Favorite Books of 2016

These are simply in the order in which I finished them.

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The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown http://amzn.to/2kjxFa2

  • I recommend this book to everyone. It’s the story of the 1936 Olympic crew team who won the gold medal despite all odds after winning the National Collegiate Championship against all odds and against teams with much better resources.  If you’re thinking a book about rowing would be boring, this story is anything but…

Execution:  The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan http://amzn.to/2kKy3io

  • With a growing number of entrepreneurs, all of whom have no shortage of great ideas, this book is a must. It stresses the importance of effective execution, which is really where the rubber meets the road in business.

Work Rules!  Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlow Bock http://amzn.to/2kjwxU0

  • You will see why Google is consistently rated as one of the best places to work. You will understand a philosophy based on the notion that work doesn’t have to be demotivating and dehumanizing.  And you will learn how they continue to work on building a culture that promotes freedom, creativity and play.

Power Questions:  Build relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas  http://amzn.to/2kM6pxo

  • I love questions. They help build relationships, provoke learning and promote exploration and insight.  These are some great questions to ask yourself – and others.

Chasing Daylight:  How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly http://amzn.to/2kjnHVP

  • What would you do if you learned you only had 90 days to live? This powerful book tells the story of one man who decided to make it count.  You might expect it to be depressing.  It isn’t.  It’s truly inspirational and provocative.

The Talent Code:  Greatness Isn’t Born.  It’s Grown.  Here’s How by Daniel Coyle http://amzn.to/2jmQ2uY

  • Our genes are not our destiny. Learn how talent grows in the brain.  Understand the role of commitment, coaching and the right kind of practice can work effectively together to accelerate skill development

The Future of Work:  Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders & Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan  http://amzn.to/2kM5cGu

  • This is such an notable book about how work is evolving and how individuals, leaders and organization must evolve along with it. This is the most important book I read in 2016.

Six Simple Rules:  How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated by Yves Morieux &  Peter Tollman  http://amzn.to/2jvBmoF

  • As the world of business becomes more increasingly complex and fast-paced, learning how to simplify is a critical skill to develop. This book provides a framework for doing just that.  Simplicity is my theme for 2017.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You:  Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport  http://amzn.to/2kGsluG

  • This book provides 4 rules, including one that defies the popular notion about following your passion. Instead, it makes a compelling case for becoming a skilled craftsman, along with the importance of control and having a mission.

Living the Success Principles by Jack Canfield http://jackcanfield.com/blog/products/living-the-success-principles/

  • In conjunction with publishing the 10th anniversary edition of The Success Principles, these are some of the inspirational stories from real people who put the principles into action and changed their lives.

Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill and Sharon Lechter.  http://amzn.to/2kjSYbp

  • Written in 1938, this book was so controversial that it was hidden until it was published in 2008. Hill “broke the devil’s code, forcing him to confess his secrets,” providing deep insight into the big obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals – fear, procrastination, anger and jealousy.

Mindlful Leadership:  the 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself and Inspiring Others by Maria Gonzalez  http://amzn.to/2kMdvC3

Just Listen:  Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston  http://amzn.to/2jmZFtD

  • Listening is one of the most under-rated of leadership skills and one of the most critical. The author, a psychiatrist and business coach, provides simple but effective tools for increasing your level of influence with others.