Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/16/16

Jun 16, 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 three summer reading lists. One suggests a hundred books from many genres. A major bank put the second list together for its rick clients. The third list includes the recommendations of some of DDI’s bloggers. I’ve also added a link to some recommendations I published earlier in the year.

From Jim Higgins: 100 books for your summer reading list

“Today we offer 100 suggestions of new and newish books for pleasure reading this summer, including mysteries, histories and stories with a Wisconsin slant. Our suggestions include books for children and teens, too. The simplest way to encourage your children to read more is to read more yourself, and enjoy doing so.”

From Leah McGrath Goodman: Here’s what JP Morgan thinks its rich clients should read this summer

“The private bank, a division of J.P. Morgan’s $2.4 trillion asset-management franchise, released the list to clients on Thursday. On it? A selection of 10 books from the past year specifically chosen for the bank’s ultra-wealthy clients. Ridgeway, one of 14 people on the bank’s book-review committee, says the panel started out with 468 nonfiction books published over the past 12 months and winnowed it down to the final 10. The big themes for 2016: Disruption, creativity, innovation and individuality.”

From Matt Collins: 10 Leadership Books for Your Summer Reading List

“While I can’t put more hours into your day, I’ve enlisted the help of DDI’s ‘personal trainers’ to weed through the options for you. Here’s what our resident brainiacs recommend reading to whip your brain into shape this summer:”

Earlier this year I asked a bunch of people to share the name of the best book they read in 2015. I received more than fifty recommendations. There are novels and mysteries and history and sociology and theology and science fiction. Here’s a really interesting fact about the list. Only four books were mentioned more than once. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, and Laszlo Bock’s Work Rules were mentioned twice each.

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.