2017 Reading List

Here’s the reading list for 2017.  The current Reading List is here.  Links to prior years are at the bottom of the current reading list.

  • Nonverbal Messages:  Cracking the Code.  by Dr. Paul Ekman. *
  • The Life and Behavior of Living Organisms:  A General Theory. by Elliott Jaques. *
  • A Conflict of Visions : Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. by Thomas Sowell. *
  • Real Education:  Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality. by Charles Murray. *
  • Management and the Financial Crisis (We have met the enemy and he is us …)  by William A. Sahlman. *
  • Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self‑Correction.  by Ken Wilber. *
  • Intellectuals and Society. by Thomas Sowell. *
  • The Undoing Project:  A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.  by Michael Lewis. *
  • Carver’s Policy Governance® Model in Nonprofit Organizations.  by John Carver and Miriam Carver. *
  • CEO perspectives: How HR can take on a bigger role in driving growth. by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • A Theory of Corporate Governance:  Finding a New Balance for Boards and Their CEOs. by John Carver. *
  • The Deeply Flawed Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax. by Benjamin Zycher.
  • Requisite Organizational Design The power of know.  by Glen Sollors.
  • Only the Paranoid Survive:  How to Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge Every Company and Career.  by Andrew S. Grove.
  • A Powerful Mind:  The Self-Education of George Washington.  by Adrienne M. Harrison.
  • Pre-suasion : A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. by Robert Cialdini.
  • Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, 2nd Edition. by Peter Block. (excerpt)
  • Inspiration Dormant:  Forgotten Colors Revisited.  by Silvia Guirado.
  • Facing Down Evil:  Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator.  by Clint Van Zandt.
  • The Secrets of Operational and Organizational Due Diligence.  by Ronald Recardo and Tim Toterhi.
  • Measurement as Learning: What Nonprofit CEOs, Board Members, and Philanthropists Need to Know to Keep Improving. by Jeri Eckhart-Queenan and Matt Forti.
  • Jung and Aion: Time, Vision, and a Wayfaring Man. by Lance S. Owens.
  • By the People : Rebuilding Liberty without Permission. by Charles Murray.
  • Emotions Revealed:  Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life.  by Paul Ekman.
  • The Go-Giver:  A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea.  by Bob Burg and John David Mann.
  • U.S. Executives on M&A:  Full Speed Ahead in 2016. by KPMG.
  • The king is dead. Long live the king? Corporate life-cycles, succession planning and organizational renewal. by Mathew Wills.
  • Populism: The Phenomenon.  Bridgewater Daily Observations.  by Ray Dalio, Steven Kryger, Jason Rogers, and Gardner Davis.
  • 20 years inside the mind of the CEO…  What’s next? 20th CEO Survey.  by PwC.
  • Empathy in the Workplace: A Tool for Effective Leadership.  by William A. Gentry, Todd J. Weber, and Golnaz Sadri.
  • Intelligence:  Knowns and Unknowns. by Neisser, et. al.
  • What is Spiral Dynamics Integral?  by Don Beck. Leadership 2030 (book excerpt).
  • Introduction: Empire and Manure. by Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell.
  • Understanding Ontological Conflict Between Servant Leadership and Organizations. by James Elliker.
  • Intervening in the Shadow Systems of Organizations: Consulting from a Complexity Perspective. by Patricia Shaw.
  • New Dawn:  Good Deals in Challenging Times.  by KPMG.
  • The Business Case for a High-Trust Culture.  by A Great Place to Work.
  • Rescuing “Diversity” from Affirmative Action and Campus Activists. by Peter Minowitz.
  • Spiral Dynamics:  The Layers of Human Values in Strategy.  by Christopher Cowan and Natasha Todorovic.
  • Transactional Analysis:  An Elegant Theory and Practice. by Claude Steiner.
  • Trust, Trade, and Moral Progress: How Market Exchange Promotes Trustworthiness.  by Jonathan Anomaly.
  • Thoughtful Citizenship:  A Non-partisan Guide for Having Thoughtful Conversations, Even with Those Who Disagree… by

Started and Discarded:

  • Man and His Symbols. by Carl G. Jung.
  • Dirty Little Secrets of Family Business: Ensuring Success from One Generation to the Next.  by Henry Hutcheson.


* Recommended Readings. These are those items that I really enjoyed and would recommend to others. Not that other items on the list are bad (some are OK and some are quite good), it’s just that they aren’t as memorable.

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