Reading List

Reading is an miraculous thing. However, do we take the time to read, consider, and put what we read in action? Ask yourself the following five questions:

  • Was I giving full attention to what I read?
  • Why did I select this book, article, or magazine to devote my time to?
  • Am I allocating time to ‘digest’ what I am learning?
  • Can I commit to how I will convert my new perspectives into action?
  • How can I share what I’m discovering?

Below are books that I would suggest to enrich your perspectives on leadership, management, personal growth, and employee engagement. Take time, pick one up, broaden your perspectives, and consider action steps — it is time well spent.

Eventually, I will categorize these by theme; however I would like to call out the following for a starting point. These groupings are not prioritized as every book has an impact – it is about clarity as to what issue you are wanting to work on – then find the resource. If you would like a helping hand, feel free to drop me a note, I’ll help you.

  • Beverly Kaye / Sharon Jordan Evans are experts in Employee Engagement. To discover practical actions to increase employee satisfaction through engagement – Love ‘EM or Lose ‘EM is a wonderful resource.
  • If you are wanting to focus on organizational health – Patrick Lencioni has the recipe for how a leader can ensure their foundation of trust exists and flourishes for their teams, these books are practical, clear, and results are sustainable.
  • Do you enjoy cold calling? We know, nobody does. Joanne Black, the author of No More Cold Calling, wrote the most influential book on sales excellence. You will never think of relationship selling the same.
  • Level 5 Leadership? If that is an interest of yours – Jim Collins is at the front of the room when leaders are ready to embrace true humility and lead – his visions are crucial.
  • To recognize your strengths and embrace a culture that focuses on what we can do rather than our limitations, listen to the movement championed by Marcus Buckingham – he knows how to focus on what we do well.
Book TitleAuthor
Give and TakeAdam Grant
The Hard Thing About Hard ThngsBen Horowitz
Help the Grow or Watch Them GoBeverly Kaye
Love ‘EM or Lose ‘EMBeverly Kaye
Dare to LeadBrene Brown
So Good they Can’t Ignore YouCal Newport
The Power of HabitCharles Duhigg
Made to StickChip and Dan Heath
SwitchChip and Dan Heath
How Will You Measure Your life?Clayton Christensen
Leadership and Self DeceptionWilliam Dufris & The Arbinger Institute
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale Carnegie
Predictably IrrationalDan Ariely
DriveDan Pink
The Fire Starter SessionsDanielle Laporte
Getting Things DoneDavid Allen
Head, Heart, and GutsDavid Dotlich
Why CEOs FailDavid Dotlich
The CEO Next DoorElena Botelho and Kim Powell
WhoGeoff Smart
Power ScoreGeoff Smart
Act Like a Leader Think Like a LeaderHerminia Ibarra
Built to LastJim Collins
Good to GreatJim Collins
The Heart of ChangeJohn Kotter
Never Eat AloneKeith Ferrazzi
Servant Leadership in ACTIONKen Blanchard (edited)
The Tipping PointMalcolm Gladwell
First Break All the RulesMarcus Buckingham
GO – Put Your Strenths to WorkMarcus Buckingham
Now, Discover Your StrengthsMarcus Buckingham
StandOUTMarcus Buckingham
TriggersMarshall Goldsmith
Rookie Mistakes: Advice from Top ExecutivesMike McHargue
The Black SwanNassim Nicholas Taleb
Death by MeetingPatrick Lencioni
Getting NakedPatrick Lencioni
Silos, Politics, and Turf WarsPatrick Lencioni
The AdvantagePatrick Lencioni
The Five Dysfunctions of a TeamPatrick Lencioni
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary ExecutivePatrick Lencioni
The Ideal Team PlayerPatrick Lencioni
Three Signs of a Miserable JobPatrick Lencioni
Zero to OnePeter Thiel
What Color is Your Parachute?Richard Bolles
Change the CultureRoger Connors & Tom Smith
The TribeSebastian Junger
The Happiness AdvantageShawn Achor
Lean InSheryl Sandberg
Start with WhySimon Sinek
Girl BossSophia Amoruso
Bury My Heart at Conference Room BStan Slap
Under the HoodStan Slap
The SPEED of TrustStephen MR Covey
7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R Covey
First Things FirstStephen R Covey
Principle Centered LeadershipStephen R Covey
QuietSusan Cain
Feedback (and other dirty words)Tamra Chandler
Tools of TitansTim Ferriss
STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0Tom Rath
Culture is EverythingTristan White
Make Talent Your BusinessWendy Axelrod & Jeannie Coyle

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