Here’s a “library” you may find helpful as you build your company, culture, leadership approach and team…



Books by Category




  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

  • Winning by Jack Welch

  • Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley


  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan


  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (Zappos)


  • The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley

  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

  • Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson


  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

  • The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker 


  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

  • Bill & Dave: How Hewlett Packard Built the World’s Greatest Company by Michael Malone

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz

  • Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOMS Shoes) video from author

  • Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey

PEOPLE OPERATIONS (aka Human Resources)

  • Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock

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Videos Worth Watching

How to Save the World (or At Least Yourself) from Bad Meetings (David Grady Ted Talk)
Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed (Ric Elias)
How to Make Better Decisions (Baba Shiv, Stanford Professor)
How to Succeed? Get More Sleep (Arianna Huffington)
The Business of Business Is People Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines founder and former CEO)
The Essence of Leadership (Colin Powell)
Everyday Leadership (Drew Dudley Ted Talk)
Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work (Jason Fried’s Ted Talk)
The Key to Success? Grit. (Angela Duckworth’s Ted Talk)
Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Commencement 2005
Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardner in South Central LA (Serves as a healthy reminder to be bold and to challenge the status quo)

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