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Absolutely -- more fuel efficient is always a good thing = I think very few consumers would argue that -- and the truck is still plenty strong, heavy and powerful for almost any need. They took a good thing and made it even better -- well-played!Thoughtful business risk-taking - a key skill of great leaders!
Bob -- I love your blog and I have read all of the books on your list - all superb. I read about 100 to 120 business books a year, and have every year since 1989 - recently I was asked for a list of business books that are the most useful for running a business well. Not theoretical or philosophical -- but more on the practical side -- here is that list: ** In no particular order** 1. In Search of Excellence -- Tom Peters 2. The Little BIG Things – Tom Peters 3. Good to Great -- Jim Collins 4. Built to Last -- Jim Collins 5. What Really Works -- Joyce, Nohria, Roberson 6. The Leadership Challenge -- Kouzes and Posner 7. Authentic Leadership -- Bill George 8. Indispensable – Joe Callaway 9. Becoming a Category of One – Joe Calloway 10. The Discipline of Teams -- Katzenbach and Smith 11. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team -- Patrick Lencioni 12. Team Building (fourth edition) -- Dyer, Dyer and Dyer 13. Lessons in Excellence from Charlie Trotter -- Paul Clarke 14. Kiss Theory Goodbye -- Bob Prosen 15. Mavericks at Work -- Taylor and LaBarre 16. On Becoming a Leader -- Warren Bennis 17. The Great Game of Business -- Jack stack 18. The Starbucks Experience -- Joseph Michelli 19. The New Gold Standard -- Joseph Michelli 20. Customers for Life – Carl Sewell 21. At America's Service -- Karl Albrecht 22. The Northbound Train -- Karl Albrecht 23. Leading People -- Robert Rosen 24. The Definitive Drucker -- Elizabeth Edersheim 25. What the Best CEOs know – Krames 26.Teaching the Elephant to Dan ce -- James Belasco 27. If Aristotle ran General Motors -- Tom Morris 28. The Rockefeller Habits – Vern Harnish 29. The Orange Revolution – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton 30. All In – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton 31. Nobel Enterprise – Darwin Gillette 32. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne 33. Primal Leadership – Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee 34. The Leader of the Future – Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard 35. Execution – Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan 36. Love is the Killer App -- Tim Sanders 37. Start with Why – Simon Sinek 38. Up Your Business -- Dave Anderson 39. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time – Jack Covert and Todd Stattersten 40. Simply Better – Patrick Barwise and Sean Meehan 41. Referral Engine – John Jantsch 42. Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch 43. Managing with a Conscience – Frank Sonnenberg 44. Six Disciplines Execution Revolution – Gary Harpst 45. Repeatability – James Allen and Chris Zook 46. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries 47. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuck 48. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk 49. Firms of Endearment - Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe, Jagdish N. Sheth 50. Leading in a Culture of Change- Michael Fullan I could easily recommend 75 or 80 more, but I think that if you were to read these books they would give you the best overall view on how to build, lead and grow a highly successful organization. If you do not see one of your VERY favorites, please send me a note in case I have not read it yet.
Robert, you have touched on here, what I believe is one of the core fundamental truths of creating a successful life: "You become what you focus on and similar to the people you surround yourself with." Whatever you fill your mind with and whoever you spend your time with - will directly determine what your life will look like a decade from now... period! I make this a part of my life by hosting a MasterMind Group at my home once a month. 16 or so of the most successful, kind, honest and generous CEOs in the city where I live -- we get together -- withy out wives -- and spend several hours discussing important topics and helping each other - it is truly wonderful and life-changing. I also surround myself with the smartest people in the world through books and on-line courses/videos (like TED Talks) - so I am constantly surrounded by great information and amazing people - and it has made ALL the difference in my life!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2012 on The Power of the People Around You at Bob Sutton
Thanks for letting your followers know about READITFOR.ME and my book -- I also have a really robust (and free) companion website to the book that has a ton of great info and links -- here it is:
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