Book Recomendations

A few business and human condition related books I've read recently and recommend.

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The New IT by Jill Dyche

Discusses how IT can be a more integral part of the business making it more agile and competitive.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Probably one of my favorite books I’ve read in a long time.  Have you ever driven to work and realized you don’t even remember the drive itself?  This book discusses how habits are formed, how they work, and how they drive nearly everything we do… AND how to change them. This is a MUST READ!

Good to Great by Jim Collins

This is probably one of my favorite business books of all time.  It describes how to set BHAG’s… Big Hairy Audacious Goals… The concept really resonated with me.  It also talks about how to built momentum that pushes you through the low points or tough times.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I didn’t like this book because it was like looking in to a mirror. I was proud of the fact that I never said NO to a task but looking back that habit really hurt. Essentialism is about how to prioritize and organize so you’re always making the greatest impact. Just like you can focus a MagLight flashlight, you can focus your own energy.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Another MUST READ. If you want to understand trends: how they happen, how they sustain, how they fizzle out… you must read this great book. By understanding how trends happen, you can effect your own activities to catch on or be adopted.

Leading Digital by George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee

What is a Digital Master and how have some companies used digital mastery to disrupt?  Good question. Ready the book. Great one.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

This is a great book if you feel you’ve reached a plateau in your career or in your business. Marshall talks about the issues/habits that come up with success and ways to address them.

One thing that spoke directly to me was the chapter on apologizing. How to recognize when it’s important and how to do it professionally. Verbalizing that mistakes were made and acknowledgement that it caused pain.  There’s more to it, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more.

Doing Both by Inder Sidhu

Written by the SVP for Strategy & Planning at Cisco, doing both talks about the dichotomy many companies face when deciding to be sustaining or disruptive.  Doing Both talks about how Cisco… well… is doing both.

Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak

As millennials begin to take the management and executive positions, what their environment growing up may have been radically different than their baby boomer or GenX’er subordinates. Becoming the Boss talks about how that bridge is gapped and how to be successful.  I particularly enjoyed the business book review section.

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