So what are the best business books for 2020?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll not only love to read but will use it as a development tool. In fact, many of the business owners and coaches I work with are using books and blogs to constantly learn.

Some books and blogs challenge our views and force us to re-think our business and our teaching, offering solutions and opportunities that we perhaps haven’t considered before.

Here are just some of my recommendations for 2020.

How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything

Written by Erin Falconer, the editor-in-chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain, this is an inspirational guide for overscheduled, overwhelmed women on how to do less so that they can achieve more.

“Women live in a state of constant guilt: that we’re not doing enough, that we’re not good enough, that we can’t keep up. If we’re not climbing the corporate ladder, building our side hustle, preparing home-cooked meals, tucking the kids in at night, meditating daily, and scheduling playdates, date nights, and girls’ nights every week, we feel like we’re not living our best lives. Yet traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch on the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list.”

Honest stories and real-life advice from Erin’s career, plus resources you can use and implement, How to Get Sh*t Done will change the way you think so that you can stop doing everything for everyone and start doing what matters to you.

Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life

By speaker and author Zig Ziglar, this book is written to highlight the fact that you can’t reach targets you don’t have and he shares his 4 reasons why people don’t set goals.

“Anyone can be, do, and have more. BUT… You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.”

This book talks you through the 9 steps of setting goals and how to reach them with daily actions.

Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth

A collaboration from emotional intelligence expert Richard Boyatzis and Weatherhead School of Management colleagues Melvin Smith and Ellen Van Oosten, this book is a practical lesson in helping people change. Not by ‘fixing people’ but “connecting to that person’s positive vision of themselves or an inspiring dream or goal they’ve long held”.

“This is what great coaches do–they know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times. In contrast, problem-centered approaches trigger physiological responses that make a person defensive and less open to new ideas.”

Using real-life stories and decades of research, this book highlights how using positive coaching allows people to think creatively, aiding them to grow in meaningful and sustainable ways.

The Coaching Effect: What Great Leaders Do to Increase Sales, Enhance Performance, and Sustain Growth

Written by Bill Eckstrom and Sarah Wirth.

After years of researching the activities, behaviours, and performance of leaders and studying over 100,000 workplace coaching, the authors of this book have been able to establish how coaching affects team outcomes and growth.

Using data and stories, this book demonstrates how leaders can measure and improve their coaching to lead their teams to better results. “Sharing three critical performance drivers, along with the four high-growth activities that coaches must execute to build a team that is motivated to achieve at the highest levels.”

Know of a must read this year? Why not let us know.