Favorite Books

With my life experiences, I’m a believer in the statement “leaders are readers”. I am driven by a strong desire to consume content and continuously learn. There are many ways to do this, but the one that I enjoy the most is through books. As a part of my morning routine, reading is a significant part of my motivation to begin the day. Additionally, while on long runs I can typically be seen listening to a story. Here’s a current list of my favorites sorted by genre.

Business / Productivity

  • Winning, Jack Welch (Blueprint of how GE operates)
  • How Google Works, Eric Schmidt (Blueprint of how Google operates)
  • Good to Great, James Collins (Examples of how successful companies take their products/services it to the next level)
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey (Personal productivity common sense reminders)
  • Jack: Straight from the Gut, Jack Welch (Candid biography about Jack)
  • The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker (Personal productivity – Drucker coined the word Knowledge Worker)
  • The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge (Systems thinking strategies – can’t see the “forest for the trees”)
  • The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch (Great collection of things to add to your bucket list and live life by from a dying man)
  • The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch (Techniques to do more with less)
  • The 5 Temptations of a CEO, Peter Lencioni (Fictional story about pitfalls to look out for when being a big time leader)
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
  • The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas Stanley (Traits of the current day millionaire, not what you’d expect)
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (How to apply context to your life, get out of your head and get things done)
  • The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: The Four Disciplines at the Heart of Making Any Organization World Class
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
  • The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning

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