The Book List


Leadership and Communication SKILLS

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown. To date most leadership literature has been about how to get people to bend to your will. Brene Brown flips it on you with truths like “it’s not fear holding you back, it’s your armor.”

The Servant as a Leader, Robert Greenleaf. Chances are you’ve quoted from this and you think you know what it says. It’s a short little pamphlet, only 64 pages. It’s worth reading for real.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni. Is your leadership team an actual team or just representing their departments? What can you do to make teams act like a team?

If I understood you, would I have this look on my face? Alan Alda. Yes, the actor. Alan Alda has worked to help scientists communicate better using improv techniques, and it can help team communications too.


Future of work
(AKA transformation)

Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan.
Great framework for building an Organization’s Operating System. I wish I had written this book!

Corporate Tides, Robert Fritz.Transformation rests on our understanding of organizational tensions. If you have conflicting tensions or no tension, you’ll fail.

The New Economics, W. Edwards Deming. . Like Corporate Tides, this is an old book. The information never gets old, and we’re still not doing it!



Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins. This is the defacto standard guide for Agile Coaches.

The Principles of Product Development Flow, Donald Reinertsen. The seminal work on managing they way work flows through an organization.

The Lean Machine, Dantar Oosterwal. How Harley Davidson achieved agility. Great case study of Harley’s journey to Agility.



The Anatomy of Peace, The Arbinger Institute. Transcending the anger and anxiety of work an lead to happiness and success. But how? This book has some great practices and really shifts your perspective.

Radical Wholeness, Philip Shepherd. Compartmentalizing doesn’t end well. Bringing your whole self to work is better.

The Surrender Experiment. Michael Singer. Surrender to the flow of the universe, stop fighting it.