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What Three Books Have Had the Biggest Impact on You as a Business Leader?

If you had to rate the top three business books you've read what would they be?  What books have had the most impact on your role as a leader in business? Your top three recommendations for business leaders - 1.2.3.


Robert Holland
(, ) |

How to Win friends and influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Psychology of winning by Dr Dennis Waitley
The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey
Over The Top by Zig Ziglar

Cetainly this is by far not exhaustive and I have a hard ime to weight them or number them, but I believe the order in which I read them, and topics sort of build together. Although it was years ago I read them some more than 1x, I refer to many of them to this day.

I would recommend certainly the first three even for the youngest reader.

Bob Holland

Gabriel Zubizarreta
Title: CEO
Company: Silicon Valley Accountants
(CEO, Silicon Valley Accountants) |

The Speed of Trust
My Personal Best

Rajagopal Muthappan
Title: Cost and Management Accountant
Company: Independent finance professional
(Cost and Management Accountant, Independent finance professional) |

1 The Effective Executive by Peter F Drucker
2 Success through positive mental attitude by Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone
3. Cost Accounting - A Managerial Emphasis by Charles T Horngren

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |
1. Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman 2. Flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 3. Reinventing the CFO Thomas Walther/Henry Johansson
Stephen Arnold
Title: CFO
(CFO, ) |
Halo Effect (Rosenzweig), Fooled by Randomness (Taleb), How to Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie), Tipping Point (Gladwell) No particular Order
Doug Hutchison
Title: CFO/Treasurer
Company: Construction industry
(CFO/Treasurer, Construction industry) |

1. 'Good to Great' - Jim Collins
2. 'Crucial Conversations' - by Kerry Patterson
3. 'Leadership & Self-deception' - Arbinger Institute

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

1. Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Steven R. Covey
3. The Art of War - Sun-Tzu

Anything by Brian Tracy, Zig Zigglar, Jim Rohn is also excellent.

Scott Lane
Title: CFO and CRO
Company: TPG Credit Management
(CFO and CRO, TPG Credit Management) |

1. The Black Swan - by Nicholas Taleb
2. When Genius Failed - by Roger Lowenstein
3. Stalingrad - by Antony Beevor

Keith Taylor
Title: CFO
Company: Lyris, Inc.
(CFO, Lyris, Inc.) |
FREE (by Chistopher Anderson, author of the Long Tail) WHy? Because we're all going to be faced with more and more complex revenue challenges in the continued drive to win customers SuperFreakanomics (Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner) Why? Because it reminded me to renew attention to two business principles: Think outside the box when looking for solutions... Think about the simple solution to fix problems -- not always the most complex.
Topic Expert
John Kogan
Title: CEO/CFO
Company: Proformative, Inc.
(CEO/CFO, Proformative, Inc.) | Thought this was a fun take on management "gurus".
Ron Kaye
Title: VP Finance & Administration
(VP Finance & Administration, ) |
1.Managing For Results........Peter Drucker; 2.Up the Organization........Robert Townsend; 3.A Passion for Excellence.......Tom Peters; 4.Leadership A to Z.......James O'Toole; 5.Financier the Biography of Andre Meyer........Cary Reich
Topic Expert
Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton ... helps you leverage the power of your true strengths rather than strengthening weaknesses

Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi ... build and nurture a strong network

Book Yourself Solid, Michael Port ... written for entrepreneurs it helps you think about yourself as a product when you're in job search mode

Jason M. Jones LPA
Title: Client Service Coordinator
Company: Hemphill Wright & Associates CPAs
(Client Service Coordinator, Hemphill Wright & Associates CPAs) |

My three, all by David Maister:

1. The Trusted Advisor
2. True Professionalism
3. Managing the Professional Services Firm

Bonus book:

Profitpreneurship by Ren Carlton

J.G. Collins
Title: Managing Director
Company: The Stuyvesant Square Consultancy
(Managing Director, The Stuyvesant Square Consultancy) |

"Lean Six Sigma for Services", Michael George
"Win Win Negotiating", Fred E. Jandt
"The Tipping Point", Malcolm Gladwell

No particular order, though I found "Six Sigma" much more engaging and thought provoking than most popular "management" books, which -by and large- take a single page worth of Power Point presentation notions and attempt to fill 300 pages with them by relating endless anectdotes and repeating the "core principles" ad nauseum.

I find you're much better off regularly scanning the headlines of good business review journals (at any good college business school library) and simply reading those than reading the stuff you find at the airport bookstores. You can usually find the headlines on the 'net. For some that consistently have high quality content (e.g., HBR), it's worth subscribing if a library isn't handy. Subscriptions are.about $100 or so per year, which is easily what you will spend on "guru" books for far less notional guidance or thought.

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

My top book is Michael Porter's "Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance"
I'd also include my college textbook by Charles Horngren: "Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis"
And why not "Who moved my cheese?"


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