Book recommendations for business leaders: 2/2/17

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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 Payoff by Dan Ariely, The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command by Edwin Coddington, and The Revenge of Analog by David Sax.

From Bob Morris: Payoff

“He develops several of his key insights in his latest book as he examines ‘the hidden logic that shapes our motivations.’ The material in the book is based on Ariely’s October 2012 TED Talk, ‘What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?’ He reiterates one of the most important lessons he has learned: ‘To motivate ourselves and others successfully, we need to provide a sense of connection and meaning – remembering that meaning is not always synonymous with personal happiness.’”

From Michael Wade: Management in the American Civil War

“Edwin B. Coddington’s The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command can be read as history but it can also be devoured as an intriguing view of how the leadership of both sides related to the North’s ultimate victory.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Revenge of Analog

“Sometimes you read a book and it clarifies your thinking. Sometimes you read a book and it surprises you in provocative ways. Sometimes you read a book and it changes the way you see the world around you. And once in awhile, one book does all three of those things.”

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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