You probably know someone who works very hard to make a success of their small business (or maybe that someone is you). This gift-giving season, help them work smarter with these 10 great reads. Written by world-renowned experts, they offer wisdom and actionable tips that have helped millions of businesspeople achieve their dreams.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

by Stephen R. Covey

Success starts from within, says Covey, and the right attitudes make all the difference in dealing with work, life, change and challenges. Now available in a 25th anniversary edition, this best-selling classic has led everyone from CEOs to teachers to be more successful in their personal and professional lives.

 

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

Nobody has more need of this book than the small business owner who probably does the work of at least 5 people every day. First written 15 years ago and now completely updated for the current and future workplace, it offers a comprehensive approach to efficiently organizing tasks.

 

How to Win Friends & Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

First published in 1936, this is the all-time best-selling book on building and improving relationships. The small business owner can profit greatly from these tried-and-true steps to make people like you, win them to your way of thinking, and change them without causing resentment.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap & Others Don’t

by Jim Collins

Some businesses are successful because they do everything right from day one. But what about the companies who make mistakes, are mediocre or even positively bad, and then go on to turn it around? Jim Collins researched 28 such companies and shares insights on their successful management strategies and practices.

 

The Tipping Point

by Malcolm Gladwell

When — and why — does an idea, trend or product become a phenomenon? The Tipping Point examines that magic moment, and how businesses can use social science to empower their sales and marketing.

 

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

by Michael Gerber

Small business owners can be held back from success by their expectations, assumptions and even technical expertise. Michael Gerber dispels the myths and provides an experienced guide through every stage in the life of a business, from start-up to growing pains to maturity.

 

Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service

by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles

In the era of social media and online reviews, customer service is more important than ever. This book provides instantly actionable tips and techniques for turning customers who are merely satisfied into raving fans who will boost your bottom line and help promote your business.

 

Zero to One: Notes on Startups

by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

Starting a business doing what others already know how to do takes you from one to whatever. This book covers what to do when you’re looking for or have invented a completely new idea — starting with learning to think for yourself.

 

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth

Often, the secret to success is not exceptional talent, intelligence or expertise, but simply not giving up. In this New York Times best-seller and Forbes must-read business book of the year, psychologist Angela Duckworth shares inspiring stories of those who were repeatedly knocked down, and always got back up.

 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink

What causes people to strive for success? If you answered, the desire for money, fame or power, you’re wrong. What really motivates high performance is personal satisfaction: the ability to direct their own lives, the opportunity to learn and create, and the sense of purpose to improve their family and the world. Business owners and their employees alike will reap the rewards of fulfilling these needs.