Book recommendations for business leaders: 3/24/16

Mar 24, 2016 | 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 David Burkus’ reading list on the future of work and a great book by Andy Grove.

From Box of Crayons: David Burkus’ 5 Essential Books for the Future of Work

“Did you catch my podcast with David Burkus yesterday? He’s the author of the new book Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual, it’s a provocative work that challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management — and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work. When he’s not writing, David is an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University as well as the man behind the Radio Free Leader podcast. And, today, I’m thrilled to have him as my guest blogger, sharing his favourite books on the future of work.”

From Jena McGregor: How a business book from the ’80s became a cult classic in Silicon Valley

“Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has said it’s his primary reference book on management techniques. Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is said to have recommended it to employees. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly a huge fan.”

Wally’s Comment: I was saving this article for a post on great business books that have been “plowed under” and are unknown to the newest generation of business people. But when Andy Grove died this week I thought about his legacy. He truly shaped his company and his industry, but his greatest legacy just could be this book: High Output Management. 

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.