Books We Browse
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (Marshall Goldsmith) - The title says it all. What worked to make people and organizations successful to a certain point does not necessarily help them get to the next level. Leaders often create beliefs that served them well, but lose sight of how these habitual actions will hold them back or limit their potential.
Blue Ocean Strategy (W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne) -
How to get out of the dog-eat-dog competitive environment and create value without competition. Learn how to distinguish your company from all of the rest.
Built to Last (Jim Collins & Jerry Porras) - Big picture
conclusions about corporate culture and the principles behind building visionary companies. Research and examples of what has worked for successful companies.
First, Break All the Rules (Marcus Buckingham & Curt
Coffman) - Break from traditional management principles. Managers learn to play to people’s strengths and personality types and adapt their style to individual, diverse needs.
Good to Great (Jim Collins) - Principles on how to refine your
organization and business model to achieve breakthrough momentum that can take you far above the competition. “Level 5 leader” describes a concept about what separates good leaders from great leaders.
The One Thing You Need To Know (Marcus Buckingham) -
Breaks down the difference between management and leadership. Helps you understand what the most important thing is for you to focus on in each of these 2 areas.
Blink (Malcom Gladwell) - Gut decisions, when it works and
when it doesn’t. How to use your intuition to make these powerful decisions.
Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner) - A
series of articles that applies economic theories to unconventional subjects and explores how to use data to make better decisions in creative ways.
The World Is Flat (Thomas Friedman) - A current look at
globalization - opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. It changes the way you think about work, the workplace, companies, and markets.
The Tipping Point (Malcom Gladwell) - How concepts spread
and why ideas and markets grow. Interesting illustrations of how unknown ideas, products, services become wildly popular.
The Wisdom of Crowds (James Surowiecki) - Given the right
circumstances, group think can be much more accurate than individual think. This book teaches when and how to trust group think and when to ignore it.
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are
High (Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey) - A practical tool for how to have difficult conversations when it really matters. Learn the keys to
breaking down defensive reactions, to collaborate, and to have mutually respectful interactions.
Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman) - a difficult read, but
very insightful to understanding the human machine. This scientific approach explains emotional and rational thinking and is the foundation for a lot of current leadership philosophies.
The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team (Patrick M. Lencioni) – A
useful, ficticious story that describes shortcomings in the workplace. It illustrates how to break down the barriers between teams and help facilitate stronger group dynamics.
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (Patrick
M. Lencioni) - Also a short fable that delivers real-life lessons. It helps reinforce where leaders in companies should focus in regards to building and sustaining strong communication systems.
On Becoming A Leader (Warren Bennis) - A classic read for
anyone striving for personal or professional mastery. A clear distinction between leadership and management and the importance of vision and alignment towards achieving your goals.
Other People’s Habits (Aubrey Daniels) - Practical guidelines for
establishing mutually respectful relationships with the emphasis on open dialogue and positive reinforcement.
What Did You Say? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback
(Charles & Edith Seashore, Gerald Weinberg) - A how-to book on having valuable interactions when exchanging views and opinions. Also understanding the true source and meaning behind feedback.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
(David Allen) - A hands-on tool for incorporating organizational skills that leave you feeling on top of your game and focused on what needs to happen next.
The Adult Years (Frederick Hudson) - A helpful look at the
various stages that adults cycle in and out of and how we process these transitions. Also one of the first looks at the ways adults are choosing to live more fulfilled lives in their later years.
Tao Te Ching (Lao Tsu) - keep it near your desk or night
stand. Crack it open when you need to breathe, relax, and reflect.
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes (William Bridges)
– A classic read on endings and beginnings and how to navigate the challenges of life.
Wherever You Go, There You Are (Jon Kabat-Zinn) - An
easy-to-learn meditation guide. It is a useful approach to being present with yourself and taking constructive, relaxing time out to focus on what is most important.
Learning from Leaders
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Alfred Lansing) -
A captain and his crew set out on an adventurous expedition that became an unrelenting pursuit of survival among extreme conditions.
It’s Not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong & Sally Jenkins) -
Lance’s first story about his incredible recovery from cancer and defying all odds to come back and capture consecutive wins in the most challenging endurance sports competition- the Tour de France.
Jack (Jack Welch) - Whether you love him or hate him, he is
one of the most successful CEO’s of the century and there are valuable lessons to be learned from him.
Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela) - An inspirational
autobiography on his courage, discipline, leadership, and devotion.
Miracle in the Andes (Nando Parrado) - An unbelievable story
as told by the Uruguayan rugby team member who defied all laws of survival after a plane crash and never gave up on finding his way home.
Personal History (Katharine Graham) - a Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography about her challenging family relationships and
ability to succeed against many odds.