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March 08, 2007



Matt here - one of my best friends sent me this in response to the link. I thought it was worth reposting as a comment:

"I'll definitely take a look at that, but I don't know, man... I've been leading over 100 people for a while now and I think Good to Great is one of the best leadership books ever written. I've got my own short list that I'll share at some point. Two other great books are Leadership by Rudy Guiliani and Execution by Larry Bossidy. "


i'd have to say made to stick is one of the better business books that i've read in a loooong time, and sure to be one i'll read agfain and again.


Hey Kareem - funny coincidence that we are interviewing Chip Heath (author of Made to Stick) for iinnovate on Tuesday. Let me know if you have any questions for him.

Joy Casey

I read both of Jim Collins' books: "Built to Last" and "Good to Great" and thought they were excellent but I have not read "The Halo Effect" to learn Rosenzweig's opinions.

An older book that's quite good is, "John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do," by John P. Kotter. Speaking of "Harview Business Review," the Kotter book is a Harvard Business Review Book.


What about Dale Carnigie's "how to win friends and influence people" ? Needs to be updated for assholes in life, but still the core core concept is good.


I'm not so sure "The Tipping Point" should make it into anyone's top business book list. It read a lot like Sociology class to me... let's observe the past, classify behavior with perfect 20/20 hindsight and anecdotal evidence. In the last 10 years or so, and numerous jobs, I’ve found that there are two books that I consistently recommend to my co-workers – Crossing the Chasm (a true bible for startups) and Managing at the Speed of Change by Daryl R. Conner. While every consultant I’ve ever worked with jokes despairingly about change management, execution fundamentally comes down to people - and this book provides an interesting perspective (and framework) for understanding, and finding opportunities in change.

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