Personal Book Recommendations

I often get asked about the books, and various other things I recommend. None of these recommendations are sponsored. Please feel free to contact me using the form at the bottom of this page if you have any recommendations that you feel I should check out or items I might have missed. I read a lot so this list is by no means a complete list of books I read. The order of items under a category does not mean anything. Check back often as this page will continually change.


The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability by Roger Connors, Tom Smith, Craig Hickman

How Did That Happen?Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way by Roger Connors, Tom Smith


Dress Like the Big Fish: How to Achieve the Image You Want and the Success You Deserve by Dick Lerner

Branding / Self-Promotion

 Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D., Keith Ferrazzi

What Your Body Says (And How to Master the Message): Inspire, Influence, Build Trust, and Create Lasting Business Relationships by Sharon Sayler

Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Journey to the Emerald City by Roger Connors, Tom Smith

Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results by  Roger Connors

Customer Service

Raving FansA Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service by Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles, Harvey Mackay

Customer Service In an Instant: 60 Ways to Win Customers and Keep Them Coming Back (In an Instant (Career Press)) by Karen Leland, Keith Bailey

Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service by Chip R. Bell, Ron Zemke

Customer Mania!It’s Never Too Late to Build a Customer-Focused Company by Kenneth Blanchard, Jim Ballard, Fred Finch

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni

The Best Service is No Service: How to Liberate Your Customers from Customer Service, Keep Them Happy, and Control Costs by Bill Price, David Jaffe


Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson


Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition by Bradford D. Smart Ph.D.

Leadership & Management

The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company by Bill Capodagli, Lynn Jackson

The Halo Effect: … and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers by Phil Rosenzweig

Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Your Life by Ken Blanchard, Jesse Lyn StonerThe Canoe Theory: A Business Success Strategy for Leaders and AssociatesMade to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan HeathGood to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins

DriveThe Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars:A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni

ExecutionThe Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck

Think Big, Act SmallHow America’s Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive by Jason Jennings

First, Break All the RulesWhat the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham, Curt CoffmanThe Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life (J-B Warren Bennis Series) by Steve Zaffron, Dave LoganChange or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life by Alan DeutschmanThe Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers by Keith R. McFarland

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround by Louis V. Gerstner

Eat People: And Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs
by Andy Kessler

Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing: No-Nonsense Rules from the Ultimate Contrarian and Small Business Guru by George Cloutier

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne

Leadership Development

From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry, Guy Harris

Broken Windows, Broken Business: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards by Michael Levine

Leadership Is an Art by Max Depree

Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations by Ken Blanchard

Networking / Interpersonal Relations

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected by Devora Zack

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz

Who’s Got Your BackThe Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail by Keith Ferrazzi

Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own “Mastermind” Group for Health, Wealth, and More by Joe Vitale, Bill Hibbler

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray


Parenting Kids: To Become the People Employers Really Want and… America Desperately Needs! by Charles Fay Ph.D.

Productivity & Time Management

Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done–Now! by Jones Loflin, Todd Musig

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

The Myth of MultitaskingHow “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done by Dave Crenshaw

Invaluable: The Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable by Dave Crenshaw

Getting Things DoneThe Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr

Sales & Sales Management, & Marketing

ProActive Sales ManagementHow to Lead, Motivate, and Stay Ahead of the Game by William “Skip” Miller

More ProActive Sales Management: Avoid the Mistakes Even Great Sales Managers Make — And Get Extraordinary Results by William “Skip” Miller

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

Self-Development / Success

The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work by Jon Gordon

Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful – No Matter What by Srikumar Rao

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life by Stefan Swanepoel

The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly, Patrick Lencioni

What Got You Here Won’t Get You ThereHow Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter

Training CampWhat the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

Stuck To C.E.O. by Kris Cavanaugh

New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Get Off Your “But”: How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for Yourself by Sean Stephenson, Anthony Robbins

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick Lencioni

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Crazy Busy by Edward M. Hallowell MD

Millionaire Upgrade: Lessons in Success From Those Who Travel at the Sharp End of the Plane by Richard Parkes Cordock


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Transitions & Change Management

Your Next Move: The Leader’s Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions by Michael Watkins

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action PlanHow to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results by George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check, Jorge E. Pedraza

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of the Change by William Bridges


10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking by The Princeton Language Institute, Lenny Laskowski

Inspire Any Audience: Proven Secrets of the Pros for Powerful Presentations by Tony Jeary, Zig Ziglar


Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse, Chris Garrett

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