Executive Reads: Pierre Jutras

Pierre Jutras is a nightlife/restaurant mogul, to say the least, having owned Club DiSalvio Allegra Cocktail Lounge, Cigar Emporium, HOTEL nightclub & bar, and NECTAR restaurant, as well as acting as Clubhouse Director at Magna Golf Club. Currently, he’s the President of Toronto young professional hot spot The Spoke Club, and today’s he’s sharing some of the notable reads that have shaped his career path…

Small Giants: Companies that choose to be great instead of big. Author: Bo Burlingham
I thoroughly recommend ‘Small Giants’ to all young entrepreneurs who are driven by a constant appetite for expansion.  Skillfully, this book illustrates how bigger isn’t necessarily better. At the heart of this discussion is the foundation that a commitment to quality, a personalized customer service and a dynamic corporate environment supersede the need for growth at any cost. I find this book to be quite inspiring. It encourages excellence in all that we do and reminds us that good relationships, whether personal or professional, with employees and customers, are our greatest asset. It is a principle that I try to live by every day.

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey. Author: Kenneth Blanchard
I read this book a long time ago based on the recommendation of a friend and find myself still applying its basic, yet powerful principles to this day. The book, to put it simply, focuses on how you can rid yourself of “monkeys” – other people’s responsibilities that you choose to take on with the belief that you can do the job better (or faster). It demonstrates how you can empower employees by trusting them to meet these challenges so that you need only get involved in exceptional problems. It is a short, concise read with a strong overview of essential management and delegation techniques.

CTRL ALT DELETE: Reboot your business. Reboot your life. Your future depends on it. Author: Mitch Joel
I just finished reading CTRL ALT DELETE and find this book to be the best of companions at a time when I try to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the digital world. This thought-provoking book offers a blueprint for running your business in an age that is dominated by technology and social media. It discusses the changes we need to make in order to survive in this new world and provides a sense of direction on where to go and what to do to ‘reboot’ your company. So, if you’re like me and often find yourself drowning in too much information and sometimes unable to adjust to the new technological wave, I highly recommend giving this book a read.

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