Book Reviews

101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green
By Rich Mintzer
Paperback, 288 pages, $19.95
Entrepreneur Press
800-864-6864
www.entrepreneurpress.com

It’s safe to say that “going green” isn’t a fad. The lurking question is: have you integrated any green practices into your business? As author Rich Mintzer explains in 101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green: The Business Guide to Eco-Friendly Profits, “since more than 80 percent of businesses in the United States are of the small to mid-size variety, together, these business owners can make a significant difference.”

The good news is that it doesn’t take giant steps to start “greening” your business—it’s as easy as changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), adding a few office plants and swapping products on your office supplies order. What’s better is that rethinking your business will save you money (think lower energy bills) and help you cut wasteful spending habits.

If you’re ready to go green, or in need of added inspiration, look to Mintzer’s easy-to-read guide. It offers everything from quick solutions to advanced practices for all aspects of your business.

101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees
By Paul Falcone
Paperback, 320 pages, $18.95
Amacom
877-566-9441
www.amacombooks.org

It’s natural to want to avoid conflict, which is why it can be daunting to have difficult workplace conversations. That’s exactly why Paul Falcone wrote 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager’s Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges. This straightforward guide covers everything from lateness and substandard performance reviews to excessive personal phone calls and employees in crisis.

Hands down, the best part of this book is that Falcone has done the legwork for you. In each scenario, he provides sample verbiage in a structured outline and a special note section to alert you to any red flags you may need to research.

Although some of it is common sense—like choosing your words carefully and treating your employees with dignity and respect—Falcone provides invaluable tools and advice on myriad topics. With this book in hand, you may be pleasantly surprised at the turnaround you see in your employees.

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