Recommended reading

Drive (Daniel H. Pink)

One of the important skills of a leader is to influence and create change. This book summarizes evidence on what drives behaviour.


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler)

Leaders must be able to have tough conversations, but preserve relationships. This book, provides strategies for the difficult conversation.


Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In (Roger Fisher and William Ury)

Leaders must frequently negotiate. This book has basic negotiating strategies based on interest-based negotiation.


ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government and Our Community (Jeffrey Hiatt)

Once a change initiative target has been identified, this book provides that how-to of change management.


Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box (The Arbinger Institute)

Everyone sees the world differently. This book discusses the importance, why and how people see the world so differently and, in their mind, act accordingly.


Becoming the Evidence-Based Manager: How to Put the Science of Management to Work for You (Gary P. Latham)

This book summarizes the evidence for managerial strategies, including hiring, motivating, and appraising staff.

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works (A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin)

Courtesy of Niki Degendorfer ‘is one of the best books on strategy that I’ve read. It’s comprehensive and gets to heart of what strategy actually means and how to develop a strategic plan that resonates across all levels of an organization.’

The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat (Ryszard Kapuściński)

This book tells the story of the down fall of Haile Selassie, and is featured in my post on Leadership. What Not To Do

The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader (Fred I Greenstein)

This book tells the story of the presidency of Eisenhower, and is featured in my post on Leadership. What To Do