I am often asked to recommend books.
I have found that I learn a lot through reading everything I can get my hands on, I am an avid reader. Below I have included a list of books from my own library that I often recommend.
- The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen.
- Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip and Dan Heat.
- The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.
- Getting real: the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application by 37 Signals.
- Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp.
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.
- Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed.
- Ending the Management Illusion: How to Drive Business Results Using the Principles of Behavioral Finance by Hersh Shefrin.
- I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards.
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh.
- Winners: And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell.
- Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown.
- Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change by Erica Fox.
Digital and Innovation
- The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology by Venkat Venkatraman.
- Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden.
- The Ten Faces of Innovation: Ideo’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate & Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Tom Kelley.
- Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug.
- Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth by John Doerr.
- The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen.
- Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden.
- Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
- Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A. G. Lafley and Roger Martin.
- Making Strategy Work: Leading Effective Execution and Change by Lawrence G. Hrebiniak.
- Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters by Richard Rumelt.
Marketing and Customer Experience
- Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business by Harley Manning, Kerry Bodine and Josh Bernoff.
- All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works And Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All by Seth Godin.
- Grand Pursuit: A Story of Economic Genius: Great 20th Century Economic Thinkers and What They Discovered About the Way the World Works by Sylvia Nasar.
- Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.
- Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth.
- Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein.
- Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and Steve Wozniak.
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight.
- Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton and John Huey.
- Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson.
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.
- The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone.
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone.
- The Accidental Pornographer: A Story About Having a Go – And Succeeding… in Failing by Gavin Griffiths.
- Hit Refresh: A Memoir by Microsoft’s CEO by Satya Nadella.
- Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar.
- Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy by Bill Browder.