There are 8 essential books for building business systems that I find myself recommending again and again to business owners, ops managers, and systems service providers who are looking to build business systems.
Rather than just reading you what could be a blog post, I’ll also give you my “two cents” on why the best business books in this category are still not perfect.
#1 – What is each book about? (I’ll give you the “long story short” version.)
#2 – What is imperfect about each book? (We’ve all read “those” business books. I’ll try to warn you about the less-than-perfect aspects of each of my favorite books to help you decide before you buy.)
#3 – Which should you read next? (I’ll share when in your journey should you read this book. There’s an easier order of operations than what I originally did!)
In this video, I’ll walk through each one by one:
00:00 – Introduction
02:38 – What is System Building?
03:56 – This is Service Design Doing by Marc Stickdorn, Markus Edgar Hormess, Adam Lawrence, Jakob Schneider.
08:02 – Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
13:39 – Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg
17:09 – Built to Sell by John Warrillow
22:39 – Boss Life by Paul Downs
24:47 – Systemology by David Jenyns
28:23 – The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
31:51 – How to Be a Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
35:06 – Recommended Order of Reading
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➡ Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg here.
- Best real-world example of system-building in practice.
➡ How to Be a Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller here.
- Best real-world example of teaching a prescriptive system.
➡ This is Service Design Doing by Marc Stickdorn, Markus Edgar Hormess, Adam Lawrence, Jakob Schneider here.
- Great technical read about the details of service blueprinting, a detailed “Use our Zoom affiliate link! in” of how to refine a particular workflow.
➡ Built to Sell by John Warrillow here.
- Best for an introduction to the framework.
➡ The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt here.
- Best for the terms and reasons for measuring efficiency.
➡ Systemology by David Jenyns here.
- Great overview of how to systemize a full business, but both falls into “business book tropes” which hurt its applicability.
➡ Boss Life by Paul Downs here.
- Best wake-up call for what life is like without systemization; also great to talk you OUT of running your own business.
➡ Scaling Up by Verne Harnish here.
- Great overview of how to scale a business and how systems fit in.
➡ Mapping Experiences by James Kalbach here.
➡ The Book on Managing Rental Properties by Brandon Turner and Heather Turner here.
➡ Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard here.
➡ Badass Your Brand by Pia Silva here.
➡ The Customer Support Handbook by Sarah Hatter here.