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Books to make you a better entrepreneur.

Scott Loughmiller
The list author says: "This is a collection of books I've read over the years which have brought value to me as an entrepreneur. I thought it might be useful to have written down somewhere. I've always been on the product side of the house, so my list will lean that way."
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
"Drucker is the father of modern management.  This book covers two of my favorite topics and how closely they're related."
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
"The ability to execute is key for anyone's success, but for the entrepreneur it's critical.  David defines a method that allows you to execute at you maximum capacity at any time.  I can't recommend this book enough."
Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition
Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition
"I have a love/hate relationship with this book.  Topgrading has defined my hiring process.  It's been an indispensable guide for improving my skills at hiring, coaching, managing and even firing people.  However, it's too long, and if you go to the website be prepared for a giant sleazy infomercial.  There are priceless gems buried in this book, but you'll have to dig to get to them."
Blockbusters: The Five Keys to Developing GREAT New Products
Blockbusters: The Five Keys to Developing GREAT New Products
"Fantastic research into what it takes to make a blockbuster product.  Backed up with solid research, case studies and analysis."
The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving
The Thinker's Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving
"Problem solving is everyday skill for an entrepreneur.  This book has several really cool tools, tricks and techniques to get you thinking outside the box and come up with breakthrough ideas.  Just remember, this can be used in every corner of your business, not just product innovation."
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
"This book covers all the foundations of building a great team by understanding what happens without those foundations.  It's a short and engaging read, so no reason to skip this one.  If your team is a wreck, this book can save you.  If you already have a good team, this will give the tools to take it to the next level."
Winning
Winning
"Practical and useful advice on everything from managing people, to making a budget, to building your company strategy.  It's an easy read, and a fantastically helpful book."
Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It
Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System Is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It
"This book is a novel which makes it a good read.  Toyota does several things differently that most companies, and there's a lot to learn from them and their techniques."
Now, Discover Your Strengths
Now, Discover Your Strengths
"I'm a disorganized person.  Even if I spent my entire life dedicated to becoming an organized person, I would never be "very organized".  As long as I am organized enough, then it's time to focus on where I can be great.  That's what this book is about.  Find your strengths, and dedicate yourself to them.  You'll be more effective and happier than trying to minimize your weaknesses."
The Coward's Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight
The Coward's Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight
"Don't let the title turn you off.  It's also a guide for people who aren't quite cowards, but avoid conflict even when they know avoiding it is worse than facing it.  The motivation to initiate conflict and tools to deal with it are very valuable."
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
"This is another novel.  It's a great read and encourages bringing the scientific method to business decisions, which is a fantastic idea."
It's Not Luck
It's Not Luck
"Sequel to the goal, and actually better in my opinion."
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
"The title says it all: "How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant."  What else could you possibly want out of a book?"
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
"This is kind of a dry read, but it's worth it.  Very good info on figuring out methods of measuring all those things people say are "immeasurable"."