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Books I Recommend in 2019

January 5, 2019

I have a kindle but nothing compares to...



getting cozy, grabbing my favorite drink, and flipping through the pages of a good book!


Food for thought


“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”- Harry Truman


The truth is reading makes us better thinkers and improves our people skills.  So, I created this list is for readers who don’t have time for complicated, theoretical books.  The books listed below are practical books that I have read or that are my personal reading list.


Business Skills

  1. This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin

  2. Social Media Marketing When You Have No Clue by Gundi Gabrielle

  3. Instagram for Business by Kim Walsh Phillips

  4. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

  5. Tax Savvy for Small Businesses Guide by NOLO

  6. Slideology, The Art & Science of Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

Leadership Skills

  1. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham by Harold Myra and Marshall Shelley

  2. Semper Fi: Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way (added 2019)

  3. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

  4. The Self-Aware Leader by Daniel P. Gallagher and Joseph Costal

  5. Winning with Accountability by Henry J. Evans

  6. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins (these principals can be applied to any business setting)

  7. The Influential Leader by Ann Perle and Allan Halcrow

  8. Matter by Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, PHD

  9. The Art of War for Women by Chin-ning Chu

  10. Positive Leadership Principles for Women by Karol Ladd

Communication Skills

  1. How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

  2. Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono

  3. Smart Thinking by Art Markman

  4. 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking by Linda Elder and Richard Paul

  5. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

  6. Successful Women Speak Differently by Valorie Burton

  7. Keep it Shut by Karen Ehman

  8. Sin and Syntax How to Craft Wicked Good Prose by Constance Hale

Time Management

  1. Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices

  2. Boundaries, When to Say Yes and How to Say No by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  3. Conquer Your Year, The Ultimate Planner by Natalie MacNeil

  4. The Conquer Kit, A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs by Natalie MacNeil

For People Managers

  1. The Boss’s Survival Guide by Bob Rosner, Allan Halcrow, and Alan S. Levins

  2. Investing in What Matters, Linking Employees to Business Outcomes by Scott P. Mondore and Shane S. Douthitt

  3. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord (added 2019)

  4. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier 


Want to continue investing time into your own development?  Then check out the post, "My 7 Top Ted Talks to Inspire Leaders in 2019."  




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