Recommended Readings

The following list of suggested readings is our current answer to the question, “Can you recommend any good books on business and personal growth topics?” While we update the list each quarter, some of these titles have been around for quite a few years. Among the older titles, we think you'll find some of the “best of the best” to go with the more recent titles. Happy Reading!

General Business & Management Topics       

THE ABILENE PARODOX AND OTHER MEDITATIONS ON MANAGEMENT - Jerry B. Harvey. Lexington Books/University Associates, 1988

THE BALANCED SCORECARD:   Translating Strategy Into Action   - Robert Kaplan & David Norton.   Harvard Business School, 1996.

BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY:   How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant – W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne.   Harvard Business School, 2005.

THE CHALLENGE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE: How Companies Experience It and Leaders Guide It – Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Barry A. Stein, and Todd D. Jick. Free Press, 1992.

COMPETING FOR THE FUTURE – G. Hamel & C.K. Prahalad. Harvard Bus. School Press, 1995

CORPORATE LIFECYCLES - Ichak Adizes. Prentice Hall, 1988.

CRAFTING COMPETITIVENESS - Albert A. Vicere & Robert M. Fulmer. Capstone, 1996.

CUSTOMERS.COM - Patricia Seybold. Times Business, 1999.

CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE – Carl Sewell & Paul B. Brown. Pocket Books, 1990


DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU - John C. Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993.

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS   How To Discuss What Matters Most – Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen. Viking Penguin Group, 1999.

THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization - Peter M. Senge.   Doubleday/Currency, 1990

THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE FIELDBOOK: Strategies & Tools for Building a Learning Organization - Kleiner, Senge, Roberts, Ross, Smith. Doubleday/Currency, 1994

FINDING & KEEPING GREAT EMPLOYEES – Jim Harris & Joan Brannick.   AMACOM, 1999.

FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES:   What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman.   Simon & Schuster, 1999.

GETTING IT DONE: How to Lead When You're Not in Charge -Roger Fisher & Alan Sharp. Harper, 1998.

THE GOAL: A Process of Ongoing Improvement (Revised Edition) - Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox. North River Press, 1986

THE GREAT GAME OF BUSINESS - Jack Stack. Doubleday/Currency, 1992

GROW TO BE GREAT: Breaking the Downsizing Cycle – Dwight Gertz & Joao Baptista. Free Press, 1995.

THE HP WAY: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company - David Packard. HarperBusiness, 1995

THE INDIVIDUALIZED CORPORATION: A Fundamentally New Approach to Management – Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher A. Bartlett. Harper Business, 1997.

JACK WELCH AND THE GE WAY: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO – Robert Slater. McGraw-Hill, 1999.

THE LEADERSHIP ENGINE: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level – Noel M. Tichy. Harper Business, 1997.

LEADERSHIP IS AN ART - Max DePree. Doubleday, 1989

LEADERSHIP JAZZ - Max DePree. Doubleday, 1992.

LEADING CHANGE - John P. Kotter. Harvard Business School Press, 1996

LEARNING TO LEAD: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader - Warren Bennis & Joan Goldsmith.   Addison-Wesley, 1994

MAKING IT ALL WORK:  Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life - David Allen, 2008 

MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES FOR THE 21 st CENTURY – Peter Drucker. Harper Business, 1999.

MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: Leading Human Resources (Eighth Edition).– Paul Hersey, Kenneth Blanchard, Dewey Johnson. Prentice-Hall, 2001

A MANAGER'S GUIDE TO THE MILLENNIUM - Ken Matejka & Richard J. Dunsing.   AMACOM, 1995

MANAGING AT THE SPEED OF CHANGE: How Resilient Managers Succeed & Prosper Where Others Fail - Daryl R. Conner. Villiard Books, 1992

MANAGING IN A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE - Peter Drucker. Dutton, 1995

MASLOW ON MANAGEMENT – Abraham Maslow. Wiley, 1998.

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS:   A Mavericks Guide to Business, Leadership, and Life – Sidney Harman.   Currency, 2003.

PEAK PERFORMANCE: Aligning the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees – Jon R. Katzenbach. Harvard Business School Press, 2000.

PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LEADERSHIP - Stephen R. Covey. Summit Books, 1991

SACRED COWS MAKE THE BEST BURGERS – Robert Kriegel & David Brandt. Warner Books, 1996.

STEWARDSHIP: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest - Peter Block. Berrett-Koehler, 1993

STOP MANAGING, START COACHING: How Performance Coaching Can Enhance Commitment and Improve Productivity - Jerry W. Gilley & Nathaniel W. Boughton. Irwin, 1996

TAKING CHARGE: Making the Right Choices   - Perry M. Smith. Avery Publishing, 1988

THE TIPPING POINT:   How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell.   Little, Brown & Company, 2000.

THE UNNATURAL ACT OF MANAGEMENT - Everett T. Suters. Harper Business, 1992

WE ARE ALL SELF-EMPLOYED - Cliff Hakim. Berrett-Kohler, 1994

THE WEB OF INCLUSION: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations - Sally Helgesen. Doubleday/Currency, 1995


Personal Growth & Self Development Topics

AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN - Anthony Robbins. Summit Books, 1991

THE BRAIN BOOK – Peter Russell. E. P. Dutton, 1979

CHANGING FOR GOOD: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward – James Prochaska, John Norcross, & Carlo Diclemente. William Morrow, 1994

CHOICES: Manage Your Choices and You Will Manage Your Life! – Shad Helmstetter. Pocket Books, 1989.

DEVELOPMENT FIRST: Strategies for Self-Development - David B. Peterson & Mary Dee Hicks.   Personnel Decisions International, 1995

DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN YOU – John Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993

DO WHAT YOU LOVE, THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW:   Discovering Your Right Livelihood – Marsha Sinetar.   Dell, 1989.

FIRST THINGS FIRST - Stephen Covey, Roger Merrill, Rebecca Merrill. Simon & Schuster, 1994

GETTING THINGS DONE: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen. Viking, 2001

LIFE 101 - John-Roger and Peter McWilliams. Prelude Press, 1990

NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS – Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton.   Free Press, 2001.

THE ORGANIZED EXECUTIVE - Stephanie Winston. Warner Books, 1994

PEAK PERFORMERS: The New Heroes of American Business – Charles Garfield. Avon, 1986.

READY FOR ANYTHING: 52 Productivity Principles for Work & Life – David Allen.   Viking, 2003.

SECOND TO NONE: How Our Smartest Companies Put People First – Charles Garfield. Irwin, 1992.

THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE: - Stephen R. Covey. Simon & Schuster, 1989

TYPE TALK - Otto Kroeger & Janet M. Thuesen. Delecorte, 1988

TYPE TALK AT WORK - Otto Kroeger & Janet M. Thuesen. Delecorte, 1992

UNLIMITED POWER - Anthony Robbins. Faucett, 1987

USE BOTH SIDES OF YOUR BRAIN - Tony Buzan. Dutton, 1977

USING YOUR BRAIN FOR A CHANGE - Richard Bandler. Real People Press, 1989

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU TALK TO YOURSELF - Shad Helmstetter. Grindle Press, 1986

THE WHOLE BRAIN BUSINESS BOOK: Unlocking the Power of Whole Brain Thinking in Organizations and Individuals – Ned Herrmann. Mc-Graw Hill, 1996

WHY NOT YOU? – Mary Blakely. Azuray Learning, 2000