Suggested Business Resources

Here are my strongest recommendation for “game changing” business resources – all permanent parts of my personal library/favorites. I’m confident you’ll gain huge value from them as well. Enjoy!




Fast Company
Harvard Business Review
Strategy + Business
Leadership Journal
Millionaire Blueprints
Chief Executive
Human Resource Executive
Chief Learning Officer
Business 2.0


Lead With Your Customer - Mark David Jones & Jeff Kober

Showcases the strategies and tactics used to "transform culture and brand into world-class excellence". Hand's on "behind-the-scenes" experience of what the most successful, renowned businesses in the world do to achieve consistent results - regardless of industry.  The best "one stop" resource for transforming any business I know of (if I may say so myself - having written this book...)

The ASTD Leadership Handbook - Elaine Biech, editor

"The definitive guide on leadership with the collective wisdom of more than 40 experts in the field".  If you are a student of Leadership, then this book should be in your library. All the best insights from the experts in each area - giving you an unbeatable single resource of latest/greatest information.  (Yes, I'm included - Chapter 12!)

And the rest...

The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Explores foundations of strategy and how to generate dominant power. Also, a keen insight into the eastern business mind – as this is considered required reading. War…what an art!

The Borderless World – Kenichi Ohmae
Another classic on eastern corporate success. Strategy – particularly innovation - on a global scale. Fantastic insight regarding globalization. Worth pushing past the dense sections.

Built to Last – Jim Collins & Jerry Porras
Great dissection of the impact of core values/purpose and how world-class businesses align all operations for integrity and optimal results. And yes, Disney is featured.

The Change Masters – Rosabeth Moss Canter
Studies the factors that drive corporate change initiatives from a human relations perspective. One of the first to introduce the concept of empowerment. First female Harvard Business Review editor too!

Competing for the Future – Gary Hamel & C. K. Prahalad
Reinvented strategy focusing on broader possibilities, rather than limited extensions of a company’s/industries past. They changed the strategy game, in my opinion. Finally!

Competitive Strategy – Michael Porter
Placed strategy at the forefront of current management thinking. Focus on differentiation and combining strategies. The guy has some attitude…I like that!

The Discipline of Market Leaders – Michael Tracy & Fred Wiersema
Changing the rules using disciplined action via service and improving value. Really shows how industrial competition is a vital consideration. Not for the faint of heart.

The Effective Executive – Peter F. Drucker
The late “dean of business studies” explores the five practices of senior leaders and how to best lead an organization via priorities, resources, decision making, and integration. Da man!

First, Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
One of best business trends/causes studies by one of the most respected research organizations. Gallup’s “cheeky monkey’s” Marcus and Curt connect all the dots in a popular favorite.

Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher & William Ury
Brings negotiation, in all its daily forms, into a relationship-building position. Focusing on interests and collaboratively generating solutions that benefit both parties. Deal maker!

Good to Great – Jim Collins
Seriously researched by Jim and his graduate students, a great historical resource for understanding sustainable growth. Not bad for a middle-aged rock climber.

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Practical advice on face-to-face communication. Clear connection of communication to success. He’s a classic author for a reason. Learn from the master.

Intellectual Capital – Thomas Stewart
Both strategic and tactical applications of Knowledge Management for an improved competitive edge. The message?: Grow it. Use it. Keep it. Enough said!

The Knowledge-Creating Company – Ikujiro Nonaka & Hirotaka Takeuchi
How collecting and using organizational knowledge can lead to innovation and can become a catalyst to and energized workforce/results. A little academic, but well worth it.

Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge – Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus
Shows how leadership is open to all. A comprehensive overview of the skills common to excellent leaders and how to develop them. What a dream team of business genius!

Leadership is an Art – Max DePree
A beautifully written book about how leadership is more than a list of things to do; it is about the visible/practiced signs of our commitment and passion for our team and our cause. A grand old man with a timeless heart.

Leading Change – John P. Kotter
A compelling overview of the organizational change process – especially why change often fails. John “gets it” and his string of business bestsellers prove it.

The Mind of the Strategist – Kenichi Ohmae
How eastern and western approaches to strategy differ. Great cultural insights, but not exactly a breezy read. Carve out some serious time for this one.

Motivation and Personality – Abraham Maslow
Introduction to the classic Hierarchy of Needs. Helped make human relations a professional discipline. All hail the hierarchy. The concept has been beaten to a pulp and it still stands.

Organizational Culture and Leadership – Edgar H. Schein
Clarifies corporate culture in a way no other book has. Highlights why it is impossible to improve a corporation until you can understand its culture. Oh, and he claims he’s “still alive”.

Organizational Learning – Chris Argyris & Donald Schon
Showcases the ultimate competitive advantage of capturing corporate learning/growth. Also, a fine exploration of how innovation, teamwork, and individual contribution interconnect. Real pioneers.

Organizing Genius – Warren Bennis & Patricia Ward Bieferman
Shows how a collection of collaborate minds always outperforms a group of individuals. And no, I’m not biased because Warren interviewed me for this book. He’s the best author for his height.

Reengineering the Corporation – James Champy & Michael Hammer
Often misinterpreted approach to revolutionary process improvement. Gets into the trenches.

Toyota Production System – Taiichi Ohno
An informative peek at the benchmark in corporate problem solving and production efficiency. Great for lean fans without getting too “geeked out” on Six Sigma content.

Visionary Leadership – Burt Nanus
One of the best books on Vision – showing how leaders can know where to lead. The “Managing From the Middle” chapter is a personal favorite.