Recommended Books

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A fan of Patrick Lencioni, here is a list of must reads. They cover leadership, team building and organizational health:

The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni

“This book provides extraordinary insight into the pitfalls that leaders face when they lose sight of the true measure of success – results. This model is required reading for my staff.” Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Novell Corporation

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

“Compelling and incisive, this will become the definitive guide on how to build and manage successful teams.” Jean Kovacs, president and CEO, Comergent Technologies

Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni

“This is a wonderful book – a compelling story with a significant message for executives. The lessons here are substantial, and the style of writing is succinct, thorough, and very entertaining.” David S. Pottruck, president and CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation

Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni

“This is a page-turner that unravels the mystery of job satisfaction for any manager. Whether you manage six or sixty thousand people, it is essential reading.” Trevor Fetter, president and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corporation

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

“Here is the next business classic. Even the best leaders will read and wonder, ‘Why aren’t we already doing this?’” Enrique Salem, president and CEO, Symantec

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
“I’ve used this model with my executive team, and it flat out works!” Steve Smith, CEO Equinix, Inc



Ownership Thinking by Brad Hams

“Hams is masterful at outlining the engagement practices that inspire people to care and to be deeply vested in business results.” Jim Haudan, CEO, Root Learning; author, The Art of Engagement

Repeatability – Build Enduring Business for a World of Constant Change by Chris Zook and James Allen

“Repeatability is a terrific guide to adapting your business for success in uncertain times.”  – Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express

Scaling Up Excellence – Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao

“Scaling Up Excellence is one of the finest business books you’ll ever read. It is rich with vivid examples, deep research, and practical advice on the toughest challenge organizations confront: how to spread success from a few small pockets of an organization to its entire fabric.” – Daniel Pink

The Great Reset by Richard Florida

“Provocative and intelligent . . . . Well worth reading as a starting point for the future that’s coming our way whether we’re ready or not.” Miami Herald

Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia

“I have long believed that companies have a responsibility to balance profitability with social conscience, yet few leaders have an inherent understanding of just how to do it. In Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey and Raj Sisodia provide a timely, realistic framework so companies can better serve a variety of stakeholder. I highly recommend listening to what they have to say.” Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO, Starbucks

Navigating the Badlands – Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation by Mary O’Hara-Devereaux

“This book will change the way you think about the future. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux’s insights are both sobering and empowering: a must-read for citizens of the twenty-first century” Annalee Saxenian, dean, School of Information and Management Systems, University of California, Berkeley

Good Company by Laurie Bassi, Ed Frauenheim and Dan McMurrer

“Good Company sounds an urgent warning: the old ways of treating customers, employees, and communities are no longer good enough. Companies that deliver happiness to all their stakeholders are the ones that will ultimately thrive.” Tony Shieh, CEO,, Inc.




Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Start with Why is one of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead.” William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes

Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith

“This is a landmark book that ought to be read and applied in every organization in need of change . . . . These principles have moved our company forward, energized our organization, and aligned leadership at every level around achieving our key results.” Doug Brooks, chairman of the board, CEO and president, Brinker International

Five Frogs on a Log by Mark Feldman and Michael Spratt

“People and organizations are not wired for change. But it is absolutely the constant we face- particularly when firms merge. This book will help top management re-wire their organizations as they must to create value from change.” Patricia Dunn, Chairman, Barclays Global Investors

The Heart of Change by John Kotter

“I hate business books. I usually cannot make it past the first twenty pages. I read to the end of The Heart of Change with great pleasure. It’s the ultimate study of effective change management and leadership.” Jean-Rene Gougelet, CEO, Mikasa, Inc.

Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Anyone interested in influencing others – to buy, to vote, to learn, to diet, to give to charity, or to start a revolution – can learn from this book.” Washington Post

Calling a Halt to Mindless Change by John Macdonald

“Change for change’s sake alone is like motion without meaning, busyness without purpose. Macdonald’s book advocates the wisdom of incremental change within the context of a clearly defined vision and strategy . . . . He reminds us that moderation is a virtue, not a vice.” Al Gini, Managing Editor, Business Ethics Quarterly



(please also refer to the Lencioni books listed above)


Intelligent Disobedience by Ira Chaleff
“All of us have the responsibility to stand up for doing the right thing. Intelligent Disobedience offers the tools for doing this.” Beatrice Edwards, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project

Leading with Soul by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal

“Bolman and Deal understand that organizations are filled with living, breathing, feeling human beings, people who need more that a paycheck, more than a performance review, more than a promotion. This is a deceptively powerful realization for any leader.” Patrick Lencioni, CEO, The Table Group

The Courageous Follower by Ira Chalfeff

“Contains remarkable insight and practical advice that will be of enormous benefit to followers, and maybe even more benefit to leaders.” General Walter Ulmer, Jr., former CEO, Center for Creative Leadership


Organizational Health and Talent Management

(please also refer to the Lencioni books listed above)

One Page Talent Management by Marc Effron and Miriam Ort

“The most practical and powerful book I have seen about talent management in the last ten years. I highly recommend it to any business leader or HR professional looking to really grow great talent and high-performing organizations today.” Kevin Wilde, Vice President, Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer, General Mills, Inc

Drive by Daniel Pink

“These lessons are worth repeating, and if more companies feel emboldened to follow Mr. Pink’s advice, then so much the better” The Wall Street Journal

Trust in the Balance by Robert Shaw

“The relationship between organization effectiveness and organization climate is a major issue for leaders and culture setters. Robert Shaw has pinpointed the essential linchpin – trust. His practical yet profound guide on how to develop and maintain a high-trust organization will be a welcome addition to any manager’s bookshelf.” Richard Beckhard, Principal, Beckhard Associates

The Communication Catalyst by Mickey Connolly and Richard Rianoshek

“The Communication Catalyst is an essential guide for every leader’s personal and organizational effectiveness. You will find dozens of tried-and-true approaches to communication that I’ve seen work miracles both inside and outside of work.” Rayona Sharpnack, president, Institue for Women’s Leadership, Inc.

The Loyalty Effect by Frederick Reichheld

“The Loyalty Effect absolutely nails the essence of what it takes to be customer-driven. At Intuit, these are concepts we use, and aspire to.” Scott Cook, Chairman and Co-Founder, Intuit, Inc.

Closing the Engagement Gap by Julie Gebauer and Don Lowman

“This is a must-read for any company that is interested in improving performance by creating a more engaged workforce.” Alan Miller, chairman and CEO, Universal Health Services, Inc.

The Stirring of the Soul in the Workplace by Alan Briskin

“Insightful and well written . . . . Briskin respects the intelligence of the reader by arguing against simple solutions and false promises. I strongly recommend this book.” Peter Block, author of Stewardship and the Empowered Manager


Personal/Professional Development


GRIT The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
GRIT is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart.” Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers.

Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships by Morag Barrett

“Whether you are new to the business world or a seasoned executive, Cultivate is a practical guide to develop and optimize every connection.” Cynthia Carpenter, Vice President Product Management, Charter Communications

Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Every so often a book comes along that forces us to ask important and difficult questions of ourselves. Multipliers is such a book. Multipliers challenges us to imagine a dramatically more productive future for our organizations – one that requires letting go of some of the very behaviors that helped get us to the top.” Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

This is a wise, uplifting, and important work, a seamless blend of insight and inspiration, personal revelations, stories drawn from the worlds of art, psychology, business and politics.” Doris Kearns Goodwin, Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

“This powerful book freshly imagines a new and necessary kind of working environment where matters of the heart have equal significance with matters of the mind. Absolutely required reading for leaders everywhere.” Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California