Browse through the books we’ve read as a team during our weekly book studies, and see how they changed our perspectives and our habits.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
This book is pretty different than those we’ve read before in that it asks us to think much more deeply about ourselves as we read; an inside-out approach to learning.
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Getting Naked: A Business Fable
Spoiler alert: everyone in this book remains fully clothed for the length of the story.
Patrick Lencioni is perhaps best known for his ability to take complex leadership models and weave them into compelling stories that he calls “fables.” They’re a favorite among our team for their easy reading and multi-layered lessons.
Reading about the power that vulnerability in the workplace can have in a business spurred our team to dig up the data and produce our first annual busy season report. We shared not only the big picture of who our clients are and how many we have, but also how long each team member worked each week on average and how many audits each one is responsible for.
It may not have revolutionized everything we do here, but this book was a timely reminder that being vulnerable is hard but necessary work for companies to encourage among their team members and in their policies.
The Ideal Team Player
It’s not often we come across a book that changes the way we work, speak, and think, which is what makes The Ideal Team Player unique. Its simple and profound model became a part of our weekly meetings, hiring process, and conversations and continues to shape our firm.
We all recognized the characters in the fable, from the skillful politicians to the bulldozers, from previous jobs and former colleagues, which made the story even easier to understand. The simple venn diagram of the overlapping virtues of “Hungry,” “Humble,” and “Smart” gave us a simple visual to distill the story and model into a shareable graphic.
Since reading this book as a team, we have made it part of the required reading list for new hires, making sure everyone who joins our team will speak the same vocabulary and enjoy this valuable lesson.
Developing The Leader Within You 2.0
John C. Maxwell
John announced this revision of his classic leadership book, Developing The Leader Within You during a conference in 2017, and the way in which he did it made us pre-order a whole case.
He said that his publisher required revisions or additions to at least 15% of the original content, but as John started to read through and make his changes, he realized how much he’d learn in the decades since it was released.
The final tally of revised content for the re-release was 89%.
We felt this wealth of wisdom as we read this book, seeing John’s famous foundational leadership lessons in an updated light. We gleaned a lot of great quotes from this book, including one of our favorites: “Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.”
We started book studies in 2014, and in that time, we’ve read quite a few books. Here’s what we have on our bookshelf.
Who Moved My Cheese?
John G. Miller
Peter B. Kyne
Bob Burg and John David Mann
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John C. Maxwell