52) Turn the Ship Around! by David Marquet So the last book of 2019 (finally caught up on reviews!) is a book by a submarine captain about how he turned round the worst fleet in the US Navy. Of course, it's actually a leadership / business / management book which shares those lessons in such a… Continue reading Year 4 / Book 52: Turn the Ship Around!
27) The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho and Kim Powell For those of you who actually read this blog regularly, you will have become accustomed to a mix of literary fiction, crime, thrillers and non-fiction books on a range of topics. The latter have tended recently to be fairly wide-ranging: from the opioid crisis… Continue reading Year 4 / Book 27: The CEO Next Door
26) Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis Michael Lewis is now one of the foremost non-fiction chroniclers writing today, particularly as concerns business. I've read The Big Short, Flash Boys, Boomerang, The Blind Side and Moneyball. And if you haven't read the books, then you've probably seen at least one of the films. He has a… Continue reading Year 4 / Book 26: Liar’s Poker
44) The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz This book came to me recommended by the facilitator of the Action Learning Set I'm in for new CEOs (if I can still be counted as new 9 months in). It's written by Ben Horowitz who I hadn't heard of, but is clearly pretty well… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 44: The Hard Thing About Hard Things
28) Evicted by Matthew Desmond Bit of a backlog on updating the reviews, but thought I would get this one in first. It's a painstaking and detailed book about America's housing crisis and its role in he widening inequality in that country. It is, by turns, enlightening and insightful but also bleak, unremitting and depressing.… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 28: Evicted
27) Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock I got given this book when starting my new job (hat tip Jeremy R), and I've been gradually going through it in my first few months, folding down corners of pages and taking notes when coming across a little nugget or two. It's written by Google's Head of HR… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 27: Work Rules!
26) Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff Allende It's rare for me to be reading a book by someone I know - I've known Sam from working in social enterprise for many years, first getting to know him well as one of a selected number of 'ambassadors' for the social enterprise movement a good few… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 26: Be More Pirate
25) The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett The premise of this book is really fascinating. Gillian Tett is a financial journalist, but also a trained anthropologist, and in her writings about the financial crash from 2008 onwards (notably Fool's Gold), she became interested in how internal organisational cultures (and people's behaviours) had led to some… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 25: The Silo Effect
17) Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner One of the best ways to read outside your echo chamber and comfort zone, apart from publicly challenging yourself to read different things, is to be part of a book group. I've found myself part of a work-related book group that is meeting quarterly, and this was… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 17: Superforecasting
11) Janesville by Amy Goldstein I seem to have developed something of a liking for non-fiction books examining the decline of middle America, having read Hillbilly Elegy and the masterly The Unwinding last year. Janesville is an excellent addition to the sub-genre, and well worth a read not only if you're interested in America today,… Continue reading Year 3 / Book 11: Janesville