Recommended Reading List

by | Dec 29, 2022 | Leadership

As you know, I recently spoke with some students at the University of Michigan. I shared with them my list of top ten book recommendations. I’m a big believer in reading, professional development and continually enhancing your skills. This list applies not only to the students at the University of Michigan but to everyone!   

As I share this list with you, reflect on the last year and what you’ve consumed, whether reading or listening. Hopefully I can give you some ideas of books to read or listen to in 2023.  

  1. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell  

It’s classic and easy to read. There are 21 different chapters with lessons in each one. I encourage you to read one at a time and reflect on it, bring it in, and see where you can apply it. Great book!  

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown  

What a great time to think about what’s essential in our lives. Where are we spending our time, money and resources? We all have too much clutter in our lives, homes and calendars. Get down to the essential pieces and where you’re going to move the needle.  

  1. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell  

Fail forward, make mistakes, learn and grow constantly!  

  1. Let Them Lead by John U. Bacon  

Excellent leadership book that I recommended earlier this year. The heart is what makes it great. This book has valuable takeaways for leaders.   

  1. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann  

Talk about servant leadership and getting everything you want by helping others achieve. I love it!   

  1. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon  

It’s about attitude and surrounding yourself with good, positive people. Get rid of those energy vampires who suck the positivity out of you.   

  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy  

We’re sometimes so close to achieving our goals when we decide to give up. We do little things every day, week and month that add up. Consistency and discipline will get us to great achievements.   

  1. Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt  

Eric Schmidt was the CEO of Google. In this book, he talks about Bill Campbell, a CEO coach for Silicon Valley CEOs worth over a trillion dollars in net worth, hence the name. There’s great and practical advice in here; the soft stuff is the hard stuff.  

  1. Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss  

This is a negotiation book by former FBI agent Chris Voss. I love it; best book I’ve ever read on negotiation. There are so many great takeaways; I have a book summary on it that I’ve referred back to many times.   

  1. Living With A SEAL by Jesse Itzler  

I dare you not to read it in one week! Once you pick it up, you can’t put it down. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, inspiring from an entrepreneurial standpoint, inspiring in physical, get yourself in shape and challenge yourself way. If you eat and drink too much and have too much fun during the holidays, this book will get you on track for the new year. 

There’s my list! Give these books a read or a listen and please let me know what you think. Also, make sure to share any of your recommendations with me! 

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I am the President & CEO of Service Express, a National Best & Brightest Company to Work For. Service Express has averaged double digit growth every year since 2001.

We attribute our success to a unique corporate culture that we call The Service Express Way. I am a member of the Young President Organization and sit on the Board of the Spectrum Health Foundation.