Recommended Reading & Reference Materials

There are a multitude of excellent books available, and no doubt you have your own personal reference library that you have assembled over your career, but here are a few of our favorites that we consider to be "must reads":

(Lots of Patrick Lencioni books at the top, other great authors and titles at the bottom)

The Advantage
- Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni makes an overwhelming case that organizational health will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. Drawing on his extensive consulting experience and reaffirming many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books, Pat reveals the four actionable steps to achieving long-term, sustainable success.

An organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. The Advantage provides readers with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable about the fascinating, complex world of teams.

The five dysfunctions are:
- Absence of trust
- Fear of conflict
- Lack of commitment
- Avoidance of accountability
- Inattention to results

The Five Temptations of a CEO - Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable with a timeless and potent reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors--behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master.

The five temptations are:
Choosing invulnerability over trust
- Choosing harmony over conflict
- Choosing certainty over clarity
- Choosing popularity over accountability
- Choosing status over results

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive - Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable about a leader's crucial role in building a healthy organization--an often overlooked but essential element of business life that is the linchpin of sustained success.

The four disciplines of a healthy organization are:
- Build and maintain a cohesive leadership team

- Create organizational clarity
- Over-communicate organizational clarity
- Reinforce organizational clarity through human systems

Death by Meeting - Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable about solving the most painful problem in business--and turning meetings into the impactful events they were intended to be.

Politics, Silos, and Turf Wars - Patrick Lencioni

A leadership fable about destroying the barriers that turn colleagues into competitors.

Getting Naked - Patrick Lencioni

A business fable about shedding the three fears that sabotage client loyalty.

The three fears are:
- Fear of losing the business

- Fear of being embarrassed
- Fear of feeling inferior

Good to Great
- Jim Collins

Why some companies make the leap...while others don't.

The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:
- Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness
- The Hedgehog Concept: To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence
- A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results.
- Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.
- The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.

Collins says that some of the key concepts discerned in the study fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.

(How to change things when change is hard) - Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives?

The authors say the primary obstacle is a conflict that's built into our brains. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems--the rational mind and the emotional mind--that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; our emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort--but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

The Servant
(A simple story about the true essence of leadership) - James C. Hunter

An allegory that teaches the timeless principles of Servant Leadership.  The story concerns a troubled executive who is also struggling as a husband, father and coach.  A former Fortune 500 executive (now turned Monk) takes him under his wing and teaches him Servant Leadership - the foundation of which is not power, but authority, which is built upon relationships, love, service, and sacrifice.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Powerful lessons in personal change. The seven habits are:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win/win
- Seek first to understand...then to be understood
- Synergize
- Sharpen the saw

Who (Solve your #1 problem) - Geoff Smart and Randy Street

Knowing what to do is not the major challenge faced by executives--finding who to do it is.

The authors provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls "the single biggest problem in business today": unsuccessful hiring. The good news is that "who" problems are easily preventable.