You made a resolution this year to read more books to better yourself personally and professionally. We can help you get started. We asked our top leaders in our company to name off the books they’d recommend if you want to grow in your career and personal life.
Before we dive in, our CEO Heath Haley highly recommends listening to books and articles through “Audible” (or something similar). As an extremely busy businessman, he takes every free opportunity (like his car ride to work or after he tucks his kiddos in bed) to pop in his Air Pods and listen to his books or articles. If you’re struggling for time, try it out!
Now, on to the recommendations.
Heath’s our CEO. Our ultimate leader. And crazy successful. If he recommends it, you should read it.
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
The cover explains perfectly what this book is about. It talks about “leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living.” If this can help one of Chattanooga’s busiest businessmen, it could help you!
Me by Elton John
Heath says you really just have to read this one. If you’re a fan of Elton John (like Heath) or want a really intriguing inside look into the “rock” lifestyle, you’ll want to add this autobiography to your reading list.
Nine Lies About Work by Ashley Goodall and Marcus Buckingham
Be a free thinker. And always be open-minded. Those are the two key points that Heath took away from this book. In order to be successful in business, according to Heath, you have to be open-minded and willing to listen to other’s input and feedback. If you think your way is the right way, you won’t get very far. Allowing your employees to give feedback, bring new ideas to the table, and feel like they are being listened to will produce a happier work environment and a more successful business.
Wall Street Journal Articles (through Audible)
Heath listens to the Wall Street Journal every morning. He says it’s critical for anyone professionally to listen in (or read) to stay up to date on current events/what’s happing in the business world.
Carter Garrett is our Vice President here at Trident Transport and is always reading inspirational books and articles.
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill and
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Why he recommends these two? “There are so many bad lessons out there in regard to our society, as it relates to ethics and social behavior. Being disciplined and driven have been the only true factors I can attribute my own success. Both these books draw on those principles – Have / Keep a plan (goal) and see it through no matter the cost of personal time, energy, or effort. Education helps, but drive will take you farther than any diploma.”
Tim Webb is our CFO and recommends two books that have personally helped him in his career.
4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney
The four disciplines of execution, if truly implemented, allows you to stay in control of the direction of your life, work, and the company. Can’t get much better than that.
It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
This book teaches you how to motivate people to take responsibility. Tim truly believes he learned to attract, motivate, and retain good employees through this book. The first time he read this book was 10 years ago, and he still attests to its methods even today.
Grayson Garrett is our Sr. Vice President of Sales and Branch Manager for Chattanooga.
Bo Knows Bo by Bo Jackson
If you want just an overall good read, Grayson says you can’t go wrong with this one. “To see where he came from and how he used his God-given talents to redirect his future is incredible.”
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Grayson said he learned a lot about leadership and teamwork through this book, and highly recommends it for any managers, leaders, or coworkers involved in group projects or in daily teamwork environments. He raves on the testament this book shows about how a group from all different walks of life can come together for a greater cause and work together as a team to overcome their battles, and how leaders can rise out of hardship and dire times and effectively lead their team to victory.
There you have it. 10 books to add to your 2020 reading list that we know will benefit you in more ways than one. Read one of our recs? Let us know what you thought!