Reading List

Reading List

Books and articles that fuel the conversations we have with our clients and each other.

Leading People Safely: How to Win on the Business Battlefield

by James T. Schultz and Brian L. Fielkow, North Loop Books 2016

How can safety improve performance? James T. Schultz, a Brimstone Senior Partner, and Brian L. Fielkow provide a guide for optimizing organizational performance through safety leadership. Using anecdotes, strategies, and practical tools, this book explores the principles and practices for creating, nurturing, and sustaining a culture of safety. We consider it a must-read for leaders in safety-sensitive industries.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

by Tom Kelly and David Kelly, Crown Business 2013

Creative Confidence is a book that helps anyone access their creative potential. The authors, IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley, and his brother, Tom Kelley who also wrote the bestselling The Art of Innovation, explain the principles and strategies that allow us to tap into our innate creativity—to make our personal and work lives richer.

Igniting Customer Connections: Fire Up Your Company’s Growth by Multiplying Customer Experience and Engagement

by Andrew Frawley, Wiley 2014

A big part of a change effort is envisioning how your organization’s changes will impact external customers. Frawley examines how the consumer landscape is changing, and provides suggestions on how today’s marketers can think differently about meeting their customers’ rapidly changing expectations.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster 2006

Goodwin masterfully captures Lincoln’s genius in managing the people around him. Lincoln faced incredibly complex and unprecedented challenges during his presidency. By bringing together former adversaries and leveraging their talents, he overcame obstacles unlike any leader before or after him.

The Trusted Advisor

by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford, Touchstone 2001

For people in services businesses, this book is a must-read. It examines the changing landscape of trust in today’s connected world, and what practices help you build trust. The authors also provide unique insights about how to translate your client’s trust and confidence into business value.

Power Up: Transforming Organizations Through Shared Leadership

by David L. Bradford and Alan R. Cohen, Wiley 1998

While the idea of shared leadership—and a move away from command-and-control management—has captured the imagination of many leaders, how to put it into practice remains a barrier. In this book, Bradford and Cohen break down the complex concepts behind shared leadership and provide a blueprint for making it work.  They provide multiple real-life examples and case studies that illustrate what this way of leading makes possible, and give you tools to help you create an organizational culture of shared responsibility.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

by Susan Cain, Broadway Books 2013

How many "quiet rock stars" have you worked with? Cain explores how the Extrovert Ideal became entrenched in our culture, and makes a case for the high price we pay by undervaluing introverts. Well researched and filled with stories of successful introverts, this book gives us a new perspective on how we view introverts and their power in the workplace.

How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

by Jim Collins, HarperCollins 2009

Companies don’t become great overnight, and likewise, they rarely fall without warning. By examining how companies behave as they get into trouble, Collins identifies the common stages of decline, and explores how leaders can keep their companies from falling all the way to the bottom.

Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company

by Andrew S. Grove, Crown Business 1999

First published twenty years ago, Grove’s thoughts on how to spot patterns in massive change stands up to the test of time. Based on common sense, case studies, and first-hand experience, this book guides leaders on how to act when the business landscape shifts suddenly and unexpectedly.

The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities

by Ram Charan, PublicAffairs 2015

Change, in addition to creating massive disruption, also exposes extraordinary opportunities. Charam explores how leaders can use change to create advantage, along with the mindset required to attack in spite of ambiguity, volatility, and complexity.