Best Business Gift Ideas for Managers, Mentors, Colleagues, and Clients
“People who are successful are often crazy about reading. They make time for that because they understand how important it is … kind of like a secret weapon.” Ben Eubanks
We all know people who love learning new ideas to make the workplace better for their customers and employees. My gift-of-choice for someone like this is a book that can be packaged with the gift recipient’s favorite coffee/tea and special mug, coffee shop gift card, humorous or inspirational bookmark, box of chocolates, etc.
Here is a current list of my favorite business gift books:
- 9-1/2 Principles of Innovative Service by Chip Bell — great stories to spark ideas on how to enhance customer service.
- Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie — this is a fun, quirky, and insightful book that is a joy to read over and over.
- Share of Mind, Share of Heart Marketing Tools of Engagement for Nonprofits — I’m proud to have written this book to help nonprofit professionals and volunteers effectively engage the people behind the mission.
- The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale — invaluable reference book for communicators and business people who love to write.
- Zappos Culture Book — Zappos employees share what the company culture means to them and offer an inside look at the company’s values. This book can also be paired with Delivering Happiness: A Path of Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh.
- Zilch: the Power of Zero in Business by Nancy Lublin — what corporate leaders can learn from nonprofits.
Whether you choose a book from this list or find another one that best suits your business needs, you’re sharing the gift of knowledge, information, insight, and ideas.
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keillor
Great idea to combine a great book with a relaxing beverage or sweet treat! May I suggest another book? The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, by Stanford U. Professor Robert I. Sutton. Anyone put off by the title should get over it. This is great commentary on organizational culture and let’s face it, when you’ve worked for one or with one you know no other term hits the mark better than asshole. This is a fast and enjoyable read and it’s practical, useful, and highly amusing.
Thanks for adding to this list, Andrea!