My Reading List

There’s a common quote that resonates with me when it comes to staying sharp as a leader. The quote is “Leaders read and readers lead”. The message is that a real litmus test for a growing leader is how much and what they read. We are all “life learners” and reading helps provide a catalyst for growth and learning.

Green = Read | Blue = Currently Reading | Black = In Queue to Read

Here is my reading list for 2012:

    1. Start Something That Matters (Blake Mycoskie)
    2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (Laura Hillenbrand)
    3. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality (Scott Belsky)
    4. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (Chip and Dan Heath)
    5. Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About (Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson)
    6. Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts (Ian Morgan Cron)
    7. Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood (Nate Larkin)
    8. The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win (Steve Blanks)
    9. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany (Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits)
    10. The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer (Jeffrey Liker)
    11. Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business (Chet Richards)
    12. Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse (Geoff Colvin)
    13. Strategy Power Plays (Tim Phillips and Karen Mccreadie)
    14. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All (Jim Collins)
    15. The Myth of the Garage (Chip Heath)
    16. Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It (Al Ries)
    17. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (Seth Godin)
    18. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Daniel Pink)
    19. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (David Platt)
    20. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Eric Metaxas)
    21. Decision Points (George W. Bush)
    22. Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Geoffrey Moore)
    23. Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey Moore)
    24. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles (Steven PressField)
    25. Washington: A Life (Ron Chernow)
    26. Colonel Roosevelt (Edmund Morris)
    27. Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy (Joan Magretta)
    28. Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition (Michael Stelzner)