What’s on your entrepreneurial bookshelf?

What's on your entrepreneurial bookshelf? POST


This week I popped into the Lululemon store in Balmain. Now, if you’re familiar with Lululemon you’ll know that it’s the sort of place that sells workout gear, sports bras and yoga clothes. As I’m currently on a health kick, I picked out some pieces to inspire me and headed to the checkout.

An odd collection of books
When I got there I spied a row of books that looked like they were for sale. I was expecting to find books on meditation, health, fitness and mung beans. But instead (as you can see from the picture), the books included:

* Atlas Shrugged, the novel by Ayn Rand
* Focal Point by Brian Tracy about the power of focus
* Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point, all by Malcolm Gladwell
* Good to Great, the classic business tome by Jim Collins
* First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
* and others.

Not exactly the kind of books you expect at a store that provides free yoga lessons and that has slogans like “Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment” in its manifesto.

Share what inspires you
I asked the sales assistant if this unexpected collection of books was available for sale. She said: “That’s our library. They’re books that the founder of the company has read throughout his journey. So they’re here for us to read as well.”

Great idea. If you’ve been inspired by certain books or experiences, share this with your team. It will help them get an insight into the way you think. And while some books may not resonate with them in the same way, others may be just the message they need to feel inspired.

About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • http://twitter.com/nickkeyko Nick Keyko

    and they’re Canadian too!

    • valeriekhoo

      Seems like I’m liking Canadians more each day!

  • Stacey

    I’m somewhat of a lulu addict, so are pretty familiar with their online and offline business model. They really do live at least some of the teachings in those books!

    • valeriekhoo

      I know! Love their products although I had a brief break from them after a bad experience at one of their stores. Obviously, I’m over it now!

  • Polka Dot Bride

    I make it a habit if I love a book on business to buy a copy and give it to each of our team members. I like them to see where I am coming from with ideas and perhaps spark some of their own!

    • valeriekhoo

      Great idea. Do you get feedback from your team on what they got out of the book? Do they typically read the books?