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Top 14 Business Books

At Gainey’s, we deeply value constantly improving ourselves and our business. As a company and individuals, we are evolving and learning. These 14 business books are some of our CEO Lisa Roache's favorites. From finance to leadership, no matter your position these books can be beneficial.

14| Ownership Thinking by Brad Hams

In “Ownership Thinking” Hams analyzes the crippling disease that is destroying modern businesses... entitlement. Through “The Right Education”, and “The Right Measures”, Hams hopes to teach the lost skill of humility and how it can impact your business.

13| The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

This best-selling novel introduces the “Theory of Constraints,” and how it can change your business. Goldratt has been described as a “Guru to the Industry,'' and this book is his realistic fiction masterpiece. Goldratt analyzes modern business practices and how to implement them in your life and business.

 12| The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni

In another leadership fable, Lencioni delves into what makes a leader more than just “good”. Through the tale of Rich O’Connor, readers can learn the specific traits or obsessions of a successful leader. These skills can easily be translated from fiction into one's everyday practices.

11| The Integrity Chain by Ralph E. James, Ph.D.

Subtitled “The Link to Profitability in Construction” James analyzes and breaks down the metaphorical “Links” of integrity: integrity, trust, repeat business, profit. This a beneficial business book read!

10| How to be a Great Boss! by Gino Wickman Rene Boer

Gino Wickman joins forces with business pro, Rene Boer, to describe how implementing proper leadership can allow your business to flourish. They discuss finding a balance between having pride in your role and seeing your employees as the most valuable asset to your company. By using these skills, you can create a successful, productive, and happy work environment.

9| Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount

This book gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide to prospecting. It explains the details of how and why businesses should prospect. With this book, you can ditch all the failed strategies and learn a sure-fire method for success. Learn how to keep the pipeline full and avoid sales slumps!

 8| The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey


Covey's theory asks you to “seek first to understand and then to be understood.” This habit cuts down on reactivity and instead encourages thought and patience. By understanding these principles, you can become a more effective leader, employee, and person!

7| Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit! by George Hedley

Hedley, one of the country’s top business coaches, reveals some of his best-kept secrets to success in this book. From managing teams to navigating customer relations, this book is sure to boost your knowledge in all areas of the construction business.  Take Hedley’s advice to “Stop Postponing Your Future” and implement the Biz-Builder Blueprint!


6| Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

25 years after the release of his original book on leadership, Maxwell released “Developing the Leader Within You 2.0.” This book includes all the new knowledge and insight he has absorbed as a leader. No matter your area of leadership type (Family, Business, or Education), Maxwell's lessons and tips are sure to make you rethink the way you lead.

5| The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

In “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” Lencioni offers an enthralling and educational leadership fable. Through the story of Kathry Peterson, the reader can uncover what causes the failure of a team and company. By learning from Peterson, you are able to identify shortcomings in your team and work towards mending them.

4| Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Struggling to find a way to use your strengths in the professional setting? This is the book for you. Creator of the successful online assessment StrengthsFinder, Rath uses his wealth of knowledge to create 34 “themes.” These themes recognize the strengths of each individual, and the book describes how they can be beneficial in the workplace. 

3| Setting the Table by Danny Meyer

As CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, Meyer is no stranger to customer service. A successful owner of eleven restaurants in New York, he knows how to run a business. In this book, he hopes to share his plethora of knowledge, which can be implemented in any business.

2| Who Will Do What By When by Tom Hanson, Ph.D. , and Birgit Zacher Hansons, M.S.

Through the story of Jake, a successful salesperson turned failing manager, Hanson teaches the implementation of “Integrity Tools.” These tools are useful for navigating the tangled web of organizational politics and interpersonal issues. The book hopes to evoke sustainable, outstanding performance in teams. 

1| Traction by Gino Wickman

The number one business book in Lisa's opinion, Traction! Subtitled “Get a Grip on Your Business”, this book dives into the six key components of a business. It contains an analysis of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, a practical method for success. Wickman describes the simple yet powerful way to run your company, to boost profit, efficiency, and morale. 

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As you noticed, some of these recommended books are geared toward construction and manufacturing. Gainey's is a precast concrete manufacturer located in Holden, LA. Learn more about our business and what we do. Contact us if you have any questions!

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