Recommended Reading

Book List

Looking for a business book worthy of your time?  Here are several titles we at Carlson Group have come to appreciate.  We'd welcome your input as well.  Email us your recommendation at info@carlsongroup.com, and feel free to comment on what makes the book valuable.     

 

Current Titles

  • Presence:  Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy (2015)
  • Succession:  Mastering the Make or Break Process of Leadership Transition, Noel Tichy (2014)
  • Lead with Humility:  12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis, Jeffrey A. Krames (2014)
  • Leadership and the Art of Struggle:  How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity, Steven Snyder (2013)
  • Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg (2013)
  • Beyond the Obvious:  Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation, Phil McKinney (2012)
  • The Rare Find:  Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else, George Anders (2011)
  • Reputation Rules:  Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset, Daniel Diermeier (2011)
  • Change the Culture, Change the Game:  The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results, Roger Connors and Tom Smith (2011)
  • Hard Goals:  The Secret to Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Mark Murphy (2010)
  • Denial:  Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts In the Face and What To Do About It, Richard Tedlow (2010)
  • The Unwritten Rules:  The 6 Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level, John Beeson (2010)
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John C. Maxwell (2010)
  • You Already Know How To Be Great-A Simple Way to Remove Interference and Unlock Your Greatest Potential, Alan Fine (2010)
  • Your Next Move:  The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions, Michael D. Watkins (2009)
  • Drive:  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink (2009)
  • The Right Leader:  Selecting Executives Who Fit, Nat Stoddard with Claire Wyckoff (2009)
  • Failure to Communicate-How Conversations Go Wrong and What You Can Do To Right Them, Holly Weeks (2008)
  • Deciding Who Leads:  How Executive Recruiters Drive, Direct & Disrupt the Global Search for Leadership Talent, Joseph Daniel McCool (2008)
  • Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? What It Takes to Be an Authentic Leader, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones (2006)


Classic Titles

  • Good to Great:  Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't, Jim Collins
  • In Search of Excellence:  Lessons from America's Best Run Companies, Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.
  • Built To Last:  Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  • The E Myth Re-Visited-Why Small Businesses Don't Work and What To Do About It, Michael Gerber
  • First Break All the Rules-What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:  Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey
  • Crucial Conversations:  Tools for Talking When Stakes Are HighSecond Edition, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  • The Leadership Challenge:  How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Jim M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • Emotional Intelligence:  Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman
  • The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Practice of Management, Peter F. Drucker
  • The One-Minute Manager, Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  • Authentic Leadership-Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, William George
  • You're in Charge-Now What?:  The 8-Point Plan, Thomas J. Neff and James M. Citrin
  • The Effective Executive:  The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, Peter Drucker
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell
  • Managing at the Speed of Change, Daryl Conner
  • The Leadership Advantage:  How the Best Companies Are Developing Their Talent to Pave the Way for Future Success, Robert M. Fullmer and Jared L. Bleak
  • Great People Decisions:  Why They Matter So Much, Why They Are So Hard, and How You Can Master Them, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz
  • The New American Workplace, James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III
  • Life 2.0:  How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness, Rich Karlgaard

  • On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis