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Business Book Recommendations from Three EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalists


Business Book Recommendations from Three EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalists


As I reported a couple weeks ago, Supporting Strategies founder and CEO Leslie Jorgensen was named a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the New England Region.

Award winners will be announced on Thursday, June 4. In advance of the event, we thought it would be fun to pose a question to a few of the finalists: What are one or two of your favorite business books? And what did you learn that has contributed to your success as an entrepreneur?

We'll get things started with Leslie's recommendations …

Getting Things Done by David Allen: As the CEO of a fast-growing business and mother of three boys under the age of 10, effective time management is critical to my success (and sanity). Allen's approach to email management was literally life-changing: "Do it, Defer it, Delete it, Delegate it!"

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain: This book has really helped me frame my own leadership skills, accounting for the unique qualities that introverts like me bring to the table.

Robert_GlazerRobert Glazer
Founder & Managing Director, Acceleration Partners

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: One of the most influential books I have ever read. It does a great job of capturing the entrepreneurial spirit and the courage it takes to make a new idea successful when the rest of the world doesn't see your vision.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Despite its title, Tim Ferris' best seller teaches us how to get out of the day-to-day of our business, work on the business from 30,000 feet and design a work/life balance that is not about just enjoying yourself in retirement.

Nathan_EagleNathan Eagle
Co-founder & CEO, Jana

I generally have absolutely no patience for traditional business books. However, there is one particular business book that I found extraordinarily insightful: The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz.

Ben gets it. He understands what it is like to be in my shoes because he has been on the rollercoaster as well, seeing his company through the very bad times and the very good. The book contains no academic theorizing; rather it presents a first-hand, authentic perspective on what it is really like to be an entrepreneur. 

Gina Sabelli


Gina Sabelli

Gina is a Marketing Associate at Supporting Strategies.

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