Reading List

Reading List

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

The Art of Authenticity: Tools to Become an Authentic Leader and Your Best Self

by Karissa Thacker, Wiley 2016

Authenticity is the best way to lead, and the only way to maintain sustainable success as an organization. With expertise, research-backed findings, case studies, and chapter “workouts”, Thacker, guides readers on how to understand themselves better and leverage their authentic selves to be more effective leaders.

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy, Little, Brown and Company 2015

In Presence, Amy Cuddy explores the mind-body connection and how it impacts our self-perceptions, personal power, and even our ability to lead. In addition to telling truly engaging stories, she supports her assertions with a full set of facts and scientific research.

Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help

by Edgar H. Schein, Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2011

“Help” can be a loaded word in business, which makes it a fascinating topic for Schein, one of the greats in organizational behavior, to explore. This book analyzes the social and psychological dynamics that underpin different helping relationships, and explains why sometimes help isn’t helpful.

Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t

by Wilma Davidson, St. Martin's Griffin 2015

It’s impossible to be effective as a leader if you can’t communicate your ideas in ways that get your message across clearly and powerfully. This updated version of Davidson’s fundamentals for business writing should be required reading for anyone who relies on the written word to get things done.

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor

by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, and James O’Toole, Jossey-Bass 2008

Creating a “culture of candor” is easier said than done, especially for organizations trained to tightly control their narratives. The authors explore the risks and benefits of openness, and suggest practical ways that leaders can reorganize their cultures around greater transparency.

On Becoming a Leader

By Warren Bennis, Basic Books; Fourth Edition, March 3, 2009

This book outlines some simple and amazingly powerful practices that help people reach the next level of leadership. We love how fundamentally human this book is. With key messages that are largely universal and timeless, we consider this one of the best all-around books on leadership in business.

The Effective Executive

by Peter F. Drucker, HarperBusiness; Revised edition 2006

Published in the mid-60’s, Drucker’s ideas stand up to the test of time. While many of the books precepts have been appropriated in more recent books on leadership, we remain fans of his original thinking—especially on managing time and the art of prioritization.

Value Proposition Design

by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, Wiley 2014

Osterwalder and Pigneur take a closer look at the core of their Business Model Canvas – and uncover practical tools for creating products and services customers want.

The Generals

by Thomas Ricks, Penguin Books 2013

A fascinating review of U.S. military history through the lens of leadership that has many lessons to offer executives, especially in the areas of accountability and decision-making.

The Disruption Machine

by Jill Lepore, The New Yorker 20140623

Lepore revisits Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” nearly 20 years after its publication and argues that many of its central assertions don’t stand up to scrutiny.