First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham
The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites. This amazing book explains why.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
Now in trade paperback, the hip, iconoclastic CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results – by actually creating a company culture that values happiness – and then delivers on it.
Henderson Libraries' Business Book Club Recommended Reading List.
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Books read between August 2009-January 2015
- “Get Them to Come to You” by Scott Ginsberg (Read: 08/09)
- “E-Myth: Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber (1995) (Read: 9/09)
- “Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success” by Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Freiberg (1998) (Read: 10/09)
- “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell (2002) (Read: 11/09)
- “Idea Spotting” by Sam Harrison (2006) (Read:1/10)
- "Linchpin" by Seth Godin (2010) (Read: 2/10)
- “Buyology: Truths and Lies About Why We Buy” by Martin Lindstrom and Paco Underhill (2008) (Read: 3/10)
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2009)(Read: 4/10)
- “Free!” by Chris Anderson (2009)(Read: 5/10)
- “Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money” by Robert Kiyosaki (2009) (Read:6/10)
- “Broken Windows, Broken Business” by Michael Levine (Read: 7/10)
- “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh (Read: 8/10)
- “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer (2010) (Read: 9/10)
- “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill (2010) (Read: 10/10)
- “In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That “Breaks All the Rules” by Stacy Perman (2009) (Read: 11/10)
- “Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation and Build Trust” by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (2010) (Read: 12/10)
- “The Xs and Os of Success: A Playbook for Leaders in Business and in Life” by Lon Kruger and D.J. Allen (2009 (Read: 1/11)
- “Never Bet the Farm” by Anthony L. Iaquinto and Stephen Spinell, Jr. (Read: 2/11)
- "Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior" by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman (Read: 3/11)
- “Who Do You See in the Mirror? Change irresponsible behavior in the workplace to responsible behavior” by Joseph A. Williams Ph.D (Read: 4/11)
- “The Dip” by Seth Godin (Read: 5/11)
- “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink (Read: 6/11)
- “Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies” by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff (Read: 7/11)
- “Business from the Heart” by Craig Galati (Read: 8/11)
- “Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald’s” by Ray Kroc (Read: 9/11)
- “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell (Read: 10/11)
- “Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators” by Clay Shirky (Read: 11/11-12/11)
- “SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
- "Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths" by Alexandra Levit
- “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis (Read: Oct. 2012)
- “The Google Story” , by David A. Vise and Mark Malseen (Read: Dec. 2012)
- “How will you Measure your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen (Read: Feb. 2013)
- “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Timothy Ferriss (Read: April 2013)
- “Great by Choice” by Jim Collins (Read: June 2013)
- "The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel" by Brendon Burchard (Read: August 2013)
- "Your Company Sucks: It's Time to Declare War on Yourself" by Mark Stevens (Read: October 2013)
- “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle (Read: December 2013)
- “The Prosperity Track,” by local author (and business book club member) James R. Peters, CFA, CFP (Read: February 2014)
- “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles (Read: April 2014)
- “Made to Stick” by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (Read: June 2014)
- “First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently,” by Marcus Buckingham and Curtis Coffman (READ: July 2014)
- “How the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins (READ: October 2014)
- “Built to Sell: Creating a Business that Can Thrive Without You” by John Warrillow (READ: January 2015)