If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I read a lot of books on evaluation, but also books on consulting. Some people are surprised by this, but as I am an evaluation consultant it makes quite a bit of sense: I need to know and keep abreast about both evaluation and consulting. Unfortunately, too few evaluation consultants ever consider the second part of their job title (consultant) and it is precisely their lack of consulting skills that makes it hard for them to keep their consulting practice profitable, even though they may be great evaluators.
To help you improve your consulting skills I have listed my five favorite books on consulting / running a business. Are there others you would have included?
1. Million Dollar Consulting - Alan Weiss
2. Flawless Consulting - Peter Block
3. Rework - Jason Fried & David Hansson
4. The E-Myth Revisited - Michael Gerber
5. The Harvard Business Review
Okay - I admit, the last is not a book but a journal so I'll add a great magazine: Inc.
There you have it. Reading these books has made a difference to what I do and how I do it. If you are a consultant I hope you will at least read one of them and see for yourself.
Go here to see my list of seven critical evaluation books every evaluator should own.
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