Recommended Reading List for Contractors in 2020

2020 is bringing contractors plenty of fresh challenges. Here at Comparison Contractor, we aim to connect you with umbrella companies that can make your work life easier. But unusual working conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic also bring an opportunity for self-improvement. Like you, the team at Comparison Contractor are always looking for ways to add new skills that can help us personally and professionally. As a team of avid readers, each year a multitude of books are published that help us make gains at home and in the office. We have reviewed the best of the best 2020 and think these books should be a part of your reading list as the year progresses.

The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence

Author: Kerry Goyette

This is a guide to connecting with your people, your customers, and the world around you. Goyette’s book shows how to build more effective relationships, develop better environments, and lead in a more purposeful manner.

What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

Author: Stephen Schwarzman

Autobiographies of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders are always top of our reading list. If you are eager to learn how people navigated the business world to get where they are, then delve into the world of business leader autobiographies. In this book, Schwarzman outlines his path from student to CEO of Blackstone, one of the most successful investment firms in the world. This is particularly good read for those who are just starting out on their careers.

The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success

Author: Maria Ross

Empathy is an absolute necessity for businesses, and this book is a great resource on the way it plays into the leadership, brand, and culture for companies of all sizes.

Ditch the Act: Reveal the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success

Author: Leonard Kim and Ryan Foland

Have you ever felt that it was important to look and act the part of the professional without really knowing what that meant? Kim and Foland show that it’s far more important to be human and connect with others through vulnerabilities. Essentially, this book is a guide about being successful by being yourself.

The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon

Author: Steve Anderson

We all know that Amazon is one of the most successful companies in the world. Jeff Bezos, the man who built it, is of interest to entrepreneurs who want to make their companies similarly impactful. Anderson breaks down Bezos’ 14 principles of growth to show readers how they can take lessons from one of history’s most successful entrepreneurs and apply them to their own companies.

How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything

Author: Erin Falconer

If you are a woman and feel you are juggling a lot of stuff in order to stay on top of your business goals, then this might be the book for you. It looks at the specific challenges women face in their professional lives. Falconer helps women to decide what matters and shows them how to build their own individualised productivity plan.

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