Here is a sample of books I really enjoyed reading. I recommend them for tech leaders.
- No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer, best-selling author of The Culture Map and one of the world's most influential business thinkers, dive deep into the controversial ideologies at the heart of the Netflix psyche.
- Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell. The unknwown life of the man behind the success of Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.
- The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change. A must-read if you're wondering whether you should be a manager.
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle.
- In the Company of Giants: Candid Conversations with the Visionaries of the Digital World. Remarkable interviews of sixteen titans of the tech industry. Published in 1997. A jewel to read in the hindsight.
- Mindset. How a simple idea about the brain can be the basis for great accomplishment. Praised by Satya Nadella as an inspiration for his company's culture change.
- The Advantage. A comprehensive exploration of the unique advantages organization health provides.
- Extreme ownership. Two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow. This book will change the way you think about thinking.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. A powerful guide to your habits and the ones of others.
- Freakonomics: Revised Edition. Why you should not be surprised by things you found surprising.
- Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman offers wonderfully imagined tales that shine a brilliant light on the here and now.
- Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. A witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveal about ourselves and our world.
- Never Split the Difference. A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations - whether in the boardroom or at home.
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. How to talk to the rational mind and the emotional mind to make real change happen.
- Non-Violent Communication. A must-read to learn how to talk to each other, both at work and in our private lives.
- Inspired. Technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides listeners with a master class in how to structure and staff a vibrant and successful product organization and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love.
- Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It. Aimed at a business and general non-fiction readership, DEMAND is a book which searches for clues as to where demand really comes from, and why, and how we might control it.
- This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See. Seth Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one compact, accessible, and timeless package.
- Monetizing Innovation: How Smart Companies Design the Product Around the Price
- No filter: the inside story of Instragram. A true story written like a thriller.
- The Innovator's Dilemma. Innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right - yet still lose market leadership.
- Zero to One. Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel has learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX.
- Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched SpaceX. The dramatic inside story of the first four historic flights that launched SpaceX - and Elon Musk - from a shaky startup into the world's leading-edge rocket company.
- How Apollo Flew to the Moon. David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the moon and its exploration of the surface.
- Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants.
- Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. No matter what your level of technical savvy, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.
- Where is Everybody?. A comprehensive review of the reasons why we have not encountered evidence, messages, or artifacts of extraterrestrial life?
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.
- A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.
- Stumbling on Happiness. Renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions.
- The Intelligent Investor. A must-read for investors, and why you will always do worse than unmanaged indices on the stock market.
- Walden. At Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau reflected on simpler living in the natural world.