I decided to do something today that seems fun – at least to me. I’m going to share four books on my current reading stack, and give you the Amazon description of the book. Then I will share a sentence or two about why it is on my list.
I’m doing this for three reasons:
- I am often asked what is on my reading list, and this will answer that question, at least for one moment in time.
- It will give you a bit of insight into who I am and what I am focused on currently.
- It will give you a say in what I actually do read next – because your comments below (both as a vote and any reasons you share as to why you want me to read that next) will impact which of these I might recommend here soon.
Here we go, in alphabetical order by book title . . .
A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive by Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt
A portion of the Amazon.com description: Just like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, social media is having a monumental impact on the world’s economy; a change so dramatic that it has created a new business era. Welcome… to the Social Age.
What does the Social Age mean for your business? Containing stories, analysis of real-world scenarios, and indispensable guidance, A World Gone Social gives you the tools and information you need to survive–and thrive–in a business climate in which customers hold all the cards . . .
My rationale: this is a book being released in the next couple of weeks and I was sent a copy to read. The authors hope I will read and recommend here, and I am interested in their premise and hope to gain some new insights both for my work with organizations and leaders, and for myself.
Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens by Randy Poe and Buck Owens
A portion of the Amazon.com description: Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens is the life story of a country music legend. Born in Texas and raised in Arizona, Buck eventually found his way to Bakersfield, California. Unlike the vast majority of country singers, songwriters, and musicians who made their fortunes working and living in Nashville, the often rebellious and always independent Owens chose to create his own brand of country music some 2,000 miles away from Music City racking up a remarkable twenty-one number one hits . . .
My rationale: I grew up with country music (and still love it), and I’ve read a number of biographies of country performers over the last few months. I’ve always known there was more to Buck than Hee Haw, and I expect to learn more country music history here, but like all biographies, I expect to learn more about success, both business and professionally as well.
A portion of the Amazon.com description: From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America.
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the event . . .
My rationale: This book was first released in 1959. Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of it – and neither had most other people. That is until Bill Gates described it as his favorite business book (and that he stole Warren Buffett’s copy). That raised my interest and many others too – so much that the book has gone back into print. I’ve read a few pages. I think it is going to be great.
Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities that Make Us Influential by John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut
The Amazon.com description: Required reading at Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School.
Everyone wants to be more appealing and effective, but few believe we can manage the personal magnetism of a Bill Clinton or an Oprah Winfrey. John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut trace the path to influence through a balance of strength (the root of respect) and warmth (the root of affection). Each seems simple, but only a few of us figure out the tricky task of projecting both at once.
Drawing on cutting-edge social science research as well as their own work with Fortune 500 executives, members of Congress, TED speakers, and Nobel Prize winners, Neffinger and Kohut, reveal how we size each other up—and how we can learn to win the admiration, respect, and affection we desire.
My rationale: Another book I want to read for personal understanding and growth, and to help me better help Clients and readers (like you). After all, leadership is all about influence. I have read a small part of this already and believe it is going to be interesting and useful.
Remember your comments below will impact which of these books move closer to the top of my stack. Share your votes and comments below!