Inspiration undoubtedly comes in many forms, and for business leaders, it is quite often literature. But the best books aren’t simply read and set aside; they are referenced time and time again and provide their readers with valuable insight that can be applied to a range of situations. Here are a few favorite reads from area executives that have had a lasting impact on their careers and how they approach not just business, but the world.
By Bob Burg and John David Mann
I have enjoyed numerous influential reads over my 43-year banking career, which makes choosing one a bit difficult. One of my recent favorites is The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It is a business parable that packs a big idea with its message that shifting our focus from getting to giving is not only a fulfilling way to live life and conduct business, but the most profitable way as well. The Go-Giver shares five simple principles that are the secret to achieving realistic success in life, while also becoming a better person. I have found the book and its laws to be extremely useful in every facet of life. By putting others first, you will not only enjoy business success but also personal gratification. If you enjoy business parables, you will enjoy this uplifting, quick read with a timeless message of generosity.
Chattanooga Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners