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.
|Give and Take||Adam Grant|
|The Hard Thing About Hard Thngs||Ben Horowitz|
|Help the Grow or Watch Them Go||Beverly Kaye|
|Love ‘EM or Lose ‘EM||Beverly Kaye|
|Dare to Lead||Brene Brown|
|So Good they Can’t Ignore You||Cal Newport|
|The Power of Habit||Charles Duhigg|
|Made to Stick||Chip and Dan Heath|
|Switch||Chip and Dan Heath|
|How Will You Measure Your life?||Clayton Christensen|
|Leadership and Self Deception||William Dufris & The Arbinger Institute|
|How to Win Friends and Influence People||Dale Carnegie|
|Predictably Irrational||Dan Ariely|
|The Fire Starter Sessions||Danielle Laporte|
|Getting Things Done||David Allen|
|Head, Heart, and Guts||David Dotlich|
|Why CEOs Fail||David Dotlich|
|The CEO Next Door||Elena Botelho and Kim Powell|
|Power Score||Geoff Smart|
|Act Like a Leader Think Like a Leader||Herminia Ibarra|
|Built to Last||Jim Collins|
|Good to Great||Jim Collins|
|The Heart of Change||John Kotter|
|Never Eat Alone||Keith Ferrazzi|
|Servant Leadership in ACTION||Ken Blanchard (edited)|
|The Tipping Point||Malcolm Gladwell|
|First Break All the Rules||Marcus Buckingham|
|GO – Put Your Strenths to Work||Marcus Buckingham|
|Now, Discover Your Strengths||Marcus Buckingham|
|Rookie Mistakes: Advice from Top Executives||Mike McHargue|
|The Black Swan||Nassim Nicholas Taleb|
|Death by Meeting||Patrick Lencioni|
|Getting Naked||Patrick Lencioni|
|Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars||Patrick Lencioni|
|The Advantage||Patrick Lencioni|
|The Five Dysfunctions of a Team||Patrick Lencioni|
|The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive||Patrick Lencioni|
|The Ideal Team Player||Patrick Lencioni|
|Three Signs of a Miserable Job||Patrick Lencioni|
|Zero to One||Peter Thiel|
|What Color is Your Parachute?||Richard Bolles|
|Change the Culture||Roger Connors & Tom Smith|
|The Tribe||Sebastian Junger|
|The Happiness Advantage||Shawn Achor|
|Lean In||Sheryl Sandberg|
|Start with Why||Simon Sinek|
|Girl Boss||Sophia Amoruso|
|Bury My Heart at Conference Room B||Stan Slap|
|Under the Hood||Stan Slap|
|The SPEED of Trust||Stephen MR Covey|
|7 Habits of Highly Effective People||Stephen R Covey|
|First Things First||Stephen R Covey|
|Principle Centered Leadership||Stephen R Covey|
|Feedback (and other dirty words)||Tamra Chandler|
|Tools of Titans||Tim Ferriss|
|STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0||Tom Rath|
|Culture is Everything||Tristan White|
|Make Talent Your Business||Wendy Axelrod & Jeannie Coyle|
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