Recommended Reading

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Ventrek is pleased to provide this comprehensive reading list to accompany and assist you in your journey towards entrepreneurial greatness:


  • Traction (Gino Wickman)

Don't let common problems run you and your business. Get a grip and gain control with the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). Inside Traction, you’ll discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company with more focus, growth and enjoyment. Based on years of real-world implementation, the EOS is a practical method for achieving the business success you have always envisioned.

Good to Great

  • Good to Great (Jim Collins)

To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.

Built to Last

  • Built to Last (Jim Collins, Jerry I Porras)

"This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies." So write Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in this groundbreaking book that shatters myths, provides new insights, and gives practical guidance to those who would like to build landmark companies that stand the test of time.

Blue Ocean Strategy

  • Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim, Renée A. Mauborgne)

Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for differentiation. Yet, as this influential and immensely popular book shows, these hallmarks of competitive strategy are not the way to create profitable growth in the future.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick M. Lencioni)

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy (Harvard Business Review, Michael E. Porter, W. Chan Kim)

If you read nothing else on strategy, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization's strategy development and execution.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy, Vol. 2

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy, Vol. 2 (Business Review Harvard, Michael E. Porter, A.G. Lafley)

More of the ideas you want, from the authors you trust. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you combat new competitors and ensure that you can define--and execute--the best strategy for your company.

Crafting & Executing Strategy

  • Crafting & Executing Strategy (Arthur A. Thompson, Margaret Peteraf, John E. Gamble)

Mainstream, balanced treatment of the latest developments in theory and practice of strategy. Emphasis on company’s strategy must be matched not only to its external market circumstances but also to its internal resources and competitive capabilities.

Harvard Business Review

  • Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

Inc. Magazine

  • Inc. Magazine

Inc., the magazine for growing companies, delivers real solutions for today's innovative business builders. With information and advice covering virtually every business and management task, including marketing, sales, finding capital and managing people, Inc. helps business owners and CEOs start, run and grow their businesses.

Entrepreneur Magazine

  • Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine is a national business publication based in Irvine, California. For nearly 40 years, Entrepreneur has been the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership.

Fast Company

  • Fast Company

Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business.