Whenever anyone asks us for advice starting a business, running a business, or growing a business we inevitably point them to one or all of these resources.
If you have a thirst for learning then dig in!
SELFASSEMBLED PARTNER NETWORK
Our Founder & Chief Visionary - Glenn Grant has been an active member of the EO Network for 10 years. Here's what he has to say about it:
"It's the most amazing peer group for entrepreneurs you could be a part of. The people and the knowledge I have gained has completely changed my business and my life. I HIGHLY recommend you check them out."
- Glenn Grant, Founder & Chief Visionary
EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts.
EO is a member network for entrepreneurs who are founders or owners of businesses with over $1M in annual revenues. In this group, you will gain knowledge from peer learning as well as amazing experiences and relevant speakers.
The value I have received from this group is immeasurable and joining EO is a complete no-brainer if you own your own experience and truly engage with the EO community.
Currently, the EO Network has 193 chapters, in 60 countries around the globe with 14,000 members who employ 4.1M people worldwide.
If you want to roll with the cool kids then definitely check out EO.
Not at $1M in revenue yet? No problem!
EO Accelerator is for entrepreneurs who own businesses with $250K - $1M in annual revenue. It's a program that empowers you to grow your business to $1M in annual revenue.
If you are ready to drink from the fire hose and really get your business rolling this is the program for you. Our Founder & Chief Visionary, Glenn Grant is a proud Accelerator graduate and the EO Boston Board Chair, running the Accelerator program in Boston.
Has he not joined the Accelerator when he did, it would have taken him many more years to achieve his personal and professional goals. Accelerator gave him the chance to start connecting with EO members early on and propel the business forward.
We can't recommend this program enough to any entrepreneur that wants to grow their business and get out of the weeds. Learn More Here.
Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult their business to the next level. Learn More Here.
Built to sell radio
Built To Sell Radio
Built To Sell Radio is a weekly podcast for business owners interested in selling a business.
Each week, John Warrillow, author of best-selling book Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You and founder of the Value Builder System interviews an entrepreneur who has recently sold a business about the process of selling, their successes, and lessons learned.
It's the ultimate insider's guide to the most important financial transaction of your life. So, if you're thinking of eventually selling your business, this podcast is for you.
Our Favorite Episodes
Co-founders Eytan Wiener and Jonathan Goldman started Quantum Networks as a simple Amazon Reseller of technology gadgets. The business model was basic. Resell a semi-known brand’s product on Amazon, or source a device people wanted in China and resell it on Amazon at a slim margin.
Carrie and Dave Kerpen started Likeable Media, a social media agency, in 2006. The business grew to more than 50 employees when the couple met for their annual partner’s retreat.
The Kerpen's realized their business had blossomed into a big success which they estimated was close to 90% of their net worth.
There are a lot of great business and professional development books out there, there are also a lot of terrible ones. Below you will find a collection of solid books that can really move the needle with unique commentary from our Chief Visionary's playbook.
In case you're not into reading, most if not all of these gems are available on Audible for your listening enjoyment.
BUILT TO SELL
Built To Sell was the first business book I ever read and still remains at the very top of my recommendations list. It's a parable about a small business owner who is trying to be everything to everyone, the entire company hinges on him, and he's at his whits end. I learned from the book the importance of focusing on a single service offering you can be the absolute best at, as well as being selective about your clients to avoid being owned by them.
THE ART OF SELLING YOUR BUSINESS
The Art of Selling Your Business is the de facto “trail guide” to navigating the process of an exit. There are many paths that can be taken, and armed with the knowledge contained in these pages, you can blaze a trail that is right for you. Many of you are probably thinking, “How do I get started selling my business?” “What is the process?” “How do I get the most money for my business?” and “How do I avoid getting screwed over?” These are all very important questions to ask yourself. The good news is that John has compiled the answers to these questions and many more in this easy-to-read book. As a bonus, he’s done so in a way that even the most impatient, hyperactive, impulsive, and easily distracted entrepreneur (like me) can digest.
W. Chan Kim | Renee Mauborgne
BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY
This book opened my eyes to what it means to have true differentiation in the market. The book discusses examples of disruptive brands in highly competitive markets that made a change in the way a product or service was consumed, so much that they nearly had no competition. Personally I learned from this book that I needed to come up with a unique service offering or I'd always be competing with thousands of IT companies just like mine. This book inspired me to move into public cloud managed services and ultimately create Managed DevOps.
Traction is the book that introduced the business world to EOS, The Entrepreneurial Operating System (and is also the reason many people refer to EOS as Traction.) If you are interested in implementing EOS in your business then you should certainly start with this book. It gives you an overview of the EOS system and the benefits of implementing it's simple tools for running your leadership team and your business as a whole.
Gino Wickman | Mike Paton
GET A GRIP
Get A Grip is the companion to Traction. It's a story about a fictitious leadership team that is struggling to be effective and their journey implementing EOS. Personally I love these types of books because for me it's easier to digest the content when I can connect with characters. This book is exceptionally great because you will likely have some of these characters in your business, and by the end of the book you'll see how much damage they can really do to growth and productivity.
Gino Wickman | Mark C. Winters
Rocket Fuel is for those of who are in more advanced stages of implementing EOS in their business. It focuses in on the Visionary-Integrator relationship and how these two people, when perfectly matched, can propel a business forward. It's a great read for someone who is searching for the "number 2," the person that can really run the business while you focus on the big picture strategy (or vice versa.) If you are currently searching for your business "sole mate," then this book can be extremely helpful.
THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a parable about a leadership team in shambles. It's a great read if you are trying to get your leadership team working together as an effective unit. It teaches you the most important elements of chemistry you need for a team to flourish. It also makes it painfully obvious who on your leadership team is poisoning the well, and gives you the opportunity to coach them up, or ship them out.
Hal Elrod | Cameron Harold
THE MIRACLE MORNING
Ever wonder how some of these highly successful entrepreneurs have the energy to build businesses, do speaking engagements, compete in triathlons, and generally kick-ass? I did, and then I was introduced to the Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs. The Miracle Morning teaches you how to create a morning routine that get's you out of bed, full of energy and positive thoughts, and improves your overall wellbeing. It comes in multiple editions for different professions as well.
HYPER SALES GROWTH
I remember it like it was yesterday, the first time I saw Jack Daly speak, OK it was more like screaming at me but it was awesome. Jack is the person who motivated me to build an actual sales team and made it clear if I did not, I was "not going to grow your f******g business!" In his book Hyper Sales Growth Jack ties it all together, how to build the right team and the crucial role culture plays in business and sales success.
Jack Daly | Dan Larson
THE SALES PLAYBOOK
The Sales Playbook is a companion to Hyper Sales Growth. In my opinion it's HIGHLY underrated and is even more valuable than Hyper Sales Growth itself. If you are like me, and you struggle with the role of sales manager, this book is a must have. I learned from this book how to make the basic and advanced tools for managing a sales pipeline, qualifying prospects, and hold my sales reps accountable. If you are in the midst of DIY sales, get this book ASAP!