It’s all about the books

You can never under-estimate the benefits of reading books.

they are a small investment but – as Tom Peters said – if you just get a good idea from a book, the return will be huge.

So, being in this New Year propositions mood I wanted to set a goal of reading one business book per month. Here is my list / plan of 12 books for the next 12 months. It’s compiled like a backlog with the front burners on top (I already bought the first 4) and back burners on the bottom (they are actually 21 books, so the last 9 I am not yet sure about them); these books or the order can change in the next months according to what I read / discover / my priorities, etc.)

How did I put together this list? I asked people I trust, role models and looked into several pre-compiled list, as the one the company I work for has or that one prepared by PersonalMBA.

  1. Micro Economy [Economics]
  2. Getting Things Done by David Allen [Work Management]
  3. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton [Personal development]
  4. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie [Relations]
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey [Work Management]
  6. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt & Jeff Cox [Effectiveness]
  7. Lean Thinking by James Womack & Daniel Jones [Effectiveness]
  8. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman [Form and function]
  9. The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer [the art of selling]
  10. Macro Economy [Economics]
  11. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1996, Harper Perennial. [innovate]
  12. Mastery by George Leonard [Personal development]
  13. What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan [the fundamentals]
  14. Getting To Yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton [negotiation]
  15. Six Thinking Hats, Edward De Bono, 1990, Penguin [Innovate]
  16. The Balanced Scorecard, Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, 1996, Harvard Business School Press [think strategically]
  17. Good to Great, Jim Collins, Fast Company, October 2001 [think strategically]
  18. Dot.Con: The Real Story of Why the Internet Bubble Burst. John Cassidy, 2003 [internet]
  19. Riding the Waves of Culture (2nd Ed), Fons Trompennaars & Charles Hampden-Turner, 1997, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing [relations]
  20. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Roger Fisher et al, 1991, Penguin.
  21. The Necessary Art of Persuasion, Jay Conger, Harvard Business Review, May 1998.

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