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Meet Madeline

Madeline is a Library Assistant at Burton Barr Library's hive @ central, an entrepreneurial center for small business and non-profit start-ups looking for research, mentoring, and a co-shared workspace. In addition to running a small business, her hobbies include home renovation, cooking, trying out new restaurants, and she is an avid reader who leans toward non-fiction, historical fiction, and business.

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Part of running a business is continuing to stay current with management and business trends. Staying motivated may be challenging as business owners and leaders find that quite a lot (everything?) in running the organization falls to them. To keep up with current trends and to keep motivated, here are a few of my favorite business picks, some of which are old standards and some of which are new and research focused. A few are just my favorite authors and business leaders, so grab anything they write!


The Startup playbook : secrets of the fastest-growing startups from their founding entrepreneursThe Startup Playbook: Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs

by David S. Kidder

This is a great book for when you need to stay motivated and see the big picture.  This book contains interviews with 40 founders who provide their vision and knowledge to what it took to build their businesses. Included are PayPal, LinkedIn, AOL, TED, Flickr, and many other household names. The path wasn't always easy for these founders, but focus and persistence prevailed!

Rich dad poor dad : with updates for today's world--and 9 new study session sections​Rich Dad, Poor Dad

by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter

The original 1997 edition is difficult to locate; however, there is a 20th Anniversary Edition that is readily available and includes updated notations. This book is way to open one's mind to looking at alternate ideas and philosophies.

Six thinking hatsSix Thinking Hats

by Edward de Bono

Put on your hat! Decision making may be difficult as there can be so much information, much of it conflicting. By using six modes of thinking, each depicted by a colored hat, de Bono explores how the human brain thinks and the ways the brain is challenged. This information may then be used in a structured way to think about a particular issue.

Mindset : the new psychology of successMindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

I liked this book because it helps recognize if you have a fixed mindset or a flexible mindset. We all want to think we have a flexible mindset, but often we are not the best judge of ourselves! This book uses examples and research to show us the two styles and where fixed or flexible mindsets come from, how each impacts your performance, and how to modify your mindset.

The 15 invaluable laws of growth : live them and reach your potential15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

by John C. Maxwell

I have read most of John C. Maxwell's books - you can't go wrong with his thoughts on leadership, motivation, and living a fulfilling life. This is one of my favorites.

Dare to lead : brave work, tough conversations, whole heartsDare to Lead: Brave Words, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts

by Brené Brown

I read anything by Brené Brown. This is a no-nonsense look at bringing heart and compassion into leadership.

When : the scientific secrets of perfect timingWhen

by Daniel Pink

I will read anything this author writes. My two favorites are his newest and his oldest! Pink talks about how timing impacts decision-making and if those decisions are successful or not. The sub-title of A Whole New Mind (below) tells it all – Why Right Brainers will rule the world. The future belongs to the creative-types.

A whole new mind : moving from the information age to the conceptual ageA Whole New Mind

by Daniel Pink


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