Books We Recommend

You may be wondering why I say, “Books WE recommend”. Who is “We”?

Honestly, it’s me and  the cats and the chickens. I’m the only one who knows how to read, but they can tell when  I’ve gotten something out of a book. I’m more cheerful and give them more treats.

However you express satisfaction, these books will get you there.

Bonnie Simon Says, “Read these books!”


Dr. Steven Simon’s book, Relaunch, helps people who want or need to make a career change. Whether you’re bored with your job or maybe you have a disability that is making it difficult to continue on your current path, Dr. Simon helps you make a big or small career shift.

Dr. Simon is the founder of Human Services Outcomes and also my dad! Having a career specialist for a parent is great! I’ve never had any trouble finding a job. Click on the link to consult with him about your career.

Dr. Ivan Misner is the founder of Business Networking International (BNI), and an expert in business networking. I read every book of his that I can get my hands on because networking is a fun way to find business and make friends.

Lots of people say they don’t want to do “sales”, presumably because they fear looking selfish. Dr. Misner’s approach to business networking focuses on collaboration and helping others.

Michael J. Maher’s book, The Seven Levels of Communication, shows you how to build a referral network using the most effective methods of communication for the situation. It’s written as a story and is very easy to read.

I got this book at Kelly Ikenberry’s Women’s Momentum Mastermind group and was so impressed that I took the time to outline it and integrate it into my business plan.

I was surprised at how entertaining Carnegie’s book was! It’s easy to read and gives you very specific advice about how to interact with people. If you’re doing any kind of business networking or even just trying to make friends, you’ll get a lot from it.

This book is so packed with useful information that it took me six months to read the whole thing. Burchard wanted to know what it is about high performers that set them apart from everyone else. He lays out the results in a clear way that tell the reader exactly what to do to develop the same habits. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I was so impressed that I ordered all of Burchard’s other books at once.

You might wonder why this book is in my list of business books. The DBT manual is for mental health therapists, right?

Yes, it is, but lots of people get discouraged and give up on starting a business because something in them believes they aren’t good enough, a belief that makes it difficult to understand discouraging events.

The DBT Skills Training includes worksheets to help you use evidence to analyze how you feel about a situation. Is your business really failing or is your perception skewed? This book will help you answer questions like that more accurately and make better decisions.

I am not telling you to get up before 8AM. That’s not my style. But Mr. Elrod’s book does a great job of explaining how to start every day on the right track. As a business owner, you need to understand who you are and what you believe. This book tells you how to develop habits that give you insight.