Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/25/18

Jan 25, 2018 | 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 Leadership Mind Switch, Powerful, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, and Athletic CEOs: Leadership in Turbulent Times.

From Skip Prichard: Flip the Leadership Mind Switch and Rethink How You Lead

“The Leadership Mind Switch is a new book by authors Debra Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford that helps leaders position themselves for the future in the midst of these changes. To keep up and succeed, you want to understand how to navigate to drive growth well into the future.”

From Michael McKinney: 8 Principles for Building a High-Performance Culture

“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.”

From Mark Gimein: The Troublemakers Who Made Silicon Valley

“In her new book, Leslie Berlin offers a group portrait of the unsung heroes who forged iconic companies — and a new industry — in the 1970s.”

From Wharton: Are Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon Unstoppable?

“Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have created products and services enjoyed by billions of people. But their size and reach into our daily lives also is cause for concern. Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University, shines a spotlight on the dangers of letting Big Tech invade our personal lives without a second thought in his book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.”

From Stanislav Shekshnia, Veronika Zagieva, and Alexey Ulanovsky: Five Practices of the Most Change-Ready Leaders

“Our book Athletic CEOs: Leadership in Turbulent Times describes effective leaders from emerging markets. In our previous INSEAD Knowledge blog, we discussed the mindset of athletic leaders, specifically their improbable combination of mental toughness and adaptability. Now let’s look at what they do.”

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.