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John Spence

I just posted a video blog challenging folks to read 12 business books in 2012 -- which would actually put you in the top 1% in the world for self learning/self-improvement reading!!! here is a link to the blog –

And if you'd like my list of the top 100 or so business books I've ever read just sent me a note and I will be happy to send it to you.

Beverly Peterson

Great list! Thanks for a really thoughtful compilation. Glad to learn about Pixar's civility code. I've heard that animation houses are a nightmare.

Bob Sutton


There YOU go again,challenging me.I will read Great By Choice. I have known Morten Hansen for a good 15 years or more, and he is very talented guy. I was frankly quite put of by the excessive claims in Good to Great, although I liked the ideas and writing style. I am hoping that by having a real scholar like Morten in the mix -- rather than a fake one like Collins, if he were a doctor, he would be quack -- has repaired things. As for Team of Rivals, great book, that one is worth turning it up to 12.

Wally Bock

There you go again, Bob, challenging me to evaluate my reading list. I read Progress Principle this year and immediately began recommending it to those who asked for an alternative to Dan Pink's speechwriter's approach to motivation. It's one of the best books I've read in years.

Alas, the Kahneman book has been on my "must-read" list for a couple of years now. I'll have to move it up and apply some discipline to get started reading it. Thanks for pointers to two books I wasn't really aware of before reading this list, The Pixar Touch and Collaboration. BTW, I think you should get to Great by Choice. I think the Collins/Hansen partnership is a very good one.

I find that most of my "boss" readers don't read a lot of political history. Because of that, I'd replace your Panama Canal book with Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It's great history with great lessons for any boss who works with teams, with is all of them.

I suspect you're too modest to mention your own work, but two of your books are in my must read list. There's Good Boss, Bad Boss for one. I'd supplement it with Linda Hill and Kent Lineback's Being the Boss. And I love your book with Jeffrey Pfeffer, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense.

Another suggestion from among fairly recent books is David Maister's wonderful Strategy and the Fat Smoker.

OK, that's it. Now I'm waiting for the Amazon gift cards that will enable me to buy some of these. Thanks for kick-starting my thinking about what to read.

Bob Sutton

I just remembered that I did a list kind of like this one about 15 months ago. It overlaps some with this one, but it has more differences than similarities.

I guess I get the urge to think about this once a year or so!

Tom H

I think any list of "best" management books is incomplete without Scholtes' "Leader's Handbook."


Here is another top ten list to consider:


@work_matters Would you recommend Made to Stick over Switch?


There are many business books that are written each year. But nothing compares to "Managing With A Conscience"(2nd ed) by Frank Sonnenberg which was released last month.

Frank's book "Managing With A Conscience" is a not only a business book but it’s a leadership book that transcends theory and philosophy and gets right down to the tools and tactics that every organization needs.

What makes this book stand out from the rest is that "Managing with a Conscience" has heart. It is practical, pragmatic, and passionate.

Frank Sonnenberg doesn't disappoint. This book is a brilliant read.

I highly recommend this great read!

Lolly Daskal
Lead From Within

Keith Rozario

For motivation:
Drive by Daniel Pink &
Start with Why by Simon Sinek

For obliterated the Talent myth:
Mindset by Carol Dweck,
Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin,

For Story-telling:
Resunate by Nancy Duarte &
The story factor by Annette Simmons

For understanding failure:
Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
Mistakes were made(but not by me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Arronson

For understanding small change:
Adapt by Tim Harford
Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

For understanding Happiness:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin &
Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligmann
Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

Elena Bonnet

Do you always keep it this real? I loved my visit to your Blog and I am looking forward to come back again. Honest and clever, what a rare combination! ~ Elena

Jared Cosulich

You've just put a wrecking ball through my current reading list. Luckily I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Progress Principle, so at least I have a bit of a head start.

And I already agree with The Progress Principle being placed at #1 on this list. Easily one of the most important business books I've ever read.


Sorry to see that, "Purpose" by Nikos Mourkogiannis didn't make your list.

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