My Reading List

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

Here are some of my favorites books from the last few weeks.

 

Think Beyond Value

Think Beyond Value

by David Flint

As you can probably guess, I read lots of strategy books, but this one is special. Immensely practical and dripping with insight gained over a long career as a consultant and professor. Flint’s VREEL framework is the real deal – easily applicable in any organization.

Deep Work

Deep Work

by Cal Newport

This book is guaranteed to change the way you work. Newport’s encouragement to arrange your life so you can work deeply and without distraction is well supported with empirical evidence. Practical and brilliant. 

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt and Sven Smit

A look at the strategy process by experienced strategy consultants. Excellent treatment of the human side of the process – then a deep dive into a long study that yielded empirical evidence that can inform every organization’s strategy work.

 

Getting Naked

by Patrick Lencioni

If you sell services or deliver services, drop whatever you’re doing and read this book. Lencioni, using his often employed parable methodology, show how his organization, The Table Group, interacts with clients.

Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Two Navy SEALS share the leadership principles they used on the battlefield to lead their teams and now use as business leadership consultants. The book is punctuated with compelling battlefield stories. It’s a page-turner.