BOOKS

Reading List

Conscious Business

Fred Kofman

“Conscious business” means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work. A rebuke of the traditional “work as battlefield” mentality, “Conscious Business” is an excellent treatise on ethical work.

Walking the Talk

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor shows how culture can be managed and how it can become a competitive advantage.

Good to Great

Jim Collins

What makes this book a must read is Collins’ introduction of level 5 leadership. A level 5 Executive “builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.” Does this describe you?

A Theory of Everything

Ken Wilber

It is as the title promises. Ken Wilber shows how it all comes together: body, mind and soul, business, religion, science and politics. Not an easy read, but all integrated.

First, Break all the Rules

Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

While far from groundbreaking, the findings–compiled through 80,000 interviews–are still highly relevant and applicable.

Choice Theory

William Glasser

Glasser believes that almost all human misery is caused by people trying to control others. In fact, he says, the only behavior we can control is our own; by the same token, no one can make us do anything we don’t want to. An excellent rumination on self control and choice.

Beyond Performance

Scott Keller & Colin Price

Drawing on the most exhaustive research effort of its kind on organizational effectiveness and change management, Keller and Price put hard science behind their big idea: that the health of an organization is equally as important as its performance. In the book’s foreword, management guru Gary Hamel refers to this notion as “a new manifesto for thinking about organizations.

Presence

Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

Drawing on the wisdom and experience of 150 scientists, social leaders, and entrepreneurs, including Brian Arthur, Rupert Sheldrake, Buckminster Fuller, Lao Tzu, and Carl Jung, Presence is both revolutionary in its exploration and hopeful in its message. This astonishing and completely original work goes on to define the capabilities that underlie our ability to see, sense, and realize new possibilities—in ourselves, in our institutions and organizations, and in society itself.

True North

Bill George, Peter Sims

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan.

Sink, Float or Swim

Scott Peltin & Jogi Rippel

This book is about helping leaders increase their response-ability (ability to respond to high demands) and their perform-ability (ability to perform at their potential). In the business world there are sinkers, floaters, and swimmers. This book offers pragmatic and proven strategies to help individuals, teams, and organizations become Sustainable High Performers (swimmers) and achieve their full potential.
Sink, Float or Swim teaches how to become a swimmer. It is full of simple proven strategies that have worked for many top leaders and which will work for many other individuals.

Unboss

Lars Kølind, Jacob Bøtter

UNBOSS is a book about work and leadership, unlike any you’ve seen before. The book questions everything you thought was obvious: Did you think that the purpose of business was to make money? No—businesses must first and foremost be useful. They must become movements that change the world.

The Fifth Discipline

Peter Senge

The Fifth Discipline is one part business, one part management, two parts leadership, and three parts philosophy. With a Deming-esque approach to work and life, Senge provides a multi-faceted, integrated, non-linear way to look at cause-and-effect relationships.

The Tree of Knowledge

Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela

“Knowing how we know” is the subject of this book. Its authors present a new view of cognition that has important social and ethical implications, for, they assert, the only world we humans can have is the one we create together through the actions of our coexistence. Written for a general audience as well as for students, scholars, and scientists and abundantly illustrated with examples from biology, linguistics, and new social and cultural phenomena.