The average book includes ten chapters. Reading one chapter a day results in reading thirty-six and half books each year! Reading generates ideas. Ideas lead to action.

2020 Books

Currently Reading

Why We Can't Get Along, Al Restivo

The Daily Drucker, Peter F. Drucker


Completed in 2020

Your Marketing Sucks, Mark Stevens

A Patriot's Handbook, Caroline Kennedy

Dodge City, Tom Clavin

Success Mindsets, Ryan Gottfredson

Leadership Prayers, Richard Kriegbaum

Sons of the Profits: The Seattle Story (1851-1901), William C. Speidel

Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Boom, Tom Brokaw

Decision Points, George W. Bush

Progress and Poverty, Henry George

The Five Most Important Questions, Peter F. Drucker

Toxic People, Marsha Petrie Sue

Old-Time Baseball, Harvey Frommer

My India. The India Eternal, Swami Vivekananda

How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie (Re-read annually)

The Bully Pulpit, Doris Kearns Goodwin

How the Other Half Lives, Jacob A. Riis

The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom

On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

Wilson, A. Scott Berg

Jewels of Allah, Nina Ansary

2019 Books Read

The Pioneers, David McCullogh
Gerald J. Boileau and the Progressive-Farmer-Labor Alliance, James, J. Florence
Heartland, Sarah Smarsh
The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek
Self Leadership & the One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Susan Fowler 
Shine, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. (Second read)
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, David Epstein
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, Ben Reiter
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee *****
Collective Genius, Linda A. Hill
Helpning People Change, Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith, Ellen Van Oosten
Coaching for Performance, Sir John Whitmore
After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom, Alice Marie Johnson
The Grind: inside Baseball's Endless Season, Barry Svrluga
A Man (Cola Hudson) and His Kingdom, John LaBarge
Grant, Ron Chernow
Going the Other Way, Billy Beane with Chris Bull
Becoming a Resonant Leader, Annie McKee, Richard Boyatzis, Frances Johnston
The Strategy Book, Max McKeown
Answering Why, Mark Perna
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
Henry Clay, James Klotter
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, Lynne Cheney
Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, William C. Davis
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, Richard Brookhiser
On Becoming a Leader, Warren Bennis
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Amy Cuddy
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of America, Richard White
Self-Leadership, Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler
The Leadership Pipeline 2E, Ram Charam, Stephen Drotter, James Noel
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey


2018 Books Read

The Girl from Aleppo: Hujeen's Esacpe from War to Freedom, Nujeen Mustafa with Christine Lamb
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Zora Neale Hurston
Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
Miracle in Shreveport: A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium that Built a Dream, David and Jason Benjamin
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness, Harlow Giles Unger (Audible)
Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson
Eisenhower, Paul Johnson (Audible)
William Henry Harrison: The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office, Charles River Editors (Audible)
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester Arthur, Scott S. Greenberger (Audible)
Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (About) Everything Wrong, Kristen Hadeed*****

This is a quick read. It is a heartfelt, real-life story about the courage and experience it takes to grow as a leader. I do not remember who recommended it to me. Whoever you are, thank you. I will pay you forward by telling anyone who wants to lead to read this book!

Don't Take It to Work, Sylvia Lafair
John Quincy Adams, Harlow Giles Unger
Power Questions: Build Relationships, win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel, and Jerold Panas
Gender Stories: Negotiating  Binary World, Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, Karen A. Foss
Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What Questions to Ask, Michael Marquardt
Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling, Edgar H. Shine
Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement, Bill Sims, Jr.
The Wide Circumference of Love, Marita Golden *****
HR and the New Hispanic Workforce: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating and Leveraging Employee Success, Louis E.V. Nevaer and Vaso Perimenis Ekstein
Grover Cleveland, Henry F. Graff (Audible)
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Great Managers, Stan Slap
Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas
Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People, Edward M. Hallowell, MD
Through Five Administrations, William H. Crook (Audible)
William McKinley, Kevin Phillips (Audible)
You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen (Audible)


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