Good to Great, Jim Collins.
Good to Great, Jim Collins.
The best business book of all time, hands down, bar none, no contenders, the great, the king, the one and the only.. As part of my transition out from CEO of one of my businesses, I bought this of the entire leadership team and made it part of the deal that they read it. Never in the history of business books has so much research and evidence resulted in so much common sense.
Perennial Seller, Ryan Holliday. Reading a book by Ryan is like getting a really thoughtful email from a friend/mentor/colleague/that guy you want to work with that you can’t delete an almost make a new folder for called ‘Best Advice Ever’ this pretends to be a book about making successful books, but really it’s a guide to creating stone cold classics in format.
On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder. When our day to day is disruption, I think we all need a reminder of the recent history that made us who we are that we tend to forget, and the macro trends that are so reliable they’re almost a certainty. This book gives you a neck snapping sense check as to whether you’re focussed on fighting for the right things, and what really is worth fighting for.
King, A Critical Biography, David Lewis. In addition to it’s obvious success at creating more social equality, I think the civil rights movement is an enlightening organisational case-study for anyone interested in creating change within what feel like immovable conditions. The infrastructure, the discipline, the strategy, the storytelling are all meticulous and ultimately made the greatest difference. They are many books on the movement, this one wins for me as it takes a much needed critical perspective.
The Churchill Factor, Boris Johnson. Winston Churchill was the embodiment of 20th Century Leadership, which although now thankfully outdated, still has many lessons to teach. The bravery, the boldness the extraordinary bravado of a man who took on the world and won. There are better books that have more of the much needed criticisms of Churchill than this fanboy exercise by British political embarrassment Boris Johnson, but his style is so entertaining it makes this a thumping good read.
Transforming Organisations, Frederick Laloux. If you’ve ever wondered what next in business, if you’ve ever looked out to the ever changing landscape and genuinely thought WTF does it all mean and where does it go from here, then Laloux’s thorough and thoughtful model operates as an effective blueprint for a wholescale upgrade to the operating system of international business. AS well researched as it is optimistic and uplifting, of all the books here, if I could choose one that was to become mandatory at MBA level it would be this.