I love getting book recommendations from friends and colleagues. So I asked a bunch of people for the best book they read in 2015. Becky Robinson helped me reach out to the LeadChange Group for more recommendations. The result is more than fifty recommendations for books to read.
They’re not all business. There are novels and mysteries and history and sociology and theology and science fiction. Here’s a really interesting fact about the list. Only four books were mentioned more than once. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, and Laszlo Bock’s Work Rules were mentioned twice each.
So browse the list below for some great ideas about books to read in 2016. Think of it as a crowdsourced list of the best books to read.
The recommendations are in no particular order. There are links to the recommender’s web site when one was provided.
Mary Jo Asmus chose The Soul of an Octopus: a Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
Jennifer Miller chose Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Extraordinary Performance and Breakthrough Results by Bob Anderson and Bill Adams
Bob Tiede chose Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others by Cheryl Bachelder
Lolly Daskal chose Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers by Elizabeth Samet
Paula Kiger chose THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Mary Schaefer chose Playing it Forward: Because Fun Matters for Employees, Customers and Bottom Line by Nat Measley and Nick Gianoulis
Ben Eubanks chose The Front-Line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up by Chris Van Gorder
Byron Ernest chose A year with Peter Drucker: 52 weeks of coaching for leadership effectiveness by J. A. Maciariello
Marion Mouton chose Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game by Mark Miller
Marcella Bremer chose Cultures and Organizations – Software of the Mind – Intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival by Geert Hofstede, Gert-Jan Hofstede and Michael Minkov
Wil Davis chose Focus by Daniel Goleman
Pooja Rathore chose Aging As A Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide To Growing Older And Wiser by Lewis Richmond
Mike Henry, Sr. chose The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
Rebecca Henderson chose Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
Paul Hebert chose Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value by Thomas Lockwood
Suzi McAlpine chose Triggers – Creating Behaviour that Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith
Stephen J. Gill chose THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
James daSilva chose The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry
If you’d like to see another “crowdsourced” list of reading recommendations, Dan Rockwell posted one on his site. He called it “Books the “Freaks” Recommend.”