Book recommendations for business leaders: 8/15/19

Aug 15, 2019 | 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 Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models, and Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything. Plus reading lists from Christina DesMarais, Eric Bremer, and Marcella Bremer.

From Michael McKinney: 10 Guiding Principles That Will Lead You to Future Happiness and Success

“I wrote the book Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, to help center readers on guardrails for living and leading at your best. When you step outside of these boundaries, your professional and personal life are likely to suffer, holding you back on both fronts. Read, reflect, and recommit to these Always and Nevers, and realize the kind of future you’ve been planning for.”

From Bob Morris: Super Thinking

“I agree with Weinberg and McCann that those who are determined to use the right tool or tools for a situation need a whole tool box full of super models.”

From Skip Prichard: 7 Steps to Problem Solving

“Complex problem solving is the core skill for 21st century teams. It’s the only way to keep up with rapid change. Winning organizations now rely on nimble, iterative problem solving, rather than the traditional planning processes. I had the opportunity to speak with Charles Conn and Robert McLean, two McKinsey alums who share a seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving that will work in any field or industry. Their new book is BULLETPROOF PROBLEM SOLVING: The One Skill That Changes Everything.”

From Christina DesMarais: 24 Books for Getting Ahead in Life

“If pushing yourself to the next level is a fundamental part of your mindset, you have to be a reader. Reading (or listening to) books full of wisdom is a daily habit for high achievers. Here are two dozen titles worth checking out.”

From Eric Barker: These are the top 5 books you must read to be successful

“I post about a lot of books. Most people don’t have the time to read them all, so here are a few of my must-reads.”

From Marcella Bremer: Recharging and Reading Over the Summer

“If you have some time to spare over the summer (or the winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere), how do you recharge? Reading is a great way to both relax and recharge: great novels help you escape from the daily grind while non-fiction helps you learn new ideas and return to work inspired. I asked my network, clients, and blog readers for reading recommendations. Pick out one book and spend some time recharging.”

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.

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