Carefully-chosen books are thoughtful yet inexpensive gift ideas for the entrepreneur or business person on your list. They also make great choices to put on your own wish list. Take a look at our choices of best management and productivity books:
When Paul B. Brown first wrote this book, the original title he intended was “Thriving in the Pink Slip Economy.” Most of his friends saw that as ‘too depressing.’
So he changed it. Now, the title makes you feel in charge, and not a victim.
Alan Fox dispenses information such as this quote from the book: “When you receive a trouble letter or email, no matter how aggravated you feel, wait three days before you respond. Often the offending message will lose much of its power and will blend into the background ‘noise’ of your professional life. This will enable you to respond with a clearer head.”
The Millionaire Master Plan by Roger Hamilton teaches you how to manage your personal wealth and also teaches you how to get to the next level with it.
And since business owners use our own wealth, our business IS our money (and vice versa). (Amazon )
Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine 
Author Mike Michalowicz discusses tasks as plates. Tasks, he says, should be served in small plates and must be eaten in smaller portions. From here, temptations should be avoided for greater results (productivity).
This is not another book telling you to create a “to do” list. According to the author, to do lists get to be complex and cluttered and become part of the problem, not the solution. The answer is to revamp your “to do” list.
S.J. Scott is one of the top Kindle authors in the personal productivity space.
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
How many times have you viewed obstacles as threats instead of opportunities? Most of the time people react that way.
But with Ryan Holiday’s book, you’ll know how to work through the pain and turn it into something good. This book is inspiring for business owners having a rough time — or who just a need a positive boost.
Read it and start looking at the bright side. See every obstacle as an opportunity to change for the better. (Amazon ) Read our review.
Ah, that age old question! This compact book — 181 pages including appendices — is just the right size to help you understand how to get great results from employees.
Author George Langelett advocates that empathy leads to better management of business crises and challenges.
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business 
Chris Ducker teaches you how to choose and train virtual staff. Flexible “just in time” workforces are in.
Ever wonder what makes someone stand out like a leader and another person not?
While some people may seem as if they were born with “presence” they actually were hewn by their own experiences and efforts, according to author Sylvia Hewlett.
Creativity is something that you choose to practice every day, say the authors, Tom and David Kelly.
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