Our Favorite Small Business Books and Podcasts of 2019
All successful business owners know that making time to learn new things is critical to success. But sifting through the seemingly-endless sea of content aimed at small-business owners is a bit of a drag.
That's why we've compiled a list of 2019's top books and podcasts geared toward small-business owners. Each entry on the list has been vetted by fellow entrepreneurs as must-read or must-listen content.
Best Small Business Books of 2019
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger
Disney CEO Bob Iger was named one of TIME's Most Influential People of 2019, but he's been influencing the world through his leadership for more than a decade. This business memoir tells his incredible story and challenges the reader to look for opportunities for disruption in everyday life.
Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
Feeling the pressure to grow your small business? Take a deep breath, and then read Paul Jarvis' fantastic guide Company of One. The freelance designer makes a compelling argument for staying small…as just you.
The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo
If you've ever had that slight freakout of, “Oh no… I'm the boss!," The Making of a Manager is for you. Facebook's VP of Product Design Julie Zhuo uses humor and relatable stories to help new leaders find their sea legs.
Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous, and Different by Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger
Entrepreneurs Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger take seven so-called “vices," deemed counterintuitive to success by society, and reframe them as virtues to help empower daring business leaders. Rebels will relate to its rally call.
Story 10x: Turn the Impossible Into the Inevitable by Michael Margolis
Learning to tell better stories is one of the most important skills you can master as a leader, because stories move people to change. Master storyteller Michael Margolis breaks down the artform and offers actionable tips to help business leaders sell anything to anyone.
Mean People Suck: How Empathy Leads to Bigger Profits and a Better Life by Michael Brenner
Nobody wants to work with — or for — someone they don't like. Michael Brenner offers a masterclass in emotional intelligence in this must-read for leaders looking to improve on their empathy.
Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey
How much of your time is spent on projects that actually matter? Do you wish you were crossing more off your to-do list instead of just starting and stalling on things? Charlie Gilkey's nine-step process will help leaders get the important things done.
You Don't Have to Be Ruthless to Win: The Art of Badass Selfless Service by Jonathan Keyser
Jonathan Keyser relays the story of compromising on his values to become uber-successful before realizing the sacrifices weren't worth it… and weren't even necessary. If you've ever felt torn between your principles and your profits, this book is for you.
Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others by Robert Glazer
Change doesn't happen in your comfort zone. Glazer offers insightful, actionable tips for helping leaders and their team members reach new heights.
The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Kerry Goyette
CEO and author Kerry Goyette provides a roadmap for improving decision-making, tracing problems to their roots, and identifying the things (and people!) that could be holding your company back. It's a mix of neuroscience and nuanced storytelling that should be a must-read for every stressed-out business leader.
Best Small Business Podcasts of 2019
The Influential Personal Brand Podcast, hosted by Rory Vaden and AJ Vaden
This fantastic podcast features superstar entrepreneurs who've built and scaled massive personal brands.
Opt Out Life, hosted by Dana Robinson and Nathaniel Broughton
This popular program challenges the idea that you've got to wait until later in life to have the things you want most.
Beyond 7 Figures: Build, Scale, Profit, hosted by Charles Gaudet
If you're looking for tips and trips from seven- and eight-figure earners, this podcast is for you!
Process Makes Perfect, hosted by Chris Ronzio
In this series, process-obsessed entrepreneurs dish on the systems that helped them get rich.
Beyond the To Do List, hosted by Erik Fisher
As the name suggests, episodes go beyond a list of items or tips in favor of deep-dive conversations with leaders who've accomplished big things.
With these books and podcasts you should have plenty of inspiration and ideas to kick it up a notch in 2020. Happy reading and listening!