For Accelerators, Multipliers and Entrepreneurs – The Books we read in 2016

It is important that you don’t only focus on Tech skills,  when you build a Software Business. As an entrepreneur and a leader in Tech you need to start early developing your personal and especially your communication skills. So we did in 2016! Here’s the list.

It’s a topic off IT-Security for the end of the year. We like to show you which books helped us to build our business or inspired us most.  The interesting fact is that we have read most books for the second or third time! This is our small list for Accelerators, Entrepreneurs and Multipliers in Business:

Why Scaling Up from Verne Harnish?

When starting a venture or when scaling a business you always should focus on topics which matter most and are most important for the next few months. But doing so, you should never lose the strategic sight and focus on your venture. Verne provides a cookbook for company development splitting the topic into People, Strategy, Cash and Execution, providing a lot of Growth Tools like a ‘One Page Strategic Plan’ etc. It’s a ‘must know and apply’ book  for Business Accelerators or Entrepreneurs. And it’s definitely not only valid for startups!

Why 7 Habits of Highly Effective People from Stephen R. Covey?

This is quite simple: This is basic knowledge about self-efficiency! Learn to distinguish important from urgent and learn to manage your personal things in a positive way. ‘His’ 7 habits are:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put Things First (Urgent/NonUrgent – Important/NonImportant
  4. Think Win/Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  6. Synergise (Trust & Cooperation = Synergies, Synergetic Communication, the Third Alternative, negative Synergies)
  7. Sharpen the Saw = innovate yourself all the time…

Why Multipliers from Liz Wiseman? 

Because you should know how you can empower your environment! AND: You should also what personal behaviour is cannibalising the performance of you and your team! Awesome, so please, be a

  • Multiplier which is a Talent Magnet, a Liberator, Challenger, Debate Maker and an Investor instead being
  • A Diminisher who is a Empire Builder, a Tyrant, a Know-it-All, a Decision Maker and a Micro Manager

Why SAFe from Leaffingwell / Mathis? 

The Scaled Agile Framework means ‘from an Software Development Model to a Management Model for a whole Enterprise’! SAFe is combining “Lean” and “Agile” to be used by bigger Firms. It is an evolutionary step which is becoming disruptive for big organizations when implemented properly, because both topics (Lean & Agile) are stepping out of the IT-Development niche and are becoming a management model for the whole organization! Awesome.

Why Slideology from Nancy Duarte?

Because a Picture tells much more than text! It’s a book which shows you how you can create brilliant presentation slides. It is one of our most inspirational books, is is an beautiful gem. 

Why Non Violent Communication from Marshal. B Rosenberg?

Because it is about adressing things without accusing, it really helps if you want to have the things done! The stuff is easy to learn but really hard to implement, because this means that you need to change yourself!

Why Lean Startup from Eric Ries?

If you went to business school in the time before the internet existent, most of your business knowledge is outdated! Stop building ‘fully functional’ solutions and start with minimum viable products (MVP). Make small steps and Build-Measure-Learn and start over! Questions? It’s a must read for every manager and leader older than 30 (2016)! Learn more about the Lean principles here.

Why Lean Analytics from Alistair Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz?

One of the biggest changes doing business in Digital Age is the need for measuring everything (important). The book provides best practices how to measure progress in your organization. Just do it.

These were the Must Reads for Accelerators, Entrepreneurs and Multipliers

Happy reading and we wish a successful 2017 to everybody! Click the links to see the books on Amazon: Verne Harnish Scaling up, Stephen R. Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Liz Wiseman Multipliers, Dean Leffingwell  SAFe, Nancy Duarte Slideology, Marshall B. Rosenberg Non Violent Communication, Eric Ries Lean Startup, Alistair Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz Lean Analytics.

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