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Here is my running list of favorite book

My favorite books! A few books that can help you understand how life, work, and the world work.

The lists starts with some books on behavioral psychology especially as it relates to work and managing people. These is a theme throughout as it is of interest to me and underlines just about everything we do at home and at work.

The theme of organizational culture is next on the list. For me this is the soil to building good governments and companies alike.

Books on leadership, measuring success, management systems, negotiating, personal drive and habits, and the role of chance are next – they support the above themes. These are a pillars that support culture and organization frameworks.

Next come books on a range of topics that I find interesting and instructive. They hold great lessons that are transferrable to any field. Those include history, physics, meditation, Zen Buddhism, and breathing techniques.

I like to think that by reading all these books you will learn just about everything you need to know about life 🙂

This is a running list. I add on to it as I discover gems. Dig in:

The book list

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  2. Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  3. Principles: Life & Work by Ray Dalio
  4. Mastery by Robert Greene
  5. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
  6. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson
  7. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  8. Measure What Matters by John Doerr
  9. Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance by McKinsey & Company, Inc. , Tim Koller , Richard Dobbs , Bill Huyett
  10. An Everyone Culture by Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey
  11. The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
  12. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh 
  13. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  14. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  15. Motivational Interviewing by William R. Miller, Stephen Rollnick
  16. Originals by Adam Grant
  17. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  18. Data Science by John D. Kelleher, Brendan Tierney
  19. Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
  20. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
  21. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  22. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  23. The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker, Gary L. Convis
  24. Quiet by Susan Cain
  25. Lee Kuan Yew by Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwill, Ali Wyne, Lee Kuan Yew
  26. The Box by Marc Levinson
  27. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  28. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  29. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
  30. Switch by Dan Heath, Chip Heath
  31. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  32. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  33. Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond
  34. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  35. Rubicon by Tom Holland
  36. Persian Fire by Tom Holland
  37. The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius
  38. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  39. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  40. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  41. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence
  42. River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins
  43. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
  44. Reality is Not What it Seems by Carlo Rovelli
  45. Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  46. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  47. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
  48. Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
  49. Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein
  50. What Is Life by Erwin Schrodinger
  51. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  52. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  53. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  54. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  55. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
  56. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
  57. The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
  58. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  59. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  60. Breath by James Nestor

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