Here is the continuation of that list, in chronological order, from my first encounter with each book:
When our business was smaller, I could have my hand in everything. As we grew, the need for systems became more prevalent.
The overall premise of Gerber’s classic book is that every business should document and operate by systems, as if it were going to become a franchise, even if it has no plans to become a franchise.
This book inspired us to create an operations manual for every department in our company.
Every area of your business should be so well-documented, with step-by-step procedures, that in theory, you could grab anyone off the street, hand them the manual, and they can do the job.
It’s a major step in growing from the technician, to the manager, to the entrepreneur.
This is another book that could be dangerous if used for evil and manipulation.
Dr. Cialdini is an expert in the field of psychology and persuasion. Influence examines why people say “yes,” breaking it down in to these 6 fundamental principles:
I’ve had my team study this book. We use these tools to constantly improve our sales/marketing language, brand image, customer service, and company culture.
This book is a lot of fun. The author speaks with high energy, and he truly lives and breathes the efficient lifestyle that he teaches.
2 Second Lean is all about doing things in the most efficient way possible, and the continuous ongoing improvement (Japanese word: “kaizen”) of those processes.
If you look around our office, you’ll see posters of The 8 Wastes that plague every company:
Every reduction of waste makes your business more lean, more efficient, and more profitable.
We implemented this in our company, and asked every team member to commit the first 30 minutes of every day to making some type of improvement (sweep, sort, standardize) that will shave 2 seconds off the time it takes to complete a routine task. It might be as simple as moving a trash can from one side of the room to another, thus reducing wasted motion. Those 2-second improvements add up, and before you know it, one person is able to do the work of two people, without feeling overwhelmed.
One major effect this had for us: just by rearranging our production department, we were able to increase output by 40%, without needing to hire more people, work more hours, or buy more machines.
2 Second Lean applies to more than just business. You can also adopt this lifestyle in your home and travel.
Reminder, this does not mean Code of the Extraordinary Mind is my #1 favorite book. It is simply the most recent book that I’ve found myself reading 3 times now, and I have recommended to several others.
Vishen is the founder of Mindvalley, one of the world’s top education companies, with over 500,000 students.
My key takeaways:
The common themes I’ve noticed while writing this are:
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the books that have impacted me. There are countless others. I narrowed the scope of the question to books that I’ve read more than once, recommended to others, or given as gifts. These 8 made the top of the list.
What are some books in your life that fit this criteria? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for good book recommendations.