Here you will find books I have read and recommend, articles, blog postings and videos I use in my work.
This section will include books that I use in my consulting and coaching as well as those that inform our work.
Senge, Peter: The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
This book is saw the birth of my organization. His delving into systems thinking was a revelation to me in the early 90s when the book came out. It packs the same punch today along with it’s companion book, the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.
Charan, Ram and Drotter, Stephen, Noel, James L.: The Leadership Pipeline: How to build the Leadership owered Company (2011) J. Wiley & Sons
Drucker, Peter F.: Management Challenges for the 21st Century (1999) Harper Collins
Hartley, Robert F.: Management Mistakes and successes, 4th ed, (1994) John Wiley & Sons
Have, Steven ten, Have Wouter ten & Stevens, Frans; Key Management Models: The management tools and practices that will improve your business (2003) Prentice Hall
Heath, Chip & Heath, Dan; Switch; How to Change Things When Change is Hard (2010) Crown Publishing Group
Johansson, Frans: The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures (2004) HBS Press
MacKenzie, Gordon: Orbiting the Giant Hairball; A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace. (1998) Penguin Group
Murphy, James D; Business is Combat; A Fighter Pilot’s Guide to Winning in Modern Business Warfare.(2000) HarperCollins
O’Toole, James: Leadership A to Z: A Guide for the Appropriately Ambitious (1999) Jossey Bass
Robbins, Harvey, and Finley, Michael: Why Teams Don’t work: What went wrong and how to make it right (1995) Pacesetter Books
Roberts, John: The Modern Firm: Organizational Design for Performance and Growth (2004) Oxford University Press
Rouse, William B.; Don’t Jump to Solutions: Thirteen Delusions that Undermine Strategic Thinking (1998) Jossey Bass, Inc.
Senge, Peter; Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, (1990) Doubleday
Senge, Peter, Kleiner, Art, Roberts, Charlotte and Rick Ross: the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and tools for Building a learning Organization (1994) Doubleday
Senge, Peter [et al]; The dance of Change: the Challengers of sustaining momentum in learning organization (1999) Doubleday
Silberger, Steven A.; The Ten Day MBA: A Step by step buide to masteringthe Skills taught n America’s Top Business Schools (1993, 1999) , Wm Morrow and Company, Inc
Taylor, William C., and LaBarre, Polly G.: Mavericks at Work; Why the Most Original Minds at Work Win (2006) Harper Collins
Wheatley, Margaret: Leadership and the New Science; Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1999) Berret-Koehler Publishers
Wills, Garry: Certain Trumpets: The Nature of Leadership (1995) Simon and Schuster
Zander, Rosamund Stone, and Zander, Benjamin; The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life (2000) HBS Press)
How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader, by Tony Schwartz, discusses a non-black-and-white approach to working with the stereotypical good and bad qualities in a leader. Schwartz takes you through the thought process so you see how ‘good’ qualities, like tenacity, can turn bad when overused or depended on too much. He aims at building a complementary set of strengths rather than perfection.
I read many blog posts and newsletters every day and I curate them, posting the ones that I think provide interesting perspectives.
Harvard Business Review: This is a list of all the newsletters Harvard Business Review mails out. You should be on at least one or two of these lists depending on your interests.
Strategy + Business Magazine also has a newsletter which provides information on a variety of topics. I read about one out of every 10 but when I do read it, it is useful and worthwhile.
Strategy and Corporate Finance Blog is a McKinsey & Co. blog. It sounds deadly dull, but there is a variety of very interesting topics to be found here.
Models are the most fun. I like seeing things in terms of frameworks. It helps me parse out the direction to go in. I hope you have fun, too.
The LeadingStrategically competency model will help you to understand where you need to develop yourself to get to the next level in your organization. We use this in coaching situations and long term engagements.
The Switch ModelModel by Chip and Dan Heath was all the rage a few years ago. I highly recommend their book How to change when Change is Hard. The model will make more sense if you read the book – a quick read.
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