Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/18/17

May 18, 2017 | 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 reading lists from Ron Friedman, eleven influential people, and Admiral Jim Stavridis.

From Michael Bungay Stanier: Ron Friedman’s Five Essential Books for Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

“In his book The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, Ron Friedman uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioural economics, neuroscience and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. So I am thrilled that he is my guest blogger today, sharing his essential books for creating an extraordinary workplace.”

From Chris Weller: 11 books the world’s most influential people think you should read

“Earlier this year, Facebook asked 62 such people — from Arianna Huffington to Richard Branson to Newt Gingrich — for the books they’d recommend. More than 230 titles came Facebook’s way. After some careful tallying, the social-media site narrowed down the most recommended books to a list of just 11 titles.”

From Christopher Nelson: Read Any Good Books Lately? Adm. Jim Stavridis (ret.) Has Some Suggestions

“Now Stavridis is out of uniform, but ever the voracious reader and advocate for self-improvement, he has co-authored a book titled The Leader’s Bookshelf, for which he interviewed 200 general officers and flag officers about their reading habits and their favorite books. And from those interviews he and his co-author, R. Manning Ancell, came up with a list of 50 books that provide lessons for leaders today. I had the chance to chat with Admiral Stavridis about what he is reading, the health of our military reading culture, and all things bibliomania.”

Thanks to Michael Wade for pointing me to his post.

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog and  Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog.

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