12 Books Executives Are Reading Right Now

What books are executives and thought leaders reading? We’re curious so we’ve been asking business & HR leaders and thought leaders for their recommendations.

Here are the books you should be checking out next:

  1. Execution by Larry Bossidy and Management in Ten Words by Terry Leahy. The APAC and Japan President of an information technology company often gives a copy of these two books to new additions to the management team.
  2. First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. The CEO & Founder of a strengths-based consultancy suggested this book for people to think about how to maintain employee engagement.
  3. Work Rules!, Laszlo Bock, suggested by a Group CHRO at a software company. “Work Rules makes you think about why Google has changed people practices. It comes down to equal parts innovation and keeping an open mind, but backed by data.”
  4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, suggested by a Commerical Director at a professional association. This book explains that at one point in our history, homo sapiens were just one of six sapien species. But how was it that our species was the one that survived?
  5. Leading Organizational Design, Gregory Kesler & Amy Kates and Mastering the Cube, Reed Deshler, Kreig Smith & Alyson Von Feldt, suggested by a CHRO at a medical device company. The HR team at this company uses both books to think strategically about the company’s next steps.
  6. The Hard Things About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz, suggested by a Co-founder at a marketing intelligence technology company. “I’d recommend this book to any leader in a start-up who’s facing some hard times.”
  7. The End of Competitive Advantage by Rita Gunter McGrath and People Data: How to Use and Apply Human Capital Metrics in your Company, suggested by Head of Research at a professional organisation. “The End of Competitive Advantage is a book where few people appreciate the implications.”
  8. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and It Can’t Happen Here by Upton Sinclair, suggested by a Professor at an Ivy League university. “I’ve recently returned to reading fiction. It Can’t Happen Here is a timely read.” 
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