6 Books to Help Explode Your Business in 2016

6 books for 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… a better you makes for a better business.  I’m a firm believer that personal growth is the first step toward business growth.  In fact, I will go so far as to say if your business is stagnant, hit a plateau, stuck in the same place it was 6, 12, 18 months  ago – I guarantee you – the leader of the organization – has stopped intentionally growing you. PERIOD.

If you want to ensure your business continues to grow, you need to intentionally be growing you both personally and professionally.

To help you kick off 2016 with a bang, here’s my list of the top 6 books to grow your business and yourself!

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Want to know what it takes to be a true leader?  Simon Sinek can help with that.  He says all the great ones had one thing in common, they asked why.  The premise of this book is that if you define “your why” then you can share that why to inspire and lead others.  Your why must be strong enough to propel you and keep you motivated through the challenges that will arise – and challenges will arise in and out of the office.

If you’ve ever struggled with the why of all that you do Sinek can help you discover the answer.  This book is a definite game-changer.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

This is actually John’s 3rd book in the Laws series (following the 2-million seller The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the million seller The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork).  In this book he shares everything he has learned about developing yourself so that you have the best chance of becoming the person you were created to be.

This is a book I literally have delivered to the doorstep of each and every client I work one-on-one with.  Why do I start with this one?  Because I believe if you create a foundation of leading yourself to the best of your abilities first, leading others and creating an environment for incredible teamwork, become a more natural next step (or rather next layer to your foundation).

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

A true classic when it comes to self-help books.  It was first published in 1937 at the height of the Great Depression.  All these decades later and Hill’s book is still one of the bestselling books of all time.  The author studied 40 millionaires, trying to learn the ins and outs, whys and hows of their successes.  The heart of his book revolves around 13 principles of personal achievement.  And while it’s nearly 80-years-old, Think and Grow Rich is still extremely relevant.

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion  by Gary Vaynerchuk

Inspirational and autobiographical.  Vaynerchuk will teach you how to brand yourself no matter what your passion is, create great content, how to distribute the content and succeed overall in this digital age.

Feeling overwhelmed with all the social media channels out there and how to use them advantageously in your business?  Then get your hands on this book, it’s a must-read.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change  by Stephen R. Covey

This book takes a good hard look at the true importance of character and ethics.  Covey believes in order to have success a person must be willing to align one’s life with certain core universal principles.

One of his most influential principles is that concerning time management.  He wrote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”   Who couldn’t use a lesson in better time management?!

And after all, if you are not leading YOUR priorities, have no doubt that you will be led by someone’s priorities.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

From the grandfather of self-improvement.  Carnegie’s classic book was first published in 1936 and much like Napolean Hill’s remains a best-seller today.  The main gist of Carnegie’s idea is that “the person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people — that person is headed for higher earning power.”

When asked about his philosophy, Carnegie said, “The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus.”

There you have it, some of the must-reads for 2016.  I promise you these books will have you feeling more inspired, motivated and excited about your business.

What are some of your favorite books that have helped to shape your business?

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success, Dana

PS – If you are truly READY and WILLING to make 2016 your best year yet by maximizing your work hours so you can truly maximize your enjoyment in and out of the office, apply for a COMPLIMENTARY strategy session with me today!


How Intention Will Bring Success To You in 2016

Intention in 2016Last week we discussed the power of intent and how it can transform your thoughts into tangible success.

Today I’m going to take things a step further and show you how to use the power of intent to finish out 2015 with a bang (and start the new year off right).  Take notes if you feel so inclined, this is going to be some great information to use over and over again!

The key to a balanced life is intention.

We already know that setting intentions will transform your life and business so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Who should set intentions?

Every.  Single. Person. Well, except those people who don’t want to see results or live life to its fullest potential.

When do I set intentions?

Great question!  And the answer is simple: all the time!  Before you head into a a big meeting, take calls with clients, make dinner, spend time with friends or family, whatever task you’re about to embark on.

Don’t just set intentions for your big picture dreams, use them everyday.  Nothing is too trivial, because all of those small intentions act as stepping stones toward the big important “things” in your business and overall life.

Practice makes perfect right?  So with all that warming up you’ll be an intentional machine in no time.

What do I do?

First, take a few deep breathes and ask yourself these three important questions:

  1. Who do I want to be right now in this moment?
  2. How do I want to feel?
  3. What is the perfect/ideal/most amazing outcome or result that I want?

Remember intentions are flexible and adaptable.  They are built to last, unlike a goal which is something that can be completed/finished and easily derailed by unforeseen circumstances.

Still not sold on the Power of Intent?

Using the power of intent in your business and everyday life WILL cultivate success and its scientifically proven.

The 2007 book, The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart, explores the actual science behind the power of intent.  Her in-depth research clearly demonstrates an undeniable fact: thought is a thing that affects other things.  Mactaggart pulled together decades of research conducted at laboratories and universities including Princeton, MIT and Stanford.

“Intention is a directed thought, a thought aimed at something or someone with the goal of influencing something physical.  It is using your consciousness to change something in physical reality.  Intention manifests itself as electrostatic and magnetic energy.  Thoughts are ‘things’ too.”

~Lynne McTaggart, author The Intention Experiment 

I’ll leave you with this invitation to be intentional about one small thing today.  Simply shift your thinking.  Decide who you want to be, what you want to create or accomplish and how you want to feel in a situation.  Your result are in your hands – its that simple!

The little actions you take now will serve as rock solid foundations of success in 2016.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,


Contact me today for a Complimentary Strategy Call and together we can plan a year full of your intentions for 2016.