Today’s Resource Recommendation is Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm by Verne Harnish.
If you are a business owner, mastering the habits of a legendary business success like John D. Rockefeller is a compelling thought. The clever title is just the first of many things to like about this book.
The book opens with a compelling piece on Rockefeller’s habits and tying them to the important idea that a book of this type should be about how to do things, not all things theoretical.
The book delivers on that promise.
While written for a business owner or senior leaders in a growing organization (and if this is you, you must have this book), it contains great ideas for all leaders as well. To give you a glimpse as to why, here is the table of contents:
- Mastering Growth
- Mastering the Right People Doing the Right Things
- Mastering a One Page Strategic Plan
- Mastering the Use of Core Values
- Mastering Organizational Alignment and Focus
- Mastering the Quarterly Theme
- Mastering Employee Feedback
- Mastering the Daily and Weekly Executive Meeting
- Mastering the Brand Promise
- Mastering the Art of Bank Financing
From the titles, you may feel some of these chapters don’t apply to you. With the possible exception of Chapter 10, I am confident that you will find tremendous nuggets you can apply as a leader at any level and at any experience level.
I share and recommend this book with you precisely because it isn’t a purely “leadership book,” and therefore you might never be aware of it. As a business owner, it is one of the most important books I’ve read this year. As a leader in general, it contains tremendous lessons and opportunities for professional growth — some obvious and some requiring a bit of reflection and translation to your situation.
I assure you, these lessons are worth finding and applying.
I recommend this book highly, and encourage you to add it to your reading and application list today.