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Insightful Books

Insightful Books

Why These Books

The most rewarding element of the human experience is the ability to understand another person. I find it adds tremendous value to any relationship - especially those that are work related. Because of this, I highly recommend reading someone else's favorite book; it's absolutely a window into a person's soul.

Take a deeper look into how I see the world and enjoy this collection of personally influential non-fiction books that range from best hiring practices to biographies and everything else in-between.


Steve Jobs

By: Walter Isaacson

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.






Shoe Dog

By: Phil Knight

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.





Power Hiring

By: Lou Adler

For most managers and professional recruiters, hiring qualified employees is a difficult and often frustrating task. In today's constantly changing job market, traditional hiring practices are no longer effective, which is why world renowned expert Lou Adler showcases a common sense approach to hiring and managing new employees. You'll never again worry and become anxious every time a top member of your team moves on. Instead, you'll relish the opportunity to recruit and retain an even brighter and more capable team player.





The Halo Effect and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers

By: Phil Rosenzweig

The Halo Effect not only identifies the delusions that keep us from understanding business performance, but also suggests a more accurate way to think about leading a company. This approach, focusing on strategic choice and execution, while recognizing the inherent riskiness of both—clarifies the priorities that managers face.





Influencer : The Power to Change Anything

By: Kerry Patterson; Joseph Grenny; David Maxfield; Ron McMillan; Al Switzler

Whether you're a CEO, a parent, or merely a person who wants to make a difference, you probably wish you had more influence with the people in your life. "Influencer" a thought-provoking book that combines the remarkable insights of behavioral scientists and business leaders with the astonishing stories of high-powered influencers from all walks of life. You'll be taught each and every step of the influence process.





Tuesdays with Morrie

By: Mitch Albom

The writer becomes reacquainted with his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz who he finds out is dying. Upon this discovery, Mitch decides to visit with Morrie in his study every Tuesday - just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.





Stein On Writing

By: Sol Stein

"This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions--how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." With examples from bestsellers as well as from students' drafts, Stein offers detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, flashbacks, trimming away flabby wording, the so-called "triage" method of revision, using the techniques of fiction to enliven nonfiction, and more.





Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

By: Lois P. Frankel

Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She's spotted a unique set of behaviors--101 in all--that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back--and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills.





The Innovator's Dilemma

By: Clayton M. Christensen

Focusing on “disruptive technology,” Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.





Start With Why

By: Simon Sinek

START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.






The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

By: Patrick Lencioni

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.





Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

By: William Poundstone

ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? guides readers through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more. ARE YOU SMART ENOUGH TO WORK AT GOOGLE? is a must read for anyone who wants to succeed in today's job market.





The Laws of Simplicity

By: John Maeda

In The Laws of Simplicity, John Maeda offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design -- guidelines for needing less and actually getting more. Maeda -- a professor in MIT's Media Lab and a world-renowned graphic designer -- explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of "improved" so that it doesn't always mean something more, something added on.





Match: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time

By: Dan Erling

MATCH takes you step-by-step through the lifecycle of hiring, from developing a job description through interviewing and making the decision, to negotiating salary and onboarding the new hire Applicable tools, stories, and foolproof techniques are woven throughout to insure your mission critical objective is accomplished





Topgrading

By: Bradford D. Smart

Great companies, large and small, rise or fall because of their talent; the more high performers on your team, the more successful your organization will be. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But companies that have used Brad Smart’s Topgrading system over the past two decades have boosted their hiring success rates dramatically—sometimes even to 90%.






Creativity, Inc.

By: Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.






Leading with Cultural Intelligence

By: David Livermore Ph.D.

Business today is global--and success requires a new set of skills. But not to worry, whether you're negotiating with vendors in Asia, exploring potential markets in Africa, or leading a diverse team at home, you don't have to master the nuances of every culture you encounter. With Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, you can lead effectively in any context.






8 Unbreakable Rules For Business Start-Up Success

By: Sean C. Castrina

Written by a 20 year serial entrepreneur, in a straight forward language with key takeaways and action steps, this book guides you through the rules to follow for starting a successful business.







Quantum Memory Power

By: Dominic O'Brien

Dominic O'Brien, the 7-time world memory champion shares his ultimate tools for developing the perfect memory. Quantum Memory Power provides practical applications and exercises to test and strengthen your abilities. By engaging your imagination and creative powers you will gain speed, accuracy and poise in the development of your quantum memory powers.