June 2, 2005

News & Opinion: Books for Small Business Month

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:20 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

May was Small Business Month. I know I am a day late with this post, but I have three books worth considering for the topic.

The first is Startup Nation by brother Jeffrey and Richard Sloan. These serial entrepreneurs have built a brand around helping others start their own businesses through a radio show, website, and newsletter. This book covers the basic from picking the idea through to funding expansion.

The second is a kit. It is the creation of star Kaliel Isaza Tuzman. The Entrepreneur's Success Kit comes in a box and consists of 2 books, 2 audio CDs, and deck of cards. Tuzman takes a more spiritual approach with a series of visualization and mediation exercises. The books act as the roadmaps with the CDs and cards giving you supplemental information on your journey.

The final book is a self-published title called Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead, and Last by Gary Harpst. This is your 6-step process book for how to succeed in small business.

  1. Decide What's Important
  2. Set Goals That Lead
  3. Align Systems
  4. Work The Plan
  5. Innovate Purposefully
  6. Step Back

We will being doing a little more with this book later in the month.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.