As proven by several studies, reading books, especially good and inspirational books have a positive impact on one's psyche.
Read the inspiring books recommended by technopreneurs:
1. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Do not
It is a management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.
Collins presents the findings from his and his team’s half a decade of research in the conquest of how to make good companies great.
The findings of the Good to Great study is very surprising and they are:
Level 5 Leaders:
Research has shown that some adoption in what makes an effective leader, who has brought the transformation are not the ones who are charismatic or big personalities but are rather quiet, shy, deliberate. They are the ones who have the combination of humility and professional will.
The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles):
It is the strategic difference between Good and Great companies. Great companies have a deep understanding of three major dimensions: What can you be the best in the world at? What drives your economic engine? And What are you deeply passionate about?
A Culture of Discipline:
It requires people to strongly adhere to the defined hedgehog concepts but at the same time provides much-needed freedom to take disciplined actions within that framework.
When you combine a culture of discipline with ethical pillars of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results.
The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:
A quiet and deliberate process of figuring out what needs to be done for best future results and taking those steps one by one, pushing the flywheel in a consistent direction until it achieves a breakthrough point.
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2. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
Written by journalist Brad Stone this book documents the rise of Amazon.com. It starts with an introduction to Jeff Bezos’s life and it goes on to describe his early career and how he quits his lucrative job to start an online bookstore.
It will take you on Bezos's journey of how he wins the investments of other VCs, overcomes a lot of hurdles, stays lean, keeps the company expenses very low by staying frugal, and builds the company around the customer by focusing on customer happiness.
Further, the author talks about Amazon’s survival through the dot com boom and subsequent collapse, what it takes to run a successful business against all odds, by constantly innovating and turning where needed. It also explains Amazon’s spectacular foray into selling other products and services.
10 Things I Learned Reading Brad Stone’s The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon: Click here.
3. Dream With Your Eyes Open by Ronnie Screwvala
In this book, a first-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala detail his vast experiences and the myriad lessons learned from more than two decades of building some successful (and some not-so-successful) businesses, bringing clarity to a quickly changing business landscape and making an impassioned case for the role of entrepreneurship in India's future.
This book shares failures and triumphs, thoughts and anecdotes in a simple narrative that could help you gain better insights into emotional intelligence for entrepreneurship. It hopes to demystify failure, inspire success, raise ambitions, and help you think big.
4. The High-Performance Entrepreneur by Subroto Bagchi
Subroto Bagchi, co-founder, and chief operating officer of MindTree Consulting, shares his own highly successful experience to offer guidance from the idea stage to the IPO level. This includes how to decide when one is ready to launch an enterprise, selecting a team, defining the values and objectives of the company when and how to scale up, and writing the business plan to choosing the right investors, managing adversity, and building the brand.
Additionally, Bagchi narrates the systems and values which have made Indian IT companies on a par with the best in the world. More than just a guide,
This is a book that will tap the entrepreneurial energy within you. Click here.
5. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
It is a book about the culture of Netflix. Netflix has led a revolution in the entertainment industry, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue while capturing the imagpeoplens of hundreds of millions of people in over 190 countries.
Shortlisted for the 2020 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings reveals the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies. No Rules Rules is a fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies.
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Contributor: Jyotshana Rani
Jyotshana is very keen to express her views on new topics and wants readers to remember her through her writing. She is passionate about reading and believes that words wield the power of changing the scenario and she uses them to encourage people to the best of her knowledge.