I love to read. Always had it in my…since I was a child. I read books so fast, I would often run out of books. These days, I wish I could say that! I still love to read and try to read in my spare time. That’s the problem though, I don’t have as much spare time as I used to. Let’s just say between the family, job and business, I am pretty much busy most of the time.
Even though I am a pretty busy woman, I do still find some time to read. I like to read several different genres. I like to read biographies and memoirs, historical fiction, business, mystery, drama, and a few others. So you can see I am all over the place.
I do have some books that stand apart from others. In the business genre, I have to say that The EMyth Revisited, written by Michael Gerber, is one of my favorites.
In this book Gerber talks about how most small business are started by “technicians.” This is someone who is involved hands on in the how to of the business. They rarely focus on the other important aspects of the business. They also need to be the manager and entrepreneur, overseeing the business and growing the business. The technician needs to grow into the entrepreneur and hire others to be the technicians and managers. This enables the business owner to work on his business and not in his business.
The case study in the book uses a woman who is an excellent pie maker. Her goal was to open several bakeries using her recipes. However when she started her business, she was the technician. She was the baker. She could not get herself or see herself not being the one baking pies. He takes her through a transformation teaching her how to become the successful entrepreneur and eventually opening several bakery locations.
This book really opened my eyes to how important systems and processes are to a business. He talks about creating systems that will produce consistent and reliable results regardless who is working them. And this is what you want. You want to be able to hire other technicians to work in your business but produce the same results as if you were the technician. This gives you the freedom to build and grow your business.
This is just a little portion about the book. I totally would recommend this book to be on any entrepreneur’s book list.
So what is your favorite business book or what book are you reading now? Please share it with us in the comments below.