Recommended Reading

Recommended reading on innovation, thinking, decision making, IT and process improvement. Will add to this list from time to time.

  1. Enterprise 2.0 by McAfee.  This is one of the best books about the new tools and ideas that are sweeping through companies.  I wrote about this book earlier here.
  2. In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing by May.  Elegant solutions and what they look like.  I wrote about this here.
  3. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You"" by Pariser.  A customized internet just for you.
  4. The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It""  by Zittrain.  Some things to consider about the internet and what is possible.  He is a great speaker.
  5. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by Gleick.  A great history of this topic and its implications which I wrote about here.
  6. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable"" by Taleb.  If you spend time thinking about business continuity, this might be a book for you.  I wrote about risk in this earlier post.
  7. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure"" by Hartford.  A great book that talks about the need to adapt to changing conditions.
  8. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business (Collins Business Essentials)"" by Christiansen.
  9. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right"" by Atul Gawande which is a great book about process control and getting things done right.  Highly recommended.
  10. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance"" also by Gawande.  Another great book about the importance of measuring things.
  11. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success is a recent book and most of the examples are marketing related, but it is a good book about taking the simple path.
  12. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization is an older book but one that must be on this list. Systems thinking. Read it. There is a recent post online about Learning Organizations which is related.
  13. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation is a favorite of all time.  So many good ideas in this one.
  14. Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship
  15. The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks.
  16. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement is a classic.
  17. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
  18. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
  19. Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies by Geoffrey West. One of the most fascinating and insightful books I’ve read in ages. Have listened to it twice on Audible and bought a copy to put on my shelf.
  20. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B Peterson.

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