Book Recommendations

As a company leader, one of the best investments of your time is to acquire business knowledge, particularly from quality business books. At Morrison, Clark & Company not only does our management team read extensively, but we also sponsor a MCC Bookclub for our staff. By reading and discussing business books, our team builds common language and shared ideals. It’s also a great way to problem solve and learn the best practices from successful leaders.

Here are our top “Go To Business Book” recommendations:

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins.  Why we like it…
    • Focuses on finding what you can be the best in the world at – Hedgehog Concept
    • Emphasises putting the Right People on the Bus AND putting them in the Right Seats.  It’s easier to motivate the right people and they require less management.  That’s a win-win.
    • Encourages a Culture of Discipline and building a system to make success possible.
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.  Why we like it…
    • Suggests that businesses should be a vehicle to bring its owners more life.  Visit our “Full Circle Accounting” page and see how we’ve implemented this philosophy for our clients.
    • Focuses owners to work ON their Business – Not IN the business by using systemization and business development.
  • Construction Contractors’ Survival Guide by Thomas C. Schleifer.  Why we like it…
    • Dr. Schleifer states in his classic book, “This book is the result of over 30 years of experience in construction.” “I have been able to isolate the ten elements of contractor failure.” “One or more of these ten elements has appeared in every business failure I have studied.”. .
    • Morrison, Clark & Company CPAs believes that this is a “Must Have” book that every construction company owner should have and read
  • Kiss Theory Goodbye by Bob Prosen.  Why we like it…
    • Stresses that accurate cost information is the foundation of excellence in operations. We’re accountants, of course this resonates with us!
    • Suggests performance payments as a great motivational strategy.  Ask us how to apply this to your construction crew.
    • Teaches you to measure the things that matter most.  We created a score card to ensure we stay on track and this book can help you do the same.
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  Why we like it…
    • At Morrison, Clark & Company, we believe that a company’s “Best Practice” must include checklists as they are a reminder of the critical steps that have to be addressed each and every time and because they provide consistent expectations that the processes are focused on a client based culture.
    • Check out the chapter titled, “The End of the Master Builder” for an insightful construction example.
  • Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree. Why we like it…
    • Common language verbiage used to improve your company
    • Breaks down the leading factors that reduce profit
    • Templates and examples so that there is “Real World” application of improvements, from startup to large scale.
  • We hope you enjoy this selection and will let us know if you have any great suggestions.