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11.21.19

James Mattis: My Favorite Books

James Mattis My Favorite Books

GENERAL JAMES MATTIS credits his leadership success to his prodigious reading habits. He says, “You stay teachable most by reading books, by reading what other people went through.”

Admiral James Stavridis is also an avid reader and believes that reading is central to leading. Reading lists are personal, but they do provide a guide as to what others have read to improve their leadership and their understanding of the human condition.

In Call Sign Chaos, James Mattis writes:

Reading is an honor and a gift from a warrior or historian who—a decade or a thousand decades ago—set aside time to write.

If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you. Any commander who claims he is “too busy to read” is going to fill body bags with his troops as he learns the hard way. The consequences of incompetence in battle are final. History teaches us that we face nothing new under the sun.

I collected several thousand books for my personal library. I read broadly and selected a few battles and areas where I was weak to study deeply. Asked by a fellow Marine to provide specific examples, I sent him a list of my favorite books.

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11.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780593083529Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America by Scott Adams

If we're not careful, loserthink would have us believe that every Trump supporter is a bigoted racist, addicts should be responsible for fixing the opioid epidemic, and that your relationship fell apart simply because you chewed with your mouth open. Even the smartest people can slip into loserthink's seductive grasp. This book will teach you how to spot and avoid it--and will give you scripts to respond when hollow arguments are being brandished against you, whether by well-intentioned friends, strangers on the internet, or political pundits. You'll also learn how to spot the underlying causes of loserthink, like the inability to get ego out of your decisions, thinking with words instead of reasons, failing to imagine alternative explanations, and making too much of coincidences.

9781260454109Contagious You: Unlock Your Power to Influence, Lead, and Create the Impact You Want by Anese Cavanaugh

For anyone who’s sought to create change, or felt sucked into the drama and chaos of a toxic work environment, this book will advance the notion that everyone at an organization is a leader – for good or for bad – and that leaders have tremendous power to influence those who follow their example. The quality of our leadership is based upon our intentions, energy, and presence. By emphasizing authorship, self-care, and response-ability (not responsibility) as leadership skills and therefore cultural amplifiers, Contagious You shows you how to walk the path of more effective leadership while navigating the road blocks in your way.

9781260458169Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success by John Eades

Organizational culture has undergone a seismic shift in the 21st century―and with it, the requirements of leadership. In Building the Best, LearnLoft CEO John Eades takes you on a journey of transformation that will equip you with the tools you need to become the kind of cutting-edge leader today’s workplace so urgently needs. “Leadership is about empowering, inspiring, and serving in order to elevate others over an extended period of time. You are the perfect person to live this out every day.” Eades’s powerful words form the backbone of this groundbreaking guide to cultivating leadership at its highest level.

9781948122528Talk Is Chief: Leadership, Communication, and Credibility in a High-Stakes World by Jack Modzelewski

Leaders today spend up to 90 percent of each day communicating to make good things happen in their organizations. They communicate with colleagues, customers, shareowners, creditors, regulators, advocates, and competitors. They influence culture, opportunity, risk-taking, and risk aversion. The stakes in this new communication environment are very high, driving home Winston Churchill’s statement: “The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.” Whether they recognize it or not, leaders are chief credibility officers, with organizational reputations often resting on their words and actions, especially in times of crisis. As a CEO quoted in the book said: “Communication shouldn’t be just another hat that a CEO wears. It should be at the core of everything you do.”

9781119630999Predicting Personality: Using AI to Understand People and Win More Business by Drew D’Agostino and Greg Skloot

Despite the unprecedented connectivity enabled by modern technology, we are far less likely to trust and to invest the time needed to build strong relationships. How can we use technology to reverse this trend? A groundbreaking new branch of artificial intelligence―Personality AI―may be the answer. Combining traditional machine learning, data analytics, and behavioral psychology, Personality AI helps professional communicators tear down walls, establish trust with their audiences, and utilize data to build meaningful relationships, strengthen empathy, and win more customers.

9781942788768The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data by Gene Kim

The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms—this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity. “My goal in writing The Unicorn Project was to explore and reveal the necessary but invisible structures required to make developers (and all engineers) productive, and reveal the devastating effects of technical debt and complexity. I hope this book can create common ground for technology and business leaders to leave the past behind, and co-create a better future together.” —Gene Kim

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10.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780735213500The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

Do you know how to play the game you’re in?

In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind.

9780525559931Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character by Admiral James Stavridis

In Sailing True North, Admiral Stavridis offers a much more intimate, human accounting: the lessons of leadership and character contained in the lives and careers of history's most significant naval commanders. He brings a lifetime of reflection to bear on the subjects of his study—on naval history, on the vocation of the admiral with its special tests and challenges, and on the sweep of global geopolitics. Above all, this is a book that will help you navigate your own life's voyage: the voyage of leadership of course, but more important, the voyage of character. Sadly, evil men can be effective leaders sailing toward bad ends; ultimately, leadership without character is like a ship underway without a rudder. Sailing True North helps us find the right course to chart.

9781633695917The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self—Every Day by Amy Jen Su

How can you be the leader you want to be, every day? The answer is more than a time-management system or a silver-bullet solution for changing your routines. Leadership expert and coach Amy Jen Su's powerful new book helps readers discover that the answer lies within. By focusing in specific ways on five key leadership elements—Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace--you can increase your time, capacity, energy, and ultimately your impact, with less stress and more equanimity.

9781119566243The Intelligent Leader: Unlocking the 7 Secrets to Leading Others and Leaving Your Legacy by John Mattone

In The Intelligent Leader, Mattone lays out an accessible, practical, and compelling path that anyone can take to become the kind of leader that brings enrichment to the lives of others, enjoys a more fulfilling life, and leaves a lasting legacy. Each chapter uses a variety of real-world examples, tools, and assessments to explore one of Mattone’s 7 dimensions of Intelligent Leadership.

9781948836814Leap: Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Entrepreneur? by Gino Wickman

In this three-part book, Gino Wickman reveals the six essential traits that every entrepreneur needs in order to succeed, based on real-world startups that have reached incredible heights. If these traits ring true for you, you’ll get a glimpse of what your life would look like as an entrepreneur. What’s more, Wickman will help you determine what type of business best suits your unique skill set and provide a detailed roadmap, with tools, tips, and exercises, that will accelerate your path to startup success.

9780062871336What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz

What You Do Is Who You Are is a journey through culture, from ancient to modern. Along the way, it answers a question fundamental to any organization: who are we? How do people talk about us when we’re not around? How do we treat our customers? Are we there for people in a pinch? Can we be trusted? Who you are is not the values you list on the wall. It’s not what you say in company-wide meeting. It’s not your marketing campaign. It’s not even what you believe. Who you are is what you do. This book aims to help you do the things you need to become the kind of leader you want to be—and others want to follow.

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09.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780812996838Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas—and short-sighted thinking—now facing our nation.

9781733981323The Brilliant Jerk Conundrum: Thriving with and Governing a Dominant Visionary by Marc J. Epstein and Rob Shelton

With a strong leader at the helm, what can possibly go wrong? Betting on a dominant visionary is one of the biggest business gambles an investor, employee, or board member will ever make. If things go right, a visionary's wizardry changes entire industries and generates massive value for shareholders, employees, and society. But if things go wrong, millions (possibly billions) of dollars are lost--and sometimes people go to jail. The challenge for investors, employees, and board members is knowing the difference between an inspired visionary and an idealistic time bomb and if, when, and how to intervene.

9781260441222Love is Just Damn Good Business: Do What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do by Steve Farber

It’s time to toss aside the touchy-feely notions of love in business and acknowledge the real power that it holds. Love is not only appropriate in the context of business, it’s the foundation of great leadership. To put it bluntly: love is just damn good business. It’s a refreshingly human way of doing business.

9781633696563Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth by Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith and Ellen Van Oosten

Helping others is a good thing. Often, as a leader, manager, doctor, teacher, or coach, it's central to your job. But even the most well-intentioned efforts to help others can be undermined by a simple truth: We almost always focus on trying to "fix" people, correcting problems or filling the gaps between where they are and where we think they should be. Unfortunately, this doesn't work well, if at all, to inspire sustained learning or positive change. There's a better way.

9780399592096The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger with Joel Lovell

This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology.

9780310598695How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise by Clay Scroggins

While many leaders have learned to tune out distractions that keep them from being productive, they remain deaf to their inner desires and emotions. In How to Lead in a World of Distraction, Clay Scroggins teaches leaders four simple habits that create space for emotional evaluation and exploration. These helpful practices will empower leaders to replace the chaos of their busy days with emotional competence and awareness that leads to a calmer, more fulfilling life.

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08.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9781119583509Transforming Legacy Organizations: Turn your Established Business into an Innovation Champion to Win the Future by Kris Østergaard

Transforming Legacy Organizations provides real-world advice and research-based information on how to grow innovation by employing new technologies, improving processes, and establishing a culture of creativity and forward momentum. Conventional business wisdom views innovation as the biggest advantage startups have over large, established organizations, often referred to as legacy organizations. This belief is false, especially when considering that 70% of all startups fail within 20 months of their first venture round. The truth is innovation initiatives of legacy organizations have far better chances of succeeding.

9780062852687Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career by Scott Young

In these tumultuous times of economic and technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-education—a lifelong mastery of fresh ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner. The challenge of learning new skills is that you think you already know how best to learn, as you did as a student, so you rerun old routines and old ways of solving problems. To counter that, Ultralearning offers powerful strategies to break you out of those mental ruts and introduces new training methods to help you push through to higher levels of retention.

9781950863068The Chaos Parallel: How To Overcome The Life-Altering Effects of Insecurities by J Alex Geesbreght

Everyone has insecurities. Like with most insecurities–especially those that are not self-inflicted–we don’t tend to “fix” or “get over” them; they are always with us and a part of who we are. However, if we are honest with ourselves, we can recognize them, understand them, and seek to find a way to live our most authentic lives free from the chaos they often create.

9780525533948Flip the Script: Getting People to Think Your Idea Is Their Idea by Oren Klaff

Oren is throwing out the old playbook on persuasion. Instead, he'll show you a new approach that works on this simple insight: Everyone trusts their own ideas. If, rather than pushing your idea on your buyer, you can guide them to discover it on their own, they'll believe it, trust it, and get excited about it. Then they'll buy in and feel good about the chance to work with you. That might sound easier said than done, but Oren has taught thousands of people how to do it with a series of simple steps that anyone can follow in any situation. And Oren has been in a lot of different situations.

9780735219472The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman

Instant gratification is the norm today—in our lives, our culture, our economy, and our politics. Many of us have forgotten (if we ever learned) how to make smart decisions for the long run. Whether it comes to our finances, our health, our communities, or our planet, it’s easy to avoid thinking ahead. The consequences of this immediacy are stark: Superbugs spawned by the overuse of antibiotics endanger our health. Companies that fail to invest stagnate and fall behind. Hurricanes and wildfires turn deadly for communities that could have taken more precaution. Today more than ever, all of us need to know how we can make better long-term decisions in our lives, businesses, and society. Bina Venkataraman sees the way forward.

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07.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9781119430278The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change by Jon Gordon and Damon West

The Coffee Bean: an illustrated fable that teaches readers how to transform their environment, overcome challenges, and create positive change. Life is often difficult. It can be harsh, stressful, and feel like a pot of boiling hot water. The environments we find ourselves in can change, weaken, or harden us, and test who we truly are. We can be like the carrot that weakens in the pot or like the egg that hardens. Or, we can be like the coffee bean and discover the power inside us to transform our environment.

9780399562181The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara

The true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America. Now, after almost five years of pioneering research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the Forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled into magnificent narrative form one of the most fateful developments in modern American history.

9781119600497Follow the Feeling: Brand Building in a Noisy World by Kai D. Wright

In Follow the Feeling, strategy advisor Kai D. Wright answers a critical question plaguing entrepreneurs, brand strategists, marketers, and leaders: how do you grow your brand in a noisy world? Analyzing 1,500 fast-growing companies from Alibaba to Zara, the Columbia University lecturer and Ogilvy global consulting partner unpacks five branding secrets. Follow the Feeling will show you how to best build and position your brand so you can stand out from competitors, build a tribe, and engineer a positive feeling across five important branding territories—lexicon, audio cues, visual stimuli, experience, and culture.

9780231191685Designing Experiences by J. Robert Rossman and Mathew D. Duerden

In an increasingly experience-driven economy, companies that deliver great experiences thrive, and those that do not die. The book presents interdisciplinary research underlying key concepts such as memory, intentionality, and dramatic structure in a down-to-earth style, drawing attention to both the macro and micro levels. It provides readers with the tools they need to design innovative and indelible experiences and to move their organizations into the experience economy.

9781119573562Swim! How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success by Walter Bond

A fascinating story about the power of networking, connection, and mentorship. Written as an engaging parable, Swim! How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success brings to life real-world challenges (and their solutions) and presents them in simple, yet powerful terms. The book explores the vital importance of networking, explores the steps that lead to successful networking, and explains why we need it.

9781621572848After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon by Kasey S. Pipes

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon became the first and only U.S. president to resign from office—to avoid almost certain impeachment. Utterly disgraced, he was forced to flee the White House with a small cadre of advisors and family. Richard Nixon was a completely defeated man. Yet only a decade later, Nixon was a trusted advisor to presidents, dispensing wisdom on campaign strategy and foreign policy, shaping the course of U.S.-Soviet summit meetings, and representing the U.S. at state funerals—the very model of an elder statesman. How did he do it? Kasey S. Pipes, advisor to President George W. Bush, tells the fascinating story of Nixon’s comeback.

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06.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780143133094Flex: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World by Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey Hull shares the secrets, strategies, and science underlying his, and his clients', successes. Interweaving real-life stories with practical tips and the latest evidence-based research, he equips readers with the insights they need to thrive in today's world. Based on his popular classes with Harvard Medical School physicians and NYU business students, Hull has identified the six key elements that leaders in this new workplace need to succeed: Flexibility, Intentionality, Emotional Intelligence, Realness, Collaboration, and Engagement.


9781541768031You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most by Leonard Marcus, Eric McNulty, Joseph M. Henderson and Barry C. Dorn

Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. You're It takes you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing our nation's leaders-from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging pandemic. The authors introduce readers to the pragmatic model and methods of Meta-Leadership. They show you how to understand what is happening during a moment of crisis and change, what to do about it, and how to hone these skills to lead high-performing teams.



9781633695658The Sponsor Effect: How to Be a Better Leader by Investing in Others by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Many people know the benefit of finding a sponsor--someone who goes beyond traditional mentorship to partner with a junior-level employee to help build their skills, advocate for them when opportunities arise, and open doors. But few realize that being a sponsor is just as important to career growth as finding one. According to new research, senior executives who sponsor rising talent are 53 percent more likely to be promoted than those who don't. Similarly, middle-level managers who have proteges are 167 percent more likely to be given stretch assignments. But how do you find standout proteges, let alone develop them so that they're able to come through for you and your organization?



9781523085224Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It by M. Tamra Chandler with Laura Grealish

Feedback: the mere mention of the word can make our blood pressure rise and our defenses go up. However, if we take a step back and think about its true intent, we realize that feedback needn't be a bad thing. After all, understanding how others experience us provides valuable opportunities to learn and grow. When it's done right, feedback has been proven to be the most effective means of improving communication and performance for you and your organization.



9780062749536Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna

One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches, Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally, and even more important, in your relationships.



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05.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9781632651549Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace (Conflict Resolution for Leaders, Managers, and Anyone Stuck in the Middle) by Judy Ringer

Leaders often believe they don’t have the time to help employees navigate conflict. It takes more time not to address conflict than to constructively intervene. But before you can successfully guide others in managing disagreements, you must be able to manage yourself—your mindset, presence, and behaviors. Turn Enemies into Allies offers a way of working with clashing employees that is deliberate and systematic.



9781473685642Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast by David Komlos and David Benjamin

Too many leaders approach complexity the wrong way—they push their people harder and harder and tackle problems one at a time over months, sometimes even years, and nearly always in a linear fashion. In this book, the authors share their proven formula for dramatically shortening the process and solving an organization's toughest challenges in mere days.



9781595622242It's the Manager: Gallup finds the quality of managers and team leaders is the single biggest factor in your organization's long-term success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

Packed with 52 discoveries from Gallup’s largest study on the future of work, It’s the Manager shows leaders how to adapt their organizations to rapid change, ranging from new workplace demands to the challenges of managing remote employees, a diverse workforce, the rise of artificial intelligence, gig workers, and attracting—and keeping—today’s best employees.



9781626346222Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization by Ron Williams with Karl Weber

This master class on leadership, written by one of America's most prominent and successful executives, will help you develop the professional leadership qualities that deliver personal, interpersonal, and organizational success. Ron Williams provides you with practical, tested leadership advice, whether you're searching for a new career, looking for proven management solutions, or seeking to transform your organization.



9781948080880Grace: A Leader's Guide to a Better Us by John Baldoni

GRACE: A Leader's Guide to a Better Us focuses on the role that grace plays as a catalyst in enabling us to create "the greater good" at work, at home and in our communities. GRACE tells the stories of women and men who are making a positive difference in our world by devoting themselves to serving as agents of positive change. GRACE is a clarion call for the goodness in the world around us as well as a practical guide for implementing grace in your own life.



9781633693951Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility by David Weinberger

Through stories from history, business, and technology, philosopher and technologist David Weinberger finds the unifying truths lying below the surface of the tools we take for granted--and a future in which our best strategy often requires holding back from anticipating and instead creating as many possibilities as we can.



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04.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9781633696303Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

There are some big lies--distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking--that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be. But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These freethinking leaders recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness. They know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom and that evidence is more powerful than dogma.



9781626346093The Coaching Effect: What Great Leaders Do to Increase Sales, Enhance Performance, and Sustain Growth
Bill Eckstrom and Sarah Wirth

The authors share three critical performance drivers, along with the four high-growth activities that coaches must execute to build a team that is motivated to achieve at the highest levels. Through both hard data and rich stories, Eckstrom and Wirth demonstrate how leaders can measure and improve their coaching to lead their teams to better results.



9781635652161Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business
Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse debunks popular wisdom with ten contrarian principles for better, faster, easier leadership. Grounded in solid research and three decades of entrepreneurial experience, this book has one purpose: to teach you how to be both the boss everyone wants to work for and the high achiever every CEO wants to hire—all without drama, stress, or endless hours in the office



9781989025314Labyrinth: The Art of Decision Making
Pawel Motyl

Every day, we make countless choices, yet we rarely stop to consider how we arrive at those decisions as we speed through our lives. In Labyrinth, leadership expert Pawel Motyl believes it’s time to take a closer look at how we make decisions―and learn how to decide better. Motyl digs into the series of decisions that led to some of the modern world’s most dramatic events: from the Cuban missile crisis to the 1996 Mount Everest climbing disaster; from the Apollo 13 rescue mission to the ill-fated Daimler–Chrysler merger. Along the way, he reveals 16 rules for effective decision-making that will challenge your pre-existing beliefs, and change your outlook forever.



9780262039574How Change Happens
Cass Sunstein

Sunstein focuses on the crucial role of social norms―and on their frequent collapse. When norms lead people to silence themselves, even an unpopular status quo can persist. Sometimes change is more gradual, as “nudges” help produce new and different decisions. And finally, he considers social divisions, social cascades, and “partyism,” when identification with a political party creates a strong bias against all members of an opposing party―which can both fuel and block social change.



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03.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780310352099Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise
Horst Schulze

As the co-founder and former president of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Schulze led the company to unprecedented multi-billion dollar growth, setting the business vision and people-focused standards that made the Ritz-Carlton brand globally elite. Schulze's principles are both versatile and utterly practical to leaders of every age, career stage, and industry. You don't need a powerful title or a line of direct reports—you have everything you need to use them right now.



9781523099870Win the Heart: How to Create a Culture of Full Engagement
Mark Miller

Employee engagement is shockingly low--but it's not an employee problem; it's a leadership problem. Bestselling author Mark Miller says it's up to leaders to create a workplace where their employees truly want to be—and he reveals four keys to doing it.



9781119519447The 100X Leader: How to Become Someone Worth Following
Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

The best leader you've ever had in your life was a liberator—someone willing to fight for your highest good, even at a personal cost. Inside, global leadership experts Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram explain what made that leader so unique, how to become that person yourself, and how to share the same gift with others. The 100x Leader will help you become—and build—leaders worth following.



9781633538443Innovating Innovation: Leadership Tools For Moving Your Business Forward and Making Change Happen
David Morey

Innovation is broken. Business leaders struggle to find ways to crack through their own corporate politics or bureaucratic silos, to move from defense to offense, to nurture real breakthrough, to drive visionary creativity in ways that add new value to everything they do. Morey will guide you across 11 concrete and pragmatic steps that unlock and drive day-to-day innovation in your business and help you gain a long-term competitive advantage in your marketplace.



9780735219564The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
Julie Zhuo

Having managed dozens of teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie Zhuo knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you care enough to be reading this, then you care enough to be a great manager. Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.



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02.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9780718098506Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace
John C. Maxwell

In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps leaders gain the ability and willingness to make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth. He does this by sharing the eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career. Each shift changed his trajectory and set him up for new and exciting achievements, ultimately strengthening and sustaining his leadership abilities.



9780801093937Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships
Dr. Randy Ross with a Foreword by Ken Blanchard

In Relationomics, Dr. Randy Ross lays out the principles and practices that will help readers develop and sustain the kind of relationships that can build their business and energize their team, including how to become a value creator, master the art of giving and receiving helpful feedback, dramatically decrease employee turnover, lead beyond self-interest, and much more.



9781523098781Bedtime Stories for Managers: Farewell, Lofty Leadership . . . Welcome, Engaging Management
Henry Mintzberg

If you're like most managers and things keep you up at night, now you can turn to a book that's designed especially for you! But you won't find talking rabbits or princesses here. (There is a cow, but it doesn't jump.) Henry Mintzberg has culled forty-two of the best posts from his widely read blog and turned them into a deceptively light, sneakily serious compendium of sometimes heretical reflections on management.



9780525536208Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?
Aaron Dignan

Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems—the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture—with extraordinary success. Seth Godin says, “This is the management book of the year. Clear, powerful and urgent, it's a must read for anyone who cares about where they work and how they work.”



9780062880246The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good
James O'Toole

James O’Toole tells the largely forgotten stories of men and women who adopted forward-thinking business practices designed to serve the needs of their employees, customers, communities, and the natural environment. They wanted to prove that executives didn’t have to make trade-offs between profit and virtue.



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01.01.19

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

9781119545798Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions
Michael A. Roberto

Leaders do not have to conceive innovative ideas, but rather open the path for curious and creative employees within their organization. Unlocking Creativity aids organizations in removing obstacles to the creative process and helps to form an atmosphere of imagination and innovation.



9781501196348Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose
Jean Case

When National Geographic Chairman Jean Case set out to investigate the core qualities of great change makers, past and present, from inventors to revolutionaries, she found five surprising traits all had in common. They weren’t wealth, privilege, or even genius. It was that all of these exceptional men and women chose to make a “big bet,” take bold risks, learn from their failures, reach beyond their bubbles, and let urgency conquer fear.



9781610398770Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation
Gary P. Pisano

The conventional wisdom is that only disruptive, nimble startups can innovate; once a business gets bigger and more complex corporate arteriosclerosis sets in. Big organizations require a different set of management practices and approaches—a discipline focused on the strategies, systems and culture for taking their companies to the next level.



9781119538257Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most
Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Is your leadership built for scale as you advance in today’s volatile and disruptive business environment? This context puts a premium on a very particular kind of leadership—High-Creative leadership capable of rapidly growing the organization while simultaneously transforming it into more agile, innovative, adaptive and engaging workplace.



9781626346154Return on Courage: A Business Playbook for Courageous Change
Ryan Berman

Return on Courage is the go-to courage instructional manual that helps readers attack and shrink business fears head-on. They will learn how to relentlessly play offense, drive change, and transform into a Courage Brand®. ROC can be the secret weapon to innovating new products and services, maximizing ROI, and revolutionizing their industry.



9781523097500Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want
Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni

Study after study confirms that career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving retention, engagement, productivity, and results. But most managers feel they just don't have time for it. This new edition offers a better way: frequent, short conversations with employees about themselves, their goals, and the business that can be integrated seamlessly into the normal course of business.



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12.14.18

The Best Leadership Books of 2018

Best Leadership Books of 2018

9781633693425 The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

(Harvard Business Review Press, 2018)

The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution to solve the leadership crisis. Organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. (Blog Post)



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9781610398817 Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied
by Howard Yu

(PublicAffairs, 2018)

In today's competitive environment, where latecomers can copy almost any product or service, companies can no longer just be good at what they do. Is the displacement of early pioneering companies an inevitable fate in the modern economy? Outlasting copycat competition in any industry is difficult; doing so over decades is nearly impossible—unless you leap. (Blog Post)



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9781633692350 Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You
by Heidi Grant

(Harvard Business Review Press, 2018)

Asking for help makes most of us uncomfortable and we often go to great lengths to avoid doing it. We fear rejection. We fear that people we think less of us. We believe people don’t really want to help. But the truth is we need the help and support of others to succeed. To be sure, leadership is fundamentally about asking people for help. (Blog Post)



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9781633692855 Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive
by Bradley R. Staats

(Harvard Business Review Press, 2018)

What did you learn today? We often think of learning as something we are doing all of the time. But we aren’t. Mostly we are repeating or reinforcing what we already know. And that gets in the way of learning. Like most things worthwhile learning must be deliberate. (Blog Post)



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9781590794531 What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You
by John Hillen and Mark D. Nevins

(SelectBooks, Inc., 2018)

The ability to reinvent yourself is core to your success as a leader. As you take on more responsibility, the demands on you as a leader change. If disrupting yourself isn’t part of who you are, you will get left behind. If you are just doubling down on what you’ve always done, you will miss the opportunities. When conditions change, you have to change too. (Blog Post)



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9781250195777 The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

(St. Martin's Press, 2018)

So much of leadership is managing tensions. Leaders must know when to adapt. After the publication of their first book, Extreme Ownership, many people latched on to the aggressive implications of the word “extreme” and missed the more nuanced balance that a leader must have. “Leaders must find the equilibrium between opposing forces that pull in opposite directions.” The Dichotomy of Leadership is meant to help leaders find that equilibrium. (Blog Post)



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9780190695781 Professionalizing Leadership
by Barbara Kellerman

(Oxford University Press, 2018)

Over the last 40 years, the leadership industry has grown exponentially. Yet leadership education, training, and development still fall far short. Moreover, leaders are demeaned, degraded, and derided as they never were before. Why? Leadership in the first quarter of the present century is different from what it was even in the last quarter of the past century - which is why leadership taught casually and carelessly should no longer suffice.



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9781250195647 Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business
by Maynard Webb with Carlye Adler

(St. Martin's Press, 2018)

What began as a project to provide guidance to a select group of founders in the Webb Investment Network has been expanded and offered to founders of all types and those who need to have a founder’s mindset. The result is Dear Founder. (Blog Post)



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9780316523073 This Is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters
by Drew Dudley

(Hachette Books, 2018)

This is Day One is about choosing to lead. Everything worthwhile in life begins with a Day One. “If you want to be a leader, chose to be a leader today. Repeat that choice every day. It doesn’t matter if you failed to do it yesterday or if you’ve done it every day for a decade: every new day begins with a recommitment to that choice.” (Blog Post)



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9781948677066 ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Highest Level of Distinction
by Scott McKain

(Forefront Books/Simon & Schuster, 2018)

“Iconic organizations and leaders have become such universal symbols of distinction they are not only irresistible to customers in their marketplace, they compel interest and admiration across a wide spectrum.” How do you attain iconic status? The answer is explained in detail in this book. (Blog Post)



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9781250155139 Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great
by Carmine Gallo

(St. Martin's Press, 2018)

“Your ability to communicate persuasively is the single greatest skill that will set you apart in the next decade.” There is so much in this book that will help you perform better in all of your communication. If only read one book on communication this year, this is it. (Blog Post)



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9781476794358 Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do
by Carl J. Schramm

(Simon & Schuster, 2018)

If you are thinking of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan. (Blog Post)



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9781939714091 Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
by Patty McCord

(Silicon Guild, 2018)

When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. Powerful is a book of advice gained from her experience at Netflix. She began working with Reed Hastings to identify the behaviors that they wanted to see become consistent practices and worked to instill the discipline of actually doing them. When established they were communicated over and over again and eventually became known as the Netflix Culture Deck. (Blog Post)



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9781524760731 The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership
by Fred Kofman

(Currency, 2018)

Fred Kofman's approach to leadership has little to do with the standard practices taught in business school and traditional books. Bringing together economics and business theory, communications and conflict resolution, family counseling and mindfulness mediation, Kofman argues in The Meaning Revolution that our most deep-seated, unspoken, and universal anxiety stems from our fear that our life is being wasted--that the end of life will overtake us when our song is still unsung. Kofman claims that transcendental leaders, wherever they are in the hierarchy, are able to put aside their self-interests and help others to feel connected with others on a team or in an organization on a great mission and part of an ennobling purpose.



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Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life
by Hal Gregersen

(HarperBusiness, 2018)

The questions we ask determine our outcomes in leadership and life. The key to success is asking a different question. Gregersen explains the conditions we can create in our lives that will give rise to better questions—life-changing questions—that will provide us with better answers. (Blog Post)



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9780316486545 Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World
by John Chambers with Diane Brady

(Hachette Books, 2018)

Since stepping down as CEO of Cisco in 2015, John Chambers founded the venture capital firm JC2 Ventures specializing in startups. That experience has led him to write Connecting the Dots as a way to help others to learn from the key events in his life and career as they navigate business and life. It has always been true, but it is worth repeating: “What will differentiate the winners from the losers won’t be technology or capital but leadership and a willingness to learn.” (Blog Post)




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9781626345768 Entrepreneurial Leader: A Lifetime of Adventures in Business, Education, and Government
by William H. Donaldson with Karl Weber

(Greenleaf Book Group, 2018)

Donaldson and Karl Weber extract relevant lessons for leaders in Entrepreneurial Leader. The thread that runs through his career is the entrepreneurial mindset. That mindset is “about the application of creative thinking and prudent risk-taking to build innovative, long-lasting organizations in any sector of the economy.” (Blog Post)



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9781503608016 Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey
by John L. Hennessy

(Stanford University Press, 2018)

Leading Matters is about the journey. The stories Hennessy tells here are revolve around the ten elements that shaped his journey and how he relied on these traits in pivotal moments. The elements are relevant to any leader at any level. As he observes, the higher up you go the crises just get bigger and come faster. (Blog Post)



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/9781476795928 Leadership In Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

(Simon & Schuster, 2018)

In this well-structured study, Goodwin begins by looking at the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson in turn, when they first entered public life. Unremarkable at this stage of their life they, like most young leaders, made mistakes stemming from inexperience, cockiness, lack of caution, outright misjudgments, and selfishness.” But more importantly we “see the efforts made to acknowledge, conceal, or overcome these mistakes.” This of course, is a key to their eventual success. (Blog Post)



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12.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear by Richard Sheridan
  Master Your Mind: Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus and Re-Energize Your Runaway Brain by Roger Seip and Robb Zbierski
  Great Mondays: How to Design a Company Culture Employees Love by Josh Levine
  Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation by Gary Shapiro
  The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. by Robin Sharma

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11.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company's Future by Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel and Thomas Zoega Ramsoy
  Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel
  Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life by Hal Gregersen
  The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You by Scott E. Page
  Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Barry O'Reilly

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10.28.18

Books About Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Books

ON THE OCCASION of the anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth on October 27, 1858, we have assembled a list of some of the better books about him:

  Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit by James M. Strock
  Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership by Jon Knokey
  Theodore Roosevelt, CEO: 7 Principles to Guide and Inspire Modern Leaders by Alan Axelrod
  The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Book 1) by Edmund Morris
  Theodore Rex (Book 2) by Edmund Morris
  Colonel Roosevelt (Book 3) by Edmund Morris
  Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
  The Man in the Arena: Selected Writings of Theodore Roosevelt: A Reader by Theodore Roosevelt (Edited by Brian M. Thomsen)

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  Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt
  T.R.: The Last Romantic by H. W. Brands
  Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Aida Donald
  Theodore Roosevelt: A Life by Nathan Miller
  Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life by Thomas Bailey and Katherine Joslin

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10.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Highest Level of Distinction by Scott McKain
  Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World by David P. Gushee and Colin Holtz
  Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal with Jeff Eggers and Jay Mangone
  The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
  It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

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09.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences by Carey Nieuwhof
  Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business by Maynard Webb with Carlye Adler
  Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  Connecting the Dots: Lessons for Leadership in a Startup World by John Chambers with Diane Brady
  The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

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08.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide by Brandon Webb and John David Mann
  8 Steps to High Performance: Focus On What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest) by Marc Effron
  Humble Leadership: The Power of Relationships, Openness, and Trust by Edgar H. Schein and Peter A. Schein
  Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People by Donna Hicks Ph.D
  Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey

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07.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases.

  Powered by Change: How to design your business for perpetual success by Jonathan MacDonald
  Training Reinforcement: The 7 Principles to Create Measurable Behavior Change and Make Learning Stick by Anthonie Wurth and Kees Wurth
  Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, And Inspire Action On Your Most Important Work by Peter Bregman
  Transforming the Clunky Organization: Pragmatic Leadership Skills for Breaking Inertia by Samuel B. Bacharach
  Reinvent Your Business Model: How to Seize the White Space for Transformative Growth by Mark W. Johnson

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06.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this month.

  Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley R. Staats
  Straight Talk for Startups: 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds-From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman
  Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You by Heidi Grant
  Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied by Howard Yu
  Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers -- and Seize Success by Dawn Marie Graham

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05.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this month.

  Born to Build by Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Badal
  The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership by Fred Kofman
  What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You by John Hillen and Mark D. Nevins
  Next Is Now: 5 Steps for Embracing Change—Building a Business that Thrives into the Future by Lior Arussy
  The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practices that Make Great Teams Great by Jon Gordon

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04.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this year.

  The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last by Thomas J. Peters
  On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
  New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World--and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans
  The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr

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03.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March 2018. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases this year.

  Professionalizing Leadership by Barbara Kellerman
  Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, Dennis Carey
  The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter
  The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications by C. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaeufer
  Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It by Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik

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02.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard
  Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick: People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt and Sven Smit
  The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done by Stephen Denning
  The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
  Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People by Mark Miller

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01.01.18

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2018

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
  The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade by Carter Cast
  The Power of Vulnerability: How to Create a Team of Leaders by Shifting INward by Barry Kaplan and Jeffrey Manchester
  The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
  Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten Hansen

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12.25.17

The Best Leadership Books of 2017

Best Leadership Books of 2017

9781626568754
Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age
by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig

Smart technologies will become ubiquitous, invading and changing many aspects of our professional and personal lives and in many ways challenging our fundamental beliefs about success, opportunity, and the American Dream. New skills will be needed. Uniquely human skills. Those skills, while uniquely human, are not what we are typically trained to do and require a deal of messy personal development. (Blog Post)


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Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits that Hijack Your Business
by Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes

“Anytime we know intellectually what to do, but our actual behavior is inconsistent or in contradiction, it is a sign we are being short-circuited by our egosystem. These behavioral derailers come in many forms: conflict avoidance, procrastination, defensiveness, people pleasing, shutting down, being argumentative, just to name a few.” (Blog Post)


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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

Radical candor is a culture of guidance based on caring personally and challenging directly everyone you work with. The goal is to achieve collaboratively what you could never achieve individually, and to do that, you need to care about the people you’re working with. (Blog Post)


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Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Nancy Koehn

The crisis that can break one person can give birth to leadership in another. It’s a conscious choice to lead. Koehn brings out key lessons common to Ernest Shackleton, President Abraham Lincoln, legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and environmental crusader Rachel Carson, as they struggled with their thoughts in what were do or die situations. (Blog Post)


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Principles: Life and Work
by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.


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The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams
by Sam Walker

The best leaders in sports history were not mesmerizing characters. They didn’t always make for great television. That’s what we’ve come to expect, however. So that’s what we continue to get. And so teams choose the wrong people to lead them. They promote people with the wrong characteristics. It’s typically not the player with the highest market value. What it takes to lead is not always what it seems. (Blog Post)


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Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There's No More Business as Usual
by Rajeev Peshawaria

Based on Peshawaria's research spanning 28 countries, he concludes that traditional industrial age thinking needs a massive upgrade to successfully navigating the brave new world of business. Open Source Leadership rewrites the rules of management, giving you a unique look at the most common misperceptions, illusions, and downright wrong information you’ve been getting about what works and what doesn’t. It provides a new, counterintuitive model for seizing competitive edge in any industry.


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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
by Lolly Daskal

The gap in our leadership arises as a result of the disconnect between how we think people are experiencing our leadership and how they are actually experiencing our leadership. And where we find that disconnect we limit or even derail our leadership potential. (Blog Post)


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Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability
by Nate Regier

The misuse of conflict energy is the biggest crisis facing our world, and that we haven’t even begun to harness the creative potential of conflict. When people embrace the fullest meaning of compassion as a process of “struggling with” others in creative conflict, they can transform lives, companies, and the world. (Blog Post)


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Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude
by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin

We live in an age of noise. Getting some time for yourself is a challenge. But if we are going to lead effectively, we need white space. We need solitude. You don’t have to go off to a mountaintop or sit at the seashore. It can be a closed room, the library, a park bench, and even a waiting room. We have a responsibility to seek out periods of solitude. We owe it to ourselves and those we lead. (Blog Post)


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Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less - and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
by Scott Sonenshein

Scott Sonenshein dispels the notion that having more resources = getting better results and replaces it with the conviction that a better use of resources = getting better results. Especially in uncertain times, “stretching equips us with the abilities to adapt and change when facing a less predictable set of circumstances.” (Blog Post)


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Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
by Tasha Eurich

Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?


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High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way
by Brendon Burchard

Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits, and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle.


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One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams
by Chris Fussell with C. W. Goodyear

In Team of Teams, retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal and former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell made the case for a new organizational model combining the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization. Now, in One Mission, Fussell channels all his experiences, both military and corporate, into powerful strategies for unifying isolated and distrustful teams.



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Biographies:

9781501139154
Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.


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Finding My Virginity
by Richard Branson

Richard Branson titled his autobiography Finding My Virginity because “You can only lose your virginity once. But in every aspect of my life—building businesses, raising a family, embarking upon adventures—I try to do things for the first time every day.” He shares his ups and downs in his entertaining, candid style. “If your life is one long success story it won’t make for a good read. What's more, you’re most likely a liar. We all have ups and downs, trials and tribulations, failures and triumphs: we just hope to come out stronger on the other side.” (Blog Post)


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Am I Being Too Subtle? Straight Talk From a Business Rebel
by Sam Zell

Billionaire investor Sam Zell has put down on paper an account of the principles that guide how he does business in Am I Being Too Subtle? He advocates an owner/entrepreneurial mindset in business and life. “An owner is consumed with making the most out of what he already has. He’s all in. An entrepreneur is always looking for a new opportunity. He’s always reaching.” (Blog Post)


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Grant
by Ron Chernow

“If there were many small things Grant didn’t know about the presidency, he knew one big thing: His main mission was to settle unfinished business from the war by preserving the Union and safeguarding the freed slaves.” Grants example is instructive for us today.



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12.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Tren Griffin
  Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy by David Grebow and Stephen J. Gill
  Impromptu: Leading in the Moment by Judith Humphrey
  Capacity: Create Laser Focus, Boundless Energy, and an Unstoppable Drive In Any Organization by Chris Johnson and Matt Johnson
  The Art of Learning and Self-Development: Your Competitive Edge by Jim Stovall and Raymond H. Hull

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11.08.17

Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow

Lets Go Invent Tomorrow

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ET'S GO INVENT TOMORROW is a collection of 365 quotes on business and life from Richard Branson, Sergey Brin, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jack Ma, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Carlos Slim, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Zuckerberg.

Some are inspiring, and most are thought-provoking. You won’t agree with every opinion expressed, but you will gain a wider perspective to enhance your own. These successful business leaders share what worked and what didn’t work and more importantly how they approach their work.

From Oprah Winfrey’s advice, “The key is not to worry about being successful but to instead work toward being significant—and the success will naturally follow. How can you serve your way to greatness?” to Warren Buffet’s advice on marriage, “Marry the right person. And I’m serious about that. It will make more difference in your life. It will change your aspiration, all kinds of things. It’s enormously important who you marry,” you will find insights to help you build a firmer foundation to grow from.



Gary Saul Morson wrote in The Words of Others: “Anatole France frankly advised, ‘When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.’ Yes, indeed, but do more. Copy many well-said things. Pierce them together. Assimilate them. Make the process of reading them a way to form the mind and shape the soul. As anthologies can never be complete, we will never exhaust the ways quotations can enrich our lives.”

Let’s Go Invent Tomorrow will help “form the mind and shape the soul.”



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11.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World by Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel
  Blueprint to Business: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, And Doing the Things That Most People Won't by Michael Alden
  Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul by Shawn Askinosie with Lawren Askinosie
  Breaking Bad Habits: Defy Industry Norms and Reinvigorate Your Business by Freek Vermeulen
  Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

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— Charles William Eliot


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10.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage by Daniel Burrus
  Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson
  The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries
  Myths of Management: What People Get Wrong About Being the Boss by Stefan Stern and Cary Cooper

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— Anthony Trollope


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09.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be by Mark Sanborn
  How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship by Annie McKee
  Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel and Roger L. Martin
  Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
  The Four Dilemmas of the CEO: Mastering the make-or-break moments in every executive's career by Tom Biesinger, Ross Wall and Clifford Herbertson

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— Mark Twain


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08.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  The Innovation Code: The Creative Power of Constructive Conflict by Jeff DeGraff and Staney DeGraff
  The Mood Elevator: Take Charge of Your Feelings, Become a Better You by Larry Senn
  The Code of Trust: An American Counterintelligence Expert's Five Rules to Lead and Succeed by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth
  The Mythical Leader: The Seven Myths of Leadership by Ron Edmondson
  Total Focus: Make Better Decisions Under Pressure by Brandon Webb and John David Mann

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— Marcus Tullius Cicero


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07.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  The Bridge to Growth: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever by Jude Rake
  Designed Leadership by Moura Quayle
  Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity by Steve Greene
  Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact by Phil M Jones
  The Little Black Book of Decision Making: Making Complex Decisions with Confidence in a Fast-Moving World by Michael Nicholas

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06.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win by Chris Kuenne and John Danner
  Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin
  Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or Trust by Adam Kahane
  The Mathematical Corporation: Where Machine Intelligence and Human Ingenuity Achieve the Impossible by Josh Sullivan and Angela Zutavern
  One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell with C. W. Goodyear

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05.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith
  The EQ Leader: Instilling Passion, Creating Shared Goals, and Building Meaningful Organizations through Emotional Intelligence by Steven J. Stein
  One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor--And Why You'll Benefit from Being One by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz
  The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation by David Robertson with Kent Lineback
  The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal

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— Bell Hooks


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04.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters by Anthony Tjan
  Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown
  Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability by Nate Regier
  Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World by Jon Gordon

Time Talent Energy Leaders Made Here Conflict without Casualties Option B Positive Leadership

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— Franz Kafka


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03.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team's Productive Power by Michael C. Mankins and Eric Garton
  Leaders Made Here: Building a Leadership Culture by Mark Miller
  Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
  The High Potential Leader: How to Grow Fast, Take on New Responsibilities, and Make an Impact by Ram Charan
  Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg

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by Peter Drucker


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02.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  Pacing for Growth: Why Intelligent Restraint Drives Long-term Success by Alison Eyring
  Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less - and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein
  Extreme Teams: Why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail by Robert Bruce Shaw
  Leadership Step by Step: Become the Person Others Follow by Joshua Spodek
  Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

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— Oscar Wilde


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01.01.17

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2017

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig
  The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith
  Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change by Frank Sesno
  Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies by Paul J. Zak
  Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos by Heidi K. Gardner

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12.25.16

The Best Leadership Books of 2016

Best Leadership Books of 2016

ONCE AGAIN we see that despite our rhetoric, what we are is reflected in our leaders and leadership. Actions have consequences and continuity of character matters. We need to be “urgently” reflective because too often by the time we find out it’s broken, it’s been broken for a very long time.

As technology becomes more disruptive and we see more importance placed on big data and artificial intelligence, what will matter most are those things that make us human – the soft skills. Creating meaning, teaching, empathy, self control, creativity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to define consequences, will be indispensable skills to prosper in the future.

In this uncertain environment, including the mounting global economic concerns, a humble mindset will be the only thing that will unlock the most promising business, social and economic innovations. An oversized ego inevitably leads to blindness and an inability to formulate good answers.

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport

To thrive in the new economy—the current information economy—you need to master these two core abilities: 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. (If you can’t learn you can’t thrive.) and 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed. (To produce tangible results that people value.) These two abilities depend on your ability to perform deep work. “To succeed,” writes Newport, “you have to produce the absolute best stuff you’re capable of producing—a task that requires depth. A deep life is a good life.” (Blog Post)


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Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent
by Sydney Finkelstein

Although Superbosses may differ in leadership styles, they share a playbook that leads to extraordinary success founded on making other people successful. Superbosses can be fierce or gentle, belligerent or self-depreciating, but whatever their style, they do a much better job inspiring and teaching because they get in their trenches with protégés, leading by example and giving them personalized attention they require to move up quickly. (Blog Post)


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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
by Adam Grant

There are so few originals in life. “We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original. When it comes to the powerful ideas in our heads and the core values in our hearts, we censor ourselves.” Adam Grant demonstrates how originality, can and should be taught and nurtured. Anyone can innovate if given the opportunity and the support. He provides practical tools to “unleash” the hidden creativity in all of us. However, not just for ourselves but also to build cultures of originality both at home and at work. (Blog Post)


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The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation
by Vijay Govindarajan

Ultimately our future is not in linear—incremental—improvements. It is in nonlinear—nonconforming, breakthrough—change. But the future is built in the now and that’s the problem. What should we be doing now to insure we have a future? Dartmouth professor Vijay Govindarajan writes, “As much as we might pay lip service to the fact that the future will differ dramatically from the past, we often behave as though it will be exactly the same.” There is a tension between and what we have to do now to continue on as an entity and what we need to be doing now to create our future along with the things that we are doing that get in our way of doing any of it. How do we create the future while managing the present? (Blog Post)


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Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written a new book that examines a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership? How do they learn to become leaders? Learning Leadership is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery. The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be. (Blog Post)


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64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World
by Kevin Roberts

In 64 Shots, Roberts draws on the biggest ideas, toughest experiences and greatest influences of his life to present 16X4 stripped down, straight-forward and instantly-absorbable insights on how to bring order to the chaos of business and life. The punchy insights into winning - hitting readers lightly jab after jab - are an array of one-liners, sound bites, tweets, charts, quotes and historical reference points. They are loaded with Roberts' experience, story, brio, provocation and direction.


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The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves
by The Arbinger Institute

Unknowingly, too many of us operate from an inward mindset—a narrow-minded focus on self-centered goals and objectives. When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-aids, not recognizing the underlying mindset at the heart of our most persistent challenges. Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration, and accelerates innovation—a shift to an outward mindset.


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Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini

The author of the legendary bestseller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered. What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic bestseller, he explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”


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Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success
by Anthony Scaramucci

So much of successful entrepreneurship is learning to lead yourself. It requires some luck, but more than anything it means always pressing forward and a good dose of creativity especially when things don’t look good. It’s not surprising then that Anthony Scaramucci’s book, Hopping Over The Rabbit Hole is not just an important read for would-be entrepreneurs but anyone who looking move through life in a forward direction. (Blog Post)


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Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work
by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.

Joseph Badaracco offers five questions we should be asking to resolve the inevitable gray areas we will all face from time to time. Gray areas demand our best judgment. The five questions provide a way to get there. They are “a distinctive way of sizing up gray area issues, analyzing them carefully, grappling with their full, human complexity, and then—and only then—making final decisions.” (Blog Post)


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Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways
by William C. Taylor

There's no such thing as an average or old-fashioned business, just average or old-fashioned ways to do business. In fact, the opportunity to reach for extraordinary may be most pronounced in settings that have been far too ordinary for far too long. The story of this book, its message for leaders who aim to do something important and build something great, is both simple and subversive: In a time of wrenching disruptions and exhilarating advances, of unrelenting turmoil and unlimited promise, the future is open to everybody. The thrill of breakthrough creativity and breakaway performance . . . can be summoned in all sorts of industries and all walks of life, if leaders can reimagine what’s possible in their fields.


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The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues
by Patrick M. Lencioni

Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.



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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike.


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A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service
by Robert M Gates

In a time when change is not just inevitable, but must be encouraged and led, Robert Gates’ A Passion for Leadership is a must read. Gates offers from experience, strategies, techniques, and principles for implementing change. He includes many examples from the organizations he has served. (Blog Post)


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Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow
by Steve Lehto

Steve Lehto tackles the story of Tucker's amazing rise and tragic fall, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the questions automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: Exactly how and why was the production of such an innovative car killed?


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The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
by Sebastian Mallaby

This is definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time. It is the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years—and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush—in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill.



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12.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman
  Killing It: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart by Sheryl O'Loughlin
  Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter by Evan Carmichael
  Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains by Sam Weinman
  Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace by Christine Porath

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11.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History by Lawrence Levy
  Worth Doing Wrong: The Quest to Build a Culture That Rocks by Arnie Malham
  The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career by Nick Lovegrove
  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
  Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by Alan Willett

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— Denis Parsons Burkitt


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10.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  Rock Bottom to Rock Star: Lessons from the Business School of Hard Knocks by Ryan Blair
  Simplify: How the Best Businesses in the World Succeed by Richard Koch, Greg Lockwood and Perry Marshall
  Becoming a Leader of Character: 6 Habits That Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home by James L. Anderson and Dave Anderson
  Small Acts of Leadership: 12 Intentional Behaviors that Lead to Big Impact by G. Shawn Hunter
  Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success by Anthony Scaramucci

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— Marcus Tullius Cicero


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09.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  Managing in the Gray: Five Timeless Questions for Resolving Your Toughest Problems at Work by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
  Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini
  The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles Vogl
 
The Cheat Code: Going Off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success by Brian Wong
  Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways by William C. Taylor

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— Charlie "Tremendous" Jones


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08.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to Transform Wasteful Habits by Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson
  Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures That Win in the New Era and How to Create Them by Sara Roberts
  Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best by Srinivas Rao
  Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football, Doing It Differently—and Winning by Steve Spurrier with Buddy Martin
  The Start-Up J Curve: The Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success by Howard Love

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— Anthony Trollope


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07.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve Lehto
  The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman
  Hooked: Why cute sells...and other marketing magic that we just can't resist by Patrick Fagan
  High-Hanging Fruit: Build Something Great by Going Where No One Else Will by Mark Rampolla
  Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently by Don Yaeger

Preston Tucker Effective Manager Hooked 64 Shots Pathways to Possibility

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— Austin Phelps


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06.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  That's Not How We Do It Here! A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber
  The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
  The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves by The Arbinger Institute
  64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World by Kevin Roberts
  Pathways to Possibility: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World by Rosamund Stone Zander

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05.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  Fix It: Getting Accountability Right by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
  The Power of the Other: The Startling Effect Other People Have on You, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom and Beyond—and What to do About It by Henry Cloud
  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

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— Abraham Lincoln


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04.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future by Steve Case
  Good for the Money: My Fight to Pay Back America by Bob Benmosche
  Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts by Daniel Shapiro
  The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni
  The Three-Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan

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03.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff
  The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule by Matt Tenney and Tim Gard PhD
  The Art of Strategic Leadership: How to Guide Teams, Create Value, and Apply Techniques to Shape the Future by Steven J. Stowell and Stephanie S. Mead
  Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual by David Burkus

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02.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
  Strategy That Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap by Paul Leinwand and Cesare R. Mainardi
  Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein
  Remarkable! Maximizing Results through Value Creation by David Salyers and Randy Ross

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— Michael Hyatt


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01.01.16

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2016

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation by Adam Steltzner with William Patrick
  Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick
  Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World by Al Pittampalli
  Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time by Laura Stack

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— Seth Godin


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12.25.15

The Best Leadership Books of 2015

Best Leadership Books of 2015

AS LEADERS it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. It’s hard to take the long-term view when we have to do the mundane. Learning to take the longer view is not easy. A long-term approach helps to take us out of our comfort zones because it connects us with a larger story. How in the midst of the mundane, the glut of information, and the tyranny of the now, can we remember that we are part of a larger—very human—story?

From Everybody Matters which helps us to look at those we lead as family to Becoming Steve Jobs that looks at the development of a leader as a life-long process, the following books help us to do just that. Lead the larger story.

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Lean
The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence
by Jacob Stoller

Lean is not just a manufacturing system. It is a way of thinking about people that applies to any organization. Lean is a culture. It’s not a directive. It’s a way of thinking. It is about being open and humble. It’s about diversity of thought and understanding that good ideas come from anywhere. The Lean CEO gets to the heart of what it means to lead from anywhere. (Blog Post)

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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win
by Fred Kiel

In Return on Character, Fred Kiel has put numbers to the notion that good leadership aimed at promoting the common good, not just individual, winner-take-all acquisition can be good business. (Blog Post)

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Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia tell how Barry-Wehmiller envisioned and implemented a new kind of business culture—a culture that puts people first and cares for employees like family—and turned it into years of highly profitable growth in a tough market. (Blog Post)

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H3 Leadership: Stay Hungry. Be Humble. Always Hustle.
by Brad Lomenick

Brad Lomenick reflects on his leadership journey in H3 Leadership. Building on three H’s— Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?), and Hustle (How will I get there)—he gives us 20 habits to build our leadership on. The result is a very practical and challenging guidebook. (Blog Post)

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The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life
by Bernard Roth

The Achievement Habit is a book about life. Bernard Roth has woven together wide variety of insights to help us to design our life and leadership. Using design thinking we can transform our behavior and relationships. Stop wishing, start doing, and take command of your life with the ideas presented here. (Blog Post)

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A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business
by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden

Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. A problem to be solved. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? We can choose to use a constraint as an impetus to explore something new and arrive at a breakthrough. Not in spite of the constraint, but because of it. (Blog Post)

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Triggers: Creating Behavior Change That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be
by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter

Marshall Goldsmith explains in Triggers the kinds of things in our environment that derail us from becoming the kind of leader, co-worker, parent, or spouse that we want to be. He illuminates an aspect of self-awareness that is so vital to a leader’s success. By creating an awareness of our environment and identifying our own triggers we can be a force for adding value in other people’s lives by triggering something good in others. (Blog Post)

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Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time
by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Leadership BS is a compendium of human nature. It describes well the hypocrisy in all of us. We don’t always meet our own standards. We don’t always reward what we say we value. The real world doesn’t behave as it should. Leadership BS is an important book because it is a dose of reality. It is important for the questions it raises. (Blog Post)

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You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life
by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith

Jon Gordon and NFL coach Mike Smith describe how to transform a mediocre team into a winning one. You Win in the Locker Room First provides leaders of all fields with a practical framework and real world examples to build a great culture, lead with the right mindset and approach, create strong relationships, improve teamwork, execute at a higher level, and avoid the pitfalls that sabotage far too many leaders and organizations.

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Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations
by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone

“Teams are not strictly practical responses to immediate challenges and situations. Teams are at the heart of what it means to be human,” write Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone. This book brings together both the best practices of today and the past, with the latest scientific research, to show leaders in every field how to build the dynamic, robust, and great teams they will need in order to compete in this new world.

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Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
by Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock shares how Google does it. Frequently unconventional, the ideas do resonate and beg to be tried in your organization. How does Google balance creativity and structure? If you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given your employees, says Bock, you haven’t gone far enough.

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5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time
by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram

“Every day, millions of people are negatively impacted by the inability of a person to connect appropriately and to be present.” So much drama is created when we don’t know how to shift gears and become present. 5 Gears offers an extremely valuable metaphor for identifying which gear you are in and finding the right gear at the right time in order to connect fully with others. The 5 Gears model gives you language to communicate which gear you are in to yourself and others, and to understand where others are at so that you can be more fully present. (Blog Post)


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Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

Becoming Steve Jobs looks at Jobs as a work in progress. “Steve is a great object lesson in someone who masterfully improved his ability to make better use of his strengths and to effectively mitigate those aspects of his personality that got in the way of those strengths.” And we can too.

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is one of the most successful and important entrepreneurs in the world. Vance has written a fair portrait of Musk so far. That Musk is extremely persistent is clearly seen. At the same time he is very hard to work with. Comparisons with Steve Jobs are not off the mark.

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Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist
by Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: 1923-1968 is the first volume in a two-volume biography. He was one of the most important foreign policy theorists and secretaries of state that America ever produced. Whether you agree with Kissinger or not, Ferguson provides interesting insights into the man and his thinking.

9781476728742
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

The Wright brothers were more than just a couple of bicycle mechanics. They were convicted, determined and communicated well. They were a model of authenticity. They were basically self-taught with a well developed love of reading. Their character made their success very likely.


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12.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  Go Slow to Go Fast: Tools to Disrupt Incumbent Strategy & Behavior to WIN your Competitive Landscape by Damian D."Skipper" Pitts
  Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way by Joseph Michelli
  Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty in Uncertain Situations by Jeff Boss
  Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life by Jason Selk and Tom Bartow with Matthew Rudy
  Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

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11.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes—But Some Do by Matthew Syed
  Why Should Anyone Work Here? What It Takes to Create an Authentic Organization by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones
  It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture by Dee Ann Turner
  Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization that Thrives by Anese Cavanaugh
  Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

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10.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  Entitlement Cure: Finding Success In Doing Hard Things the Right Way by John Townsend
  Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia
  Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster by Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley and Eunice Parisi-Carew
  Lead More, Control Less: 8 Advanced Leadership Skills That Overturn Convention by Marvin R. Weisbord and Sandra Janoff
  Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

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— Descartes


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09.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram
  Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner by Robert Steven Kaplan
  H3 Leadership: Stay Hungry. Be Humble. Always Hustle. by Brad Lomenick
  The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age by Joseph Burgo

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08.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin
  Unthinkable: The Culture and Politics of Getting Innovation Wrong by Tom Hopkins
  Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry
  Leading Continuous Change: Navigating Churn in the Real World by Bill Pasmore
  Rising Strong by Brené Brown

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07.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
  Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong by Ira Chaleff
  The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth
  Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man who Invented the Toyota Production System by Takehiko Harada
  Backstabbers and Bullies: How to Cope with the Dark Side of People at Work by Adrian Furnham

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06.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World by Brian J. Robertson
  Invisibles: Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Workplace by David Zweig
  Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything by David Usher
  The Disciplined Leader: Keeping the Focus on What Really Matters by John Manning
  Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success by Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster

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05.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work by Michael Lee Stallard with Jason Pankau and Katharine P Stallard
  The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon
  People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful by Dale Partridge
  Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal with Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell
  Triggers: Creating Behavior Change That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter

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04.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel
  Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
  Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal
  Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out by John Calipari and Michael Sokolove
  A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General by Ann Dunwoody with Tomago Collins

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03.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs by Gerald F. Davis and Christopher J. White
  Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention by Ben Parr
  Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling by Laura Colby
  Becoming Your Best: Bringing Your Best Self to Work by Harry M. Kraemer
  Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today's Leaders by Peter F. Drucker, Joan Snyder Kuhl and Frances Hesselbein

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02.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
  The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness Within Your Company by Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain
  The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson
  Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Hendrie Weisinger and J. P. Pawliw-Fry
  The Attacker's Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities by Ram Charan

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01.01.15

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2015

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell
  Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace by Tim Stevens
  The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work by Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine
  Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate, and Succeed Despite Uncertainty by Scott Steinberg
  A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden

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12.25.14

The Best Leadership Books of 2014

Best Leadership Books of 2014

AS LEADERS we must learn and grow. We must be creative and innovative in our organizations but perhaps more importantly, in working on ourselves. The context we lead in requires nothing short of radical personal development. All of the following titles cover an aspect of this need.

An environment of rapid change demands more and better questions from us. It means we step out of our comfort zones and take strategic and intentional steps even before the path comes into full view. We can’t see around every corner, but we can listen more purposefully, think more critically, and see more clearly. Respond to a random world with an intentional life.

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Leadership
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
Creativity, Inc. is an excellent resource full of the practical application of principles and insights. Catmull’s Bottom-line: “Unleashing creativity requires that we loosen controls, accept risk, trust our colleagues, work to clear the path for them, and pay attention to anything that creates fear.” (Blog Post)

Leadership
Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness
by Frederic Laloux
Based on three years of research, Reinventing Organizations describes the emergence of a new management paradigm, a radically more soulful, purposeful and powerful ways to structure and run any organization.

Leadership
Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization
by Edward D. Hess
Learn or Die is a book everyone who is serious about learning and growth—personally or organizationally—should read. If you thought you were serious about it, Learn or Die will take you to a whole new level with tools, case studies, and insights that will challenge your commitment to learning. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World
by John P. Kotter
For most companies, the hierarchy is the singular operating system at the heart of the firm. But the reality is, this system simply is not built for an environment where change has become the norm. John Kotter advocates a new system—a second, more agile, network-like structure that operates in concert with the hierarchy to create what he calls a “dual operating system”—one that allows companies to capitalize on rapid-fire strategic challenges and still make their numbers. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work
by Liz Wiseman
Experience has its upside but its downside may hold us back more than we think. What we know will likely impede our ability to learn and therefore perform. We need get off the career ladder and get onto a learning curve. Wiseman says, “We do our best work when we are new to something, striving up that steep ascent.” We need to be a perpetual rookie. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
by Simon Sinek
The title of the book—Leaders Eat Last—comes from a conversation with a Marine Corps general. He said, “Officers eat last.” Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What’s symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care. In a world where far too many leaders are looking out for themselves, Sinek offers numerous insights about the kind of sacrifice required to be a great leader. (Blog Post)

Leadership
MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership
by John Baldoni
Moxie is full of great stories and examples making it immediately relatable and practical. It is structured so that you can thoughtfully and tactically look at each of these areas to see where you can better prepare yourself. Baldoni also provides an appendix that works as a handbook to guide you in this. Questions, examples, additional thoughts and action steps help you access where you are at and what you might need to do next. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative
by Scott Eblin
Solving the Overworked and Overwhelmed problem does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. What Scott Eblin does is guide you in learning to work differently — mindfully — so you are more clear about the results that most merit your time and attention and how you need to show up to offer your highest and best contributions as a professional and as a person. The answer for you is at the intersection of awareness and intention. (Blog Post)

Leadership
The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future
by Malachi O'Connor and Barry Dornfeld
The Moment You Can’t Ignore helps us to look at those things we often don’t want to address if organizational success is our primary focus. O’Connor and Dornfield note that “Culture is not the solution to every challenge, but it is the source material from which solutions can be drawn.” (Blog Post)

Leadership
12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid: Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life
by Tim Elmore
Tim Elmore understands the development of young people like few others do. He highlights the consequences of the well-intentioned but damaging approaches we sometimes take to prepare our kids for success in life. We must be nurturers and trainers and understand what hinders their growth and what equips them to be great adults.

Leadership
Hard Times: Leadership in America
by Barbara Kellerman
Barbara Kellerman turns her attention to the often overlooked context in which we lead. Leaders followers, and context form a system of leadership. “More than ever,” writes Kellerman, “it is better—better in practice and better in theory—to focus less on the leader and more on the leadership system.” It is difficult to navigate or change systems without understanding the underlying context they exist in. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter
by Robert Bruce Shaw
Blindspots are not just the result of not viewing ourselves accurately, they can be the result of the way we view he world. Leadership Blindspots helps you to see the various ways we fail to see ourselves and our actions accurately and how we can put mechanisms in place to prevent the filtering and distortion of information for ourselves and our organizations. (Blog Post)


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Biographies:
Leadership
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson
The Innovators is a biography of more than 60 individuals, partnerships and teams that created the digital revolution. Isaacson makes the point that innovation happens in the real world by teams and not lone geniuses. Our emphasis on heroes exaggerates the contributions of individuals and vastly underestimates incremental improvements over time. Isaacson examines too the role of the organizational forms within which innovation takes place—like Bell Labs.

Leadership
Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
by S. C. Gwynne
Rebel Yell is a very well written biography of Stonewall Jackson—a name that still creates controversy. While his best qualities were seen on the field of battle, you will find much you can learn from his leadership—both good and bad. What he might have contributed after the war, we'll never know as he died of complications from pneumonia on May 10, 1863 after being shot by a Confederate sentry during the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Leadership
Augustus: First Emperor of Rome
by Adrian Goldsworthy
Goldsworthy’s biography of Augustus is about the man and the social and political climate in which he maneuvered. The author writes, “I place his story in his times and describe the events and personalities that affected him. Shipwrecks, human sacrifice, hairbreadth escapes, unbridled sex, battles on land and at sea, ambushes, family scandals, and above all the unforgiving pursuit of absolute power. Augustus lived out an extraordinary and often terrifying drama.” There are interesting parallels to our own times.


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12.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman
  A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello
  Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker
  Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie
  The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne

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11.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn
  Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts
  The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders by M. A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas
  Seven Disciplines of A Leader by Jeff Wolf
  Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham

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— Groucho Marx


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10.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
  MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership by John Baldoni
  The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future by Malachi O'Connor and Barry Dornfeld
  Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative by Scott Eblin
  Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by Liz Wiseman

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09.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson
  The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan
  Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow
  Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization by Edward D. Hess
  Hard Times: Leadership in America by Barbara Kellerman

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08.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal
  The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max Bazerman
  The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
  Destined to Lead: Executive Coaching and Lessons for Leadership Development by Karol M. Wasylyshyn
  The Leadership Shadow: How to Recognise and Avoid Derailment, Hubris and Overdrive by Erik de Haan and Anthony Kasozi

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07.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead
  Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O'Connell
  The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh
  The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth by Dave Power
  The Leadership Playbook: Creating a Coaching Culture to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail

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06.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact by Jane E Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer
  Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
  It's Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz
  Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation by Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent L. Lineback
  Uplifting Leadership: Your Performance, Your People, and Yourself by Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris

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— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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05.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
  The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All by Jon Gordon
  Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception by Joseph T. Hallinan
  Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact by Nick Morgan
  Turning Adversity Into Opportunity by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

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— Cicero


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04.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World by John P. Kotter
  Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems by David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo and Cade Cowan
  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter by Robert B. Shaw

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03.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Low-Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits by Jeremy Eden and Terri Long
  A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger
  Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
  Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact by Joanna Barsh and Johanne Lavoie
  The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas by Alan G Robinson and Dean M Schroeder

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02.01.14

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao
  Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything by Tim Irwin
  The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle
  The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers by Leerom Segal, Aaron Goldstein, Jay Goldman and Rahaf Harfoush
  Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability by Faisal Hoque with Drake Baer

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— C.S. Lewis


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First Look: Leadership Books for January 2014

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
  On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership by Alison Levine
  Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Adam Bryant
  Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership by Janice Marturano
  Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline Arnold

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12.25.13

Best Leadership Books of 2013

Best Leadership Books of 2013

LEADERSHIP IS is an inside job. All of these titles help us to look at ourselves more deeply by asking the right questions. Sustainable leadership is a direct result of leaders that encourage feedback, listen and act positively on the information they receive to take their leadership effectiveness to the next level.

Leadership is about relationships. Building your leadership legacy is about building others. You will be remembered through the growth of the people you leveraged your leadership power for. Are the people around you flourishing?

The list below represents my picks for the best leadership books of 2013.

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Leadership
Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity
by Steven Snyder
Struggles are an inevitable part of the leadership journey. With every episode of struggle, there is a learning opportunity. Steven Snyder offers insights as how we should accept and reconcile the struggles we experience. (Blog Post)

Leadership
The Business of Belief: How the World's Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe
by Tom Asacker
In The Business of Belief, Tom Asacker describes the job of leadership from the perspective of beliefs—yours and theirs. Understanding people’s beliefs is the first step in leading them. It's a critical message that every leader should read. (Blog Post)

Leadership
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
Phil Jackson offers 11 insights that transform ordinary leadership into great leadership. His 11 Principle's of Mindful Leadership are about leading with outgoing concern for others and good character. These principles should be a part of your personal leadership development plan. (Blog Post)

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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
by Todd Henry
Todd Henry asks, “Are we willing to spend ourselves on behalf of something we care about?” Be purposeful about how you spend your time. As many people become more and more successful, comfort becomes their objective. We cannot pursue comfort as an objective. That’s the path to mediocrity. You cannot pursue comfort and great works simultaneously. Your work should represent what you care about. Will you die full of unexecuted ideas or will you die empty? (Blog Post)

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The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World
by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
Underlying your leadership are certain values and assumptions. Leading responsibly and successfully is a struggle. Badaracco poses five questions leaders need to answer. The answers will guide and ground your choices in a world of widely divergent forces.
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Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly
by Mike Myatt
We all have gaps in our leadership. Hacking Leadership is for leaders who feel that their performance falls short of their potential and who want to know why. Myatt addresses 11 gaps from hacking perfection to hacking the future. He asks, “Do you want to be a leader who simply does what’s expected, or do you want to be a leader who makes what if a reality?” As a leader, you need to be focused on stretching yourself—hacking your leadership gaps.

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The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas
by David Burkus
Creativity is not as divinely-inspired, unpredictable and random a gift as we tend to think it is. These persistent myths hinder our creativity and limit our ability to produce real creative thinking. Burkus debunks ten of these myths like the Eureka Myth, the Lone Creator Myth, and the Brainstorming Myth, to help us understand how to ignite what is already inside of us.

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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. Overly protective leadership can lead to more fragile followers. Very practical insights here. (Blog Post)

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Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership
by Bob Lutz
Bob Lutz offer practical insights into leaders and leadership. Great leaders do not possess all of the ingredients we might think they must. It’s always a blend of good and bad. But, in Lutz’s words, the value they bring to the table consistently and heavily outweighs the negative baggage. Very encouraging for us mere mortals.

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Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
by Adam M. Grant
Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice to make: do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return? In the workplace, says Adam Grant, givers are a relatively rare breed. Are You a Giver or a Taker? (Blog Post)

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Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity
by August Turak
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks is about service and selflessness—two foundational ideas of good leadership. A reflective reading of this book will cause you to look more deeply into your own motivations and behaviors, live authentically and lead from who you are. Service and selflessness have the moral force to transcend market forces.

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Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
by Gary Klein
Gary Klein says that organizations stifle insights because we value predictability and crave perfection more than we value the disruption they bring. A better understanding of the nature of insights will help us to welcome them and make better use of them rather than suppressing them before they see the light of day. (Blog Post)

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Goodwin explores in detail the communication styles of William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. Taft’s failure as a public leader underscores the pivotal importance of the bully pulpit—that “wonderful platform” from which the presidency shapes public sentiment and mobilize action —in presidential leadership. It’s an engaging story of the relationship between Roosevelt, Taft and the muckraking press.

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone
The Everything Store is an interesting account of the rise of Amazon and one of the world's leading entrepreneurs, Jeff Bezos. We learn about Bezos’ values and vision as well as his blind spots. There are lessons to be learned in all of it.

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I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford
by Richard Snow
This is a well told story of Henry Ford’s rise from farm boy to one of America’s greatest industrialists. Snow portrays Ford with all of his strengths and weaknesses and the consequences of each. A study of Ford’s life provides insights into the world we live in today.

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12.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly by Mike Myatt
  Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way by Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Michael Useem
  Lead & Influence: Get More Ownership, Commitment, and Achievement From Your Team by Mark Fritz
  The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine with Allyson E. Machete
  Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job by Jesse Sostrin

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11.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Leading Through Uncertainty: How Umpqua Bank Emerged from the Great Recession Better and Stronger than Ever by Raymond P. Davis
  Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton
  The Practical Drucker: Applying the Wisdom of the World's Greatest Management Thinker by William A. Cohen
  The Talent Equation: Big Data Lessons for Navigating the Skills Gap and Building a Competitive Workforce by Matt Ferguson, Lorin Hitt and Prasanna Tambe
  Choosing Change: How Leaders and Organizations Drive Results One Person at a Time by Walter McFarland and Susan Goldsworthy

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— Isaac Barrow (1630–1677)


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10.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr
  Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath
  Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
  The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen

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“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”
— Abraham Lincoln


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09.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity by Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny
  The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business by Duff McDonald
  Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
  Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change by Erica Ariel Fox
  Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

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“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
— A C Grayling


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08.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  Creative Followership: In the Shadow of Greatness by Jimmy Collins with Michael Cooley
  Breakthrough by David C.M. Carter
  The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success by Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack
  Stop Talking, Start Communicating: Counterintuitive Secrets to Success in Business and in Life by Geoffrey Tumlin
  Leadership Transformed: How Ordinary Managers Become Extraordinary Leaders by Peter Fuda

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— Joseph Brodsky


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07.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity by August Turak
  The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace by Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner
  Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value by Daniel Isenberg
  The Leadership Contract: The Fine Print to Becoming a Great Leader by Vince Molinaro
  Make Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of Constant Change by Randy Pennington

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06.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  How to Change Minds: The Art of Influence without Manipulation by Rob Jolles
  Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership by Bob Lutz
  The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die by Niall Ferguson
  The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunther McGrath
  Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by David Robertson and Bill Breen

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— Walter Savage Landor


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05.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character by Al Gini and Ronald M. Green
  What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan
  Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change That Sticks by Barbara Trautlein
  The Clarity Principle: How Great Leaders Make the Most Important Decision in Business (and What Happens When They Don't) by Chatham Sullivan
  The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think by Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed

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— Confucius


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04.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Fear Your Strengths: What You Are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem by Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser
  Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark
  The Leader's Code: Mission, Character, Service, and Getting the Job Done by Donovan Campbell
  The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema and Michael D Antonio
  Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential by John Mattone

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03.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results by Mark Sanborn
  Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity by Steven Snyder
  Create Distinction: What to Do When "Great" Isn't Good Enough to Grow Your Business by Scott McKain
  Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process by Andy Molinsky
  Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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02.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  Leadership Conversations: Challenging High Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz
  Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin
  American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA by Edward Whitacre with Leslie Cauley
  Where Winners Live: Sell More, Earn More, Achieve More Through Personal Accountability by Dave Porter and Linda Galindo
  Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift by Ram Charan

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01.01.13

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2013

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within by Achim Nowak
  Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In by Mark Goulston and John Ullmen
  Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value by Mark C. Thompson and Bonita S. Thompson
  Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High by Doug Sundheim
  Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship by Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler

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12.25.12

Best Leadership Books of 2012

Best Leadership Books of 2012

THE WAYS we have thought about leadership have not always served us well. We have tended to think of leadership as something outside and above the rest. If leadership isn’t among, it will let us down.

Hierarchies are still important, but they must allow for freedom to act, think, and experiment in a way that encourages individual growth.

Moving ahead we need more clarity. We need to look at what we do with fresh eyes. As Andy Grove said to Gordon Moore, after a year of aimless wandering, “If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what do you think he would do? … Why shouldn’t you and I walk out the door, come back, and do it ourselves?”

We need to step back and take another look. We have become mired in the organizational processes that are no longer relevant to the world we live in. It requires taking a fearless inventory of all that we do. And that takes courage.

Looking beyond the immediate result we seek or problem we are trying to solve or skirt, we need to continually ask, “What message are we sending?”

What is your approach to leadership?

How is that helping or hindering others?

How has your leadership style changed?

Are we sending the right message?

The list below represents my picks for the best leadership books of 2012. All of these books have helped us to look at the what and ask why?

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What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel

The Strategy Book by Max McKeown

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni

The End of Leadership by Barbara Kellerman

Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank J. Barrett

Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Turn the Ship Around! How to Create Leadership at Every Level by David Marquet

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen with James Allworth and Karen Dillon

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

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12.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  The Art of Deliberate Success: Transform Your Professional and Personal Life by David Keane
  Service-Ability: Create a Customer Centric Culture and Achieve Competitive Advantage by Kevin Robson
  To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink
  It's All About Who You Hire, How They Lead...and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader by Morton Mandel with John A. Byrne
  The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

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“When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.”
— Christopher Morley


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11.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Any Situation by John Baldoni
  The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
  The Warrior's Character: Leadership Wisdom From West Point's Cadet Prayer by Don Snider
  Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results by Judith W. Umlas

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“No two persons ever read the same book.”
— Edmund Wilson


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10.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell
  Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
  The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Jim McConoughey and Laurence G. Weinzimmer
  The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line by David Horsager
  Judgment on the Front Line: How Smart Companies Win by Trusting Their People by Noel M. Tichy and Christopher DeRose

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“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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09.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter by Gautam Mukunda
  Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient, and Effective Leader from the Inside Out by Andrew Bryant and Ana Lucia Kazan
  Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want by Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni
  Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance by Rodger Dean Duncan
  Nine Minutes on Monday: The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader by James Robbins

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08.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  The Pivot Point: Success in Organizational Change by Victoria M. Grady and James D. Grady
  Leapfrogging: Harness the Power of Surprise for Business Breakthroughs by Soren Kaplan
  Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire by Paul Smith
  Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank J. Barrett
  How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success By Magnifying Your Strengths by John Zenger, Joseph Folkman, Robert Sherwin Jr. and Barbara Steel

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— Groucho Marx


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07.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  There Is an I in Team: What Elite Athletes and Coaches Really Know About High Performance by Mark de Rond
  Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
  Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations by Robert Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek
  Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams by Joe Frontiera and Daniel Leidl
  The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

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06.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely
  How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things: Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses by Neil Smith with Patricia O'Connell
  Leadership Isn't For Cowards: How to Drive Performance by Challenging People and Confronting Problems by Mike Staver
  Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
  Influencing Up by Allan R Cohen and David L Bradford

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05.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance by David Gebler
  Flip the Script: How to Turn the Tables and Win in Business and Life by Bill Wackermann
  Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton by Lee Ellis
  Adaptability: The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty by Max McKeown
  It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell

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— Charlie Tremendous Jones


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04.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  The End of Leadership by Barbara Kellerman
  All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
  Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty by Dylan Evans
  The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs by Cynthia Montgomery
  Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers

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— Victor Hugo


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03.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick Lencioni
  Theodore Roosevelt, CEO: 7 Principles to Guide and Inspire Modern Leaders by Alan Axelrod
  American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
  Leading the High Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish by David Casullo
  The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner

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“Have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.”
— Oscar Levant


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02.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  Collaborate: The Art of We by Dan Sanker
  Good Idea. Now What? How to Move Ideas to Execution by Charles T. Lee
  The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More by Jason W. Womack
  Make Up Your Mind: A Decision Making Guide to Thinking Clearly and Choosing Wisely by Hal Mooz

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“Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
— Marcel Proust


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01.01.12

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2012

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel
  Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World by Stephen M.R. Covey and Greg Link with Rebecca R. Merrill
  The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership by Gayle D. Beebe
  Amplified Leadership: 5 Practices to Establish Influence, Build People, and Impact Others for a Lifetime by Dan Reiland
  Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak

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"He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes."
— Isaac Barrow

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12.25.11

Best Leadership Books of 2011

Best Leadership Books of 2011

WE HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do.

For the most part, it’s still business-as-usual within the same framework—control. It’s hard to give up fundamental beliefs even though they really aren’t working for us anymore. These books speak to our need to rethink our core thinking, beliefs and motivations—to do the uncomfortable.

We could all benefit from daily reflection. Reflecting on what we believe, who we are in relation to those we serve, and what it means to do what we do. It’s time to rediscover true leadership—to rethink our fundamental assumptions. Leadership matters now more than ever.

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Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization by Daniel Patrick Forrester

From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Kraemer

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You by Betsy Myers

Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor

Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others by Justin Menkes

What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan

From Bud to Boss: Transition to Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris

Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others by John A. Daly

Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself by John Baldoni

If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders by Doug Moran

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Biographies:

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz with Joanne Gordon

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Decision Points by George W. Bush

My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way by Frances Hesselbein

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12.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  360 Degrees of Influence: Get Everyone to Follow Your Lead on Your Way to the Top by Harrison Monarth
  Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel
  World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It by John A. Byrne
  Screw Business As Usual by Richard Branson
  Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life by James Marshall Reilly

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11.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Lead with Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself by John Baldoni
  Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz
  People Follow You: The Real Secret to What Matters Most in Leadership by Jeb Blount
  Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying) by David A Owens
  The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love by Steve Farber

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Jacqueline Kennedy on JFK: "He’d read walking, he’d read at the table, at meals, he’d read after dinner, he’d read in the bathtub, he’d read—prop open a book on his desk—on his bureau—while he was doing his tie. You know, he’d just read a little, he’d open some book I’d be reading, you know, just devour it. He’d really read all the times you don’t think you have time to read."


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10.06.11

Stimulus Package 4 - Free Book: Up, Down, or Sideways

StimulusPackageHere’s a stimulus package to get you thinking. It’s a package designed to serve as a catalyst to help you to find ways to make things work and get things done. While you might think of it as a piece of good fortune, don’t think of it as a bailout. You’ve still got to do the inside work.

In partnership with Mark Sanborn, we are giving away three autographed copies of Up, Down, or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad, or In Between. Up, Down, or Sideways answers the question: What should we consistently do to ensure present and future success?

Up Down Sideways
For a chance to receive a free copy, you must do two things. First, leave a comment by midnight, Monday, October 10th, on this post about what methods and mindsets you have practiced when times were Up or Sideways that are paying dividends now that times are Down or what interests you about this book. Secondly, Tweet a link to this post or if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use Facebook.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 we will randomly select three recipients to receive a free copy. We will contact you by e-mail for your address.

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10.02.11

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  Up, Down, or Sideways: What You Must Always Do to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, or in Between by Mark Sanborn
  The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C, Maxwell
  Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen
  Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Talents and Passions Working for You by Gina A Rudan
  Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It by Adrian Slywotzky with Karl Weber

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09.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development by Bill George and Doug Baker
  The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment by Mike Thompson
  StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution by Marcus Buckingham
  Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
  Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields

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  NEW EDITION: How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything by Dov L. Seidman
  NEW EDITION: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High - Second Edition by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

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08.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others by John A. Daly
  Elephant in the Room: How Relationships Make or Break the Success of Leaders and Organizations by Diana McLain Smith
  The Innovator's Manifesto: Deliberate Disruption for Transformational Growth by Michael Raynor
  The Success Gurus: 17 Lessons in Greatness from the Best Minds in Business by Andrew Clancy
  Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson

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“The first law of skillful reading is merely an application of the Law of Relative Importance. You must perceive, first of all, the total offerings of the printed matter; then you must appraise these.”
— Walter Pitkin, The Art of Rapid Reading

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07.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry
  I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards
  Growth or Bust: Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business by Mark Faust
  Elements of Influence: The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead by Terry R. Bacon
  Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt

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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
— W. Fusselman

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06.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition by Michael Feuer with Dustin Klein
  If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders by Doug Moran
  Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business by Bob Lutz
  Power Genes: Understanding Your Power Persona--and How to Wield It at Work by Maggie Craddock
  The Professional: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work by Subroto Bagchi

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“We read to know we are not alone.”
—C.S. Lewis

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05.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in May.

  What Makes Business Rock: Building the World's Largest Global Networks by Bill Roedy with David Fisher
  Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others by Justin Menkes
  Leadership is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It by Jeremie Kubicek
  TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas R Conant and Mette Norgaard
  The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring Out the Leader in Every Employee byScott J. Allen and Mitchell Kusy

Bill Roedy Better Under Pressure Leadership is Dead TouchPoints Little Book of Leadership Development

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“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”
—A C Grayling, Financial Times

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04.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for April 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.

  Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler
  The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed by Adam Bryant
  From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Kraemer
  Idea Man: A Memoir by Paul Allen
  Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love by Paul G. Stoltz and James Reed

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03.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for March 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.

  Poke the Box by Seth Godin
  Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber
  Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas by Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne
  Ten Steps Ahead: What Separates Successful Business Visionaries from the Rest of Us by Erik Calonius
  Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer by Duncan Watts

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The Reagan leadership classic, Reagan on Leadership by James Strock, is once again available in a revised and updated edition. Tom Peters, the legendary leadership authority, has penned an insightful, delightful, highly personal foreword, putting Reagan's historical standing into context. As Mr. Peters points out, the Reagan leadership approach holds down-to-earth, actionable lessons for anyone in their work and life. Reagan on Leadership also includes a new readers' note. Strock surveys recent scholarship and histories of Mr. Reagan's career. Newly released information confirms much of what was already apparent to those who would look; what is evolving is our understanding and appreciation of his leadership legacy. Also available on Amazon.

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“My early and invincible love of reading, I would not exchange for the treasures of India.”
—Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of My Life and Writings

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02.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for February 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February.

  As One by Marhdad Baghai and James Quigley
  Split-Second Persuasion: The Ancient Art and New Science of Changing Minds by Kevin Dutton
  My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way by Frances Hesselbein
  Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership by John Hamm
  From Bud to Boss: Transition to Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris

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NEW EDITIONS:   Rubies in the Orchard: The POM Queen's Secrets to Marketing Just About Anything by Lynda Resnick and Francis Wilkinson is now in paperback. The excellent Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst "Best" Practices of Business Today by Susan Scott is also available in paperback. Read the Leading Blog review.

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"“When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.”
—Cliff Fadiman

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01.01.11

First Look: Leadership Books for January 2011

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January.

  Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor
  The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters by Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin
  Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
  Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill and Kent L. Lineback
  Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy by Daniel Altman

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"The first thing naturally when one enters a scholar's study or library, is to look at his books. One gets the notion very speedily of his tastes and the range of his pursuits by a glance round his book-shelves."
—Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), The Poet at the Breakfast Table. VIII.

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12.25.10

Best Leadership Books of 2010

Best Leadership Books of 2010

A crisis exposes character or the lack of it. Our reaction is important. Our recent history requires a response; a correction; a change in the status quo.

If we are thinking more-of-the-same or merely upping our game then we are destined to fail again. On the other hand if we are looking to change our games or approach, then we have a way forward.

The way forward will mean reviewing a lot of overly familiar ideas like, “self-awareness is critical to a good leader” because those are the things we forgot or were maybe never taught. While books about these ideas can seem boring they can, if we let them, take us to a higher level. But they require introspection and often more attention than we may think we have time for. But what is the alternative?

As reading goes, the books listed here may not be as exciting as how-can-I-leverage-other-people’s-money nor are they going to be paradigm-shifting as in why-hasn’t-somebody-thought-of-this-before. However, while many of the ideas are not new, they can be life-changing.

Some of the books listed below help to reacquaint us with ideas that we might have consciously or unconsciously decided that we would get back to when we had the time. Others help us to better understand the connected world we live in. One helps to explain the artistry of leadership. Some, while exploring the lives of others, help to provide a context for all of it.

The big lesson for all of us: nothing—leadership, capitalism, society—can be sustained forever in a culture of get—with a mindset of always more. But that’s a tough lesson to act on. When faced with the daily business of life, the ideas of give and service seem so vapid—intangible—naive.

Give. Easy to say. Much harder to live.

You Already Know How to Be Great by Alan Fine

Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership by Paul R. Lawrence

Serve to Lead: Your Transformational 21st Century Leadership System by James M Strock

Leading Outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the Informal Organization, Energize Your Team, and Get Better Results by Jon R. Katzenbach and Zia Khan

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison

The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Achieving Inner Excellence by Richard L. Daft

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence by Tom Peters

Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face—and What to Do About It by Richard S. Tedlow

The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win by David Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker

Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life by Hilary Austen

The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers by Stan Slap



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Biographies:

Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership by Warren Bennis with Patricia Ward Biederman

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

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12.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December.

  Shockproof: How to Hardwire Your Business for Lasting Success by Debra Jacobs, Garrett Sheridan and Juan Pablo González
  Leadership Rules: How to Become the Leader You Want to Be by Chris Widener
  Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson
  Faster Cheaper Better: The 9 Levers for Transforming How Work Gets Done by Michael Hammer and Lisa Hershman
  The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness by Deepak Chopra

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"If you want people to read a book, tell them it is overrated."
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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11.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for November 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.

  Decision Points by George W. Bush
  The Talent MastersWhy Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty and Ram Charan
  Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation by Andrew Benett, Ann O'Reilly, Cavas Gobhai and Greg Welch
  Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution by Robert Simons
  Montgomery: Lessons in Leadership from the Soldier's General by Trevor Royle

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10.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for October 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.

  Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead
  It's a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring by Steven Schussler
  The Laws of Charisma: How to Captivate, Inspire, and Influence for Maximum Success by Kurt W. Mortensen
  The Intangibles of Leadership: The 10 Qualities of Superior Executive Performance by Richard Davis
  The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century by Stephen Denning

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NEW EDITIONS:   Scott Eblin's The Next Level is now available in a second edition and contains a lot of new content such as new executive interviews, Coachable Moments, Data Points, an expanded Situations Solutions Guide and more to equip new and existing executive leaders.

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09.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.

  Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best ... And Learn from the Worst by Robert I. Sutton
  Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don't by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  Management? It's Not What You Think! by Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel
  Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results by Cy Wakeman
  Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth by Rebel Brown

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"An ordinary man can … surround himself with two thousand books … and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy."
—Augustine Birrell (1850-1933)


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08.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.

  The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Achieving Inner Excellence by Richard L. Daft
  Driven to Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership by Paul R. Lawrence
  The Truth About Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best by Laura Stack
  Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership by Warren Bennis with Patricia Ward Biederman

Executive and the Elephant Driven to Lead Truth about Leadership SuperCompetent Bennis

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07.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.

  Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization by Diana Whitney, Kae Rader and Amanda Troston-Bloom
  The Learning Layer: Building the Next Level of Intellect in Your Organization by Steven D. Flinn
  Driven: A How-to Strategy for Unlocking Your Greatest Potential by Razi Imam
  All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership by Joe Tye
  The Intangibles of Leadership: The 10 Qualities of Superior Executive Performance by Richard Davis

Appreciative Leadership Learning Layer Driven All Hands on Deck Intangibles of Leadership

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06.14.10

Stimulus Package 3 - Free Book: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

StimulusPackageHere’s a stimulus package to get you thinking. It’s a package designed to serve as a catalyst to help you to find ways to make things work and get things done. While you might think of it as a piece of good fortune, don’t think of it as a bailout. You’ve still got to do the inside work.

In partnership with Thomas Nelson Publishers, we are giving away five copies of Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect asks are you just talking or are you connecting. Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them. To be successful, Maxwell says, you must work with others. To do that at your absolute best, you must learn to connect.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
For a chance to receive a free copy, leave a comment by midnight, Sunday, June 20th, on this post about how you approach the need to connect. How has your ability to connect or not connect affected your ability to influence those around you either at work or in your personal life?

On Monday, June 21, 2010 we will randomly select five recipients to receive a free copy.

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06.01.10

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2010

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June.

  Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day by Geoff Loftus
  Work Your Strengths: A Scientific Process to Identify Your Skills and Match Them to the Best Career for You by Chuck Martin with Richard Guare and Peg Dawson
  The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win by David Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich
  Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
  Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Elizabeth Wiseman with Greg Mckeown

Lead Like Ike Work Your Strengths Why of Work Delivering Happiness Multipliers

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