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, 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