com offers a supscription service and has complilations of books.
She added that at www.WhatisCathyReading.com, she offers two-page summaries of books in six categories.
Allen suggested that business people take advantage of Linked-In. and its resources.
Her Top-10 business book list included (first to tenth):
•“7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen R. Covey;
•“Getting to Yes” by rogert Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton;
•“Drive” by Daniel Pink;
•“No Asshole Rule” by Robert I. Sutton;
•“Now, Discover Your Strengths”, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton;
•“Leading Change”, by John Kotter;
•“Secrets of Six-Figure Women, by Barbara Stanny;
•“E-Myth Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber;
•“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” by Marshall Goldsmith;
•“Good to Great” by Jim Collins.