2003-2004 Reading Frenzy – Part I

Over the last year or so, I’ve been reading quite a bit. I’ve basically had three tracks of reading. The first track has been all management / leadership related. Since I’m in a management job, I figured I should learn the most I could about it. The second track has been technical, mostly centered around version control / software asset management, secure programming, and Python. The third track has been all music related, as I’m trying (once again) to learn the guitar.

Some of the reading that I have been doing from a business / leadership perspective has been very useful and I thought I’d throw these out here in case someone is looking for a good list of leadership material. The best of all of these so far is #1 on the below list. This is such a good book that I have distributed it to my direct reports and had them filter it down the organization. I highly recommend this book for anyone working in a team situation (and who isn’t these days?).

Hopefully this list will help those people who have been floundering around amazon.com looking for some useful books in the thousands now available on the subject.

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  2. Death by Meeting : A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business by Patrick Lencioni
  3. The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  4. Built to Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials) by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras
  5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  6. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Ken Blanchard
  7. Fourth Generation Management: The New Business Consciousness by Brian L. Joiner
  8. Demystifying Six Sigma: A Company-Wide Approach to Continuous Improvement by Alan Larson
  9. The One Minute Manager by Spencer Johnson and Ken Blanchard
  10. Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization by Ken Blanchard
  11. Slack : Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency by Tom DeMarco