Book recommendations for business leaders: 12/5/19

Dec 5, 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 The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise, Designing Experiences, Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business, and What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. There’s also a pointer to Michael McKinney’s first look at business books coming out in December 2019.

From Bob Morris: The Culture Map

“As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of the challenges that the great explorers throughout history faced. Somehow they and their associates broke through what must have been for them invisible boundaries. Today, all manner of companies are struggling to navigate their way through different cultures, overcoming boundaries that had been previously invisible.”

From Michael McKinney: 4 Simple Habits for Turning Down the Noise

“WE ARE ALL DISTRACTED, and we are faced with more and more reasons to be distracted. And while some distractions seem to be adding to our life, they are actually undermining our growth. Distractions take us away from what we should be doing and kills our momentum. But the problem with distractions goes deeper than that. It’s an emotional issue. Clay Scroggins deals with the root problem and the impact it has on our leadership in How to Lead in a World of Distraction and offers some solid advice.”

From Theodore Kinni: How to build a great experience

“A new book by two professors provides a tool kit for designers of customer, user, and employee experiences.”

From Brittany Galla: Girls Who Run the World Book – Diana Kapp Shares the Women CEOs Who Inspire Her

“Inspired after listening to Sarah Blakely tell her success story of Spanx on the How I Built This podcast, Kapp set out to interview 31 women CEOs whose stories define grit, determination and hard work, and feature them in her new book, Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From the London Business School: The pursuit of excellence the making of Blackstones

“The billionaire founder of the world’s largest private equity firm on what it takes to be successful in business.”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for December 2019

“Here’s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December 2019.”

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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