Our Favorite Books

Below you'll find some of our favorite books ... and books that we highly recommend for your "must read" list. Note that if you click on the links or images below and purchase the book from Amazon.com, we get a few cents for your efforts. It's not much, but it adds up and helps us with the Manager Tools bandwidth costs! Thanks in advance for the support!

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The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

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Management: Tasks Responsibilities Practices by Peter Drucker

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The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

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The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving

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First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman

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Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini

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Managing With Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations by Jeffrey Pfeffer

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The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First by Jeffrey Pfeffer

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Winning 'em Over by Jay A. Conger

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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

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Say It With Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication by Gene Zelazny

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Say It with Presentations: How to Design and Deliver Successful Business Presentations by Gene Zelazny

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Customers For Life: How To Turn That One-Time Buyer Into a Lifetime Customer by Carl Sewell, Paul B. Brown

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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+: Your Insider's Lifetime Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progress in the 21st Century by John Lucht

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The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

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The Talent Solution: Aligning Strategy and People to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Edward Gubman

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Heart of Change by John Kotter

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John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do edited by John Kotter

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Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras

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

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Love Is the Killer App : How to Win Business and Influence Friends by Tim Sanders

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Never Eat Alone : And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz

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The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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Growing a Business by Paul Hawken

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In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters

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The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by by Eliyahu Goldratt, Jeff Cox

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty by Harvey Mackay

I'm not a manager. Still, I have found

I'm not a manager. Still, I have found your podcast to be invaluable in developing efficient work habits and communication skills. I have downloaded all of your shows and am slowly working though each and every one of them. Keep up the good work!

Arildjensen- Thanks for the kind

Arildjensen-

Thanks for the kind words! Manager Tools is for people in your role, as well. Much of being a manager is about being a good communicator and being an overall contributor to organizational success.

It's a privilege to serve you; let us know how we can help you.

Mark

Great stuff guys - keep it coming.

Great stuff guys - keep it coming. I've shared some of your podcasts with my CEO and suggested that maybe we work this into our management training program for the entire management staff (~60 people). I dont think our managers have received formal training in any of the areas that you've covered in the podcasts.

I look forward to each week's presentation and have listened to several more than once!

Gentleman, You need to write a book!

Gentleman,

You need to write a book! I love the podcasts but being able to reach for a book as a quick reference would be invaluable. I think both you have great ability to distill problems/issues to a few core principles. A book focused on core management principles and career advancement would be great.

I would buy one!

thanks,

Bill

That's an interesting selection of

That's an interesting selection of books. I'd just like to add my request that you annotate each choice with a sentence or three on why you like them (you could use the SEER or SumEx technique ;-)

Thanks for an incredibly useful podcast and resources.

David.

I am reading 'The world is flat' and I

I am reading 'The world is flat' and I am enjoying it so much ;).
I discovered your podcast 4 months ago and I realize that I am a better manager nowadays.

Thank you very much!!

Greatings from Spain :P

Thanks for the kind words! We're glad

Thanks for the kind words! We're glad you're getting value from our work.

You know, with all the international discussions here, cannot believe there isn't more World Cup banter!

Go USA!

Mark

Mark, Thank you so much for making

Mark,

Thank you so much for making this list of books you feel are important. It would be wonderful (I think) if you could keep an updated list of books whom you both think are worth reading, as a young, non-manager, I do my learning through your podcast and the books you recommend and hope to one day be in management.

Bryan
California, USA

Bryan- Thank you for your kind

Bryan-

Thank you for your kind words, AND for the suggestion. The book list is something we have lagged on. I am still reading, and haven't kept this list as up to date as I could.

We'll do better in 2008.

Mark