Adventures in Reading

They say you should be as careful with what you put in your mind as you are with what you put in your mouth. Just as we are what we eat, we are what we read about.

Inspired by a reading list created by Tom Moradpour (see the original here) this page is a record of the books and authors that got me here, the books I have visited recently and the books I am planning to read in 2011.

My reading library consists mostly of business, leadership and strategy books with a smattering of creative arts and biography thrown in for good measure. Not every book I read is a weighty tome of unique insight and inspiration. Some are chosen for their light entertainment value and some to match a particular need. Not all the books I choose are read in sequence. Sometimes I detour to take in a little extra sight-seeing along the route or return to well loved and familiar places to find a particular piece of insight or perspective needed to suit the occasion.

For each of the books I am planning to read during 2011, I will post a review as completed. For some of the old favourites or ‘recently inspired by’ titles, I will post a review as I am able.

If you have ‘must visit’ books to suggest for my adventures in reading, please post a comment and let me know.

20 of my all time favourites – the ones that got me here:

Good to GreatJim Collins

The Trusted AdvisorDavid Maister (with Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford)

First break all the Rules – Marcus Buckingham

The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker

Competing for the Future – Gary Hamel & C.K. Prahalad

Leading the RevolutionGary Hamel

Relationship Marketing – Helen Peck, Adrian Payne, Martin Christopher, Moira Clark

Marketing & The Bottom Line – Tim Ambler

Execution – Ram Charan

The Leadership Pipeline – Ram Charan

Positioning, the battle for your mind – Al Ries

Blue Ocean Strategy – W Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne

Idea Spotting – Sam Harrison

Purple Cow – Seth Godin

Linchpin – Seth Godin

Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath

Getting Things Done – David Allen

The Speed of Trust – Stephen Covey

Change the Way you Lead Change – David M. Herold & Donald B. Fedor

Fierce Conversations – Susan Scott

Recently Inspired by:

Rework – Jason Fried and David  Heinemeier Hansson

Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead – David Meerman  Scott and Brian Halligan

The Five Most Important Questions – Peter Drucker

Trust Agents – Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

UnMarketing – Scott Stratten

The Now Revolution – Jay Baer and Amber Naslund [REVIEW]

Evil Plans – Hugh McLeod

Inside Steve’s Brain – Leander Kahney

How to be a Fierce Competitor – Jeffrey J. Fox

Crush It! – Gary Veynerchuk

(check back frequently for more reviews – coming soon)

My current reading pile – just waiting for me to explore…

WikiBrands – Sean Moffitt and Mike Dover

Content Rules – CC Chapman and Ann Handley

How did I get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO – Tony Hawk

Practically Radical – William C Taylor

Real Time Marketing & PR – David Meerman Scott

The New How: Creating Business Solutions through Collaborative Strategy – Nilofer Merchant

Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

Little Big Things – Tom Peters

The Design of Business – Roger Martin

Drive – Daniel Pink

A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink

Igniting the Third Factor – Dr Peter Jensen

The Mirror Test – Jeffrey Hayzlett

The Dragonfly Effect – Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith

Switch – Chip and Dan Heath


4 Responses to “Adventures in Reading”

  1. People of the Lie – M Scott Peck – perhaps the most transformational book of my life.

    Now Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal

    Great List – 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting Sam. I hadn’t heard of the Peck book, although I must confess I focus on the inherent good in (most) people rather than the evil (in the few). Perhaps I’ll have to take a look and have my mind stretched by an alternative view. The Jane McGonigal book also looks fascinating. So THATS where ‘#gamification’ is coming from then… I definitely believe in the purposeful learning power of games and role-playing. Mmmm my list keeps growing!

  2. Just one: ‘The Art of Servant Leadership,’ by Tony Barron

    (Redeemed my mind doldrums of pure disillusionment)

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