Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/17/19

Oct 17, 2019 | Reading Lists

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to reviews of Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction, Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive, Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity, Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything, and The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon. Plus, a list of favorite books by successful entrepreneurs.

From Bob Morris: Digital Transformation

“Creative disruption and natural selection in the 21st century”

From Wharton: Want to Become a Dynamic Learner? Here’s How to Do It

“The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that no man can step into the same river twice, because it’s not the same river and he isn’t the same man. It was his way of expressing the reality that change is the only constant in the universe. Between globalization and fast-evolving technology, that truism is as relevant today as it was in Heraclitus’s times. Continuous education and self-improvement are imperative to keep up with work and life in a rapidly changing world.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity Every Day

“Like me, Maura doesn’t believe in time management – she calls it a myth. Rather, she believes the key to unlocking higher levels of productivity and success is attention management, hence the title of her latest book.”

From Michael McKinney: 7 Steps to Bulletproof Problem Solving

“Like leaders themselves, good problem solvers are made, not born. Yet these skills are rarely taught. That’s where Bulletproof Problem Solving comes in. McKinsey alums Charles Conn and Rob McLean teach us how to be bulletproof problem solvers using a simple 7-steps approach.”

From Skip Prichard: 14 Principles that Made Amazon

“Steve Anderson spent his career in the insurance industry focused on risk and business growth. He is a leading authority on insurance, risk management, technology, and innovation. His new book, co-authored with Karen Anderson is a fascinating look at Amazon’s record growth. The Bezos Letters takes you through Jeff Bezos’ shareholder letters and distills them into growth principles you can apply in your company.”

From Alison Coleman: Leaders Are Readers: The Books That Inspired Six Entrepreneurs To Succeed

“Starting a business can be a lonely experience and when things aren’t going to plan entrepreneurs often turn to their bookshelf for inspiration. Most have a favorite book that has helped them overcome a specific challenge and these six business owners share the titles that set their startups on course for success.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.

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