Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/19/17

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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 Shoe Dog, How to Steal Like an Artist, and Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future.

From Michael McKinney: Shoe Dog: How to Succeed in Business with a Little Luck

“PHIL KNIGHT’S memoir about creating Nike, Shoe Dog, covers the time from his ‘Crazy Idea’ to going public in 1980. It is a down-to-earth account of the sacrifices and struggles, failures and successes of what it takes to succeed in business. Any would-be entrepreneur would do well to read it before venturing out on their own.”

Wally’s Comment: I also thought this was a great book. Click here to see my review.

From Kevin Eikenberry: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“The subtitle of this short book filled with images, handwritten notes and more is: 10 things nobody taught you about being creative. Just looking at the book will make you smile and will likely make you feel a bit more creative. But if you will read it, and take action on some of the ideas, the promise of the subtitle will come true.”

From Shane Parrish: Principles for an Age of Acceleration

“MIT Media Lab is a creative nerve center where great ideas like One Laptop per Child, LEGO Mindstorms, and Scratch programming language have emerged. Its director, Joi Ito, has done a lot of thinking about how prevailing systems of thought will not be the ones to see us through the coming decades. In his book Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future, he notes that sometime late in the last century, technology began to outpace our ability to understand it.”

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 Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.

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