Leaders are Readers

February 16, 2018

President Harry S. Truman once said “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” In no arena is this more critical than in today’s business world. The search for understanding and knowledge is an important trait of a great leader. To better prepare for this year and beyond, it is best to get into the habit of reading great books that will enhance your business acumen. Here are some wonderful books that we suggest you add to your 2018 reading list.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (2018) by Daniel Coyle

Throughout his latest book, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle uses case studies of some of America’s best know organizations to explore the culture-building process. In the end, he identifies key skills that lead to cohesion and cooperation within groups and explains how diverse groups can learn to function with a single mind. Coyle sees group culture not as something you are, but rather something you build.

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less Work, Work Better, and Achieve More(2018) by Morten Hansen

In this book, Morten Hansen strives to answer the question “[w]hy do some people perform better at work than others?” After collecting data from over 5,000 managers and employees, Hansen has discovered seven core principles that can lead to better time management and performance skills.

The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win(2018) by Jeff Haden

At its core, this book is about goal setting. Jeff Haden demystifies the ideas of accomplishment and motivation and instead focuses on the process of motivation. Entrepreneurs, company executives, and managers will find this an inspirational read.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth(2017) by Renée Mauborgne and Robert D. Austin

New York Times best selling authors are back with a follow-up to their 2005 classic Blue Ocean Strategy. Based on a decade of research, the stories told within these pages provide examples of how business leaders in a variety of different industries create growth and opportunities.

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist(2017) by Kate Raworth

According to author Kate Raworth, "economics is the mother tongue of public policy." As such, public policy guides a leader’s decision-making when it pertains to issues such as climate change and social justice. She offers solutions through seven specific strategies that can shift the way a business leader views economics and approaches daily decisions.

Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy (2017) by Jonathan Taplin

Like many people, you may be fascinated by the way companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook have dominated the marketplace and shifted corporate culture. In this book Jonathan Taplin, the Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, explores how the entrepreneurs of the 1990s used the Internet to transform the way industries run and global culture operates.

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone (2017) by Brian Merchant

With over 1.2 billon iPhones sold in the first ten years of production, there is no denying the impact that Apple’s invention has had on the global economy. Whether you are an iPhone devotee or a tech enthusiast, you will want to pick up Brian Merchant’s book in which he details the behind-the-scenes development of the iPhone. You may be surprised to learn how problems were overcome to find solutions that have changed the world as we know it.

Principles: Life and Work (2017) by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio begins his book by saying that “[t]he most important thing I learned is an approach to life based on principles . . . I’m passing along these principles because I am now at the stage in my life in which I want to help others be successful.” Thus begins and extraordinary book in which Dalio offers advice, based on over four decades of experience, on how leaders can use analytics and machine learning to grow their organizations.

Happy Reading!

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