Summer Reading List

One of my most-read and commented-on blogs each year is my summer reading list contribution.  So stock up on sunscreen, hit the beach or the pool, and check out some of the books on my reading list as you enjoy the Memorial Day to Labor Day reading festivities.


Reagan: An American Journey
by Bob Spitz

A biography usually makes the list and the story of our 40th President from poor, young Midwesterner, to Hollywood, to government, to the presidency is worth examining.  The author is a New York Times bestselling biographer and fellow alum of Albright College which also adds to my interest.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead & Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

This one has sat on my shelf for too long.  Recommended to me by a trusted friend, Extreme Ownership translates the leadership mindset of Navy Seals to any team, business or organization.


The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity 
by Daniel Burrus

Technology changes continue to disrupt and seem to be doing so at an accelerating pace.  In The Anticipatory Organization, Burrus separates the disruptor from the disrupted and explains how to spot the Hard Trends from the might-happen Soft Trends.  Understanding how to anticipate may make all the difference in making change your advantage.


Off-Centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth
by Sam Calagione

Mixing two of my favorite things: organizational culture and craft beer – the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery explores what happens when companies stop competing and start collaborating — both externally in the marketplace and internally in building a culture of communication, trust and alignment. Can’t wait to enjoy a 60-minute IPA and read this one on the beach.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

I love a book that causes me to think or ponder a different perspective.  Sapiens by Professor Harari promises to be such a book for this summer.  A bestseller, which explores the ways in which biology and history defined our species, provides the potential to be interesting and perhaps enhance my understanding of what it means to be “human.”


Over The Top: Moving from Survival to Stability, from Stability to Success, from Success to Significance
by Zig Ziglar

I usually like to pull a classic from my library and re-read the timeless knowledge contained therein. I believe I first read Zig Ziglar in the mid-90’s, and I recall adopting his principles for success.  It’s been awhile since I revisited and I’m certainly due for a refresher.  And no, absolutely nothing to do with Sylvester Stallone and arm-wrestling!!


The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

Recommended to me by Andesa project manager Steph Corby (as well as a few others), Daniel Coyle’s latest offering unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups by examining and stressing the importance of culture.  A natural fit to the work which leaders at Andesa are engaged, I’m eager to dive into this one – perhaps a future Book Club offering.


Brave Companions
by David McCullough

Hard to believe that I have not read everything Mr. McCullough has written (I haven’t), but I continue to add a book each year to my list.  Brave Companions tells the stories of individuals of great vision, purpose and whose achievements continue to inspire us.  What might studying the lives of others inspire in me or what might I learn for my own journey?  Can’t wait to dig into this one.


Good Leaders Ask Great Questions
by John Maxwell

John Maxwell is one of those leadership authors who makes my list each year.  His faith-based perspective challenges and inspires me to be a better leader. As one who strives to be better each year and help my team grow, I have witnessed first-hand the positive power of good questions.  Hoping this helps me move my questioning skills from good to great.

As always, I might have room to squeeze in a couple more books this summer, and I certainly need to start thinking about an autumn reading list.  Would love to hear your latest recommendations – so please share.

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