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Brian Scudamore’s Five Essential Books for Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Success in Business

Brian Scudamore is a serial entrepreneur and passionate people-person. He is well known for pioneering the professional junk-hauling industry with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? He’s added brands in the painting, moving and home-detailing industries under the O2E Brands banner. I had the pleasure of speaking to him yesterday, and today he’s my guest blogger, offering up his essential books for success in business. Follow him on Twitter @brianscudamore.

Book 1: The E-Myth : Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do about It

By Michael E. Gerber
One of my long-time faves. This is the book that showed me how to systematize my business. It busts some common myths we all hold about entrepreneurship.

Book 2: Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business

By Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters
When visionary and integrators share their natural talents and innate skill sets, they have the power to reach new heights for virtually any company or organization. We have our “integrator” COO Erik Church, who complements my “visionary” leadership style. Together, we’ve doubled the business!

Book 3: Speaking as a Leader: How to Lead Every Time You Speak … from Board Rooms to Meeting Rooms, from Town Halls to Phone Calls

By Judith Humphrey
Leadership is about communication. This book illustrates a simple, four-step speaking model that helps anyone communicate effectively.

Book 4: The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company (expanded and updated)

By Jack Stack
Teaches employees to think and act like owners, using open-book management techniques. We’ve found that being transparent and giving our people some skin in the game has been key to creating an engaged corporate culture.

Book 5: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

By Tim Ferriss
To lead effectively, you’ve got to take care of yourself. This book asks, “For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results?”

Meet Brian Scudamore

Brian is at the helm of a burgeoning home-service empire, each brand with franchise locations in every major metro in North America and Australia. He’s a respected industry leader and speaker, well known in the business community for his belief in people and passion for innovation. A strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development, he has attended programs offered by MIT for several years. If he’s not launching a new brand or coming up with a new, big idea, he’s biking or hanging out with his family in Vancouver, BC.


Twitter: @brianscudamore


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