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Management and leadership books I read in the last 5 years

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A usual Hosk birthday haul

In 2016 I become a Scrum master on a enterprise project and was tasked with helping create a great Dynamics 365 team and I started out on my journey to improve the skills needed to lead.

I started reading books on the following subjects

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Presence
  • Communication
  • Scrum/Agile
  • DevOps
  • Persuasion

I read autobiographies of business people, football coaches and NFL coaches. I did read a bunch of other books on other subjects too :-). I worked in technical environment the most important of projects and a company is the people.

I wanted to help people on the team reach their potential and for me to do that I needed to improve my leadership, communication and coaching skills. So I focused my energies on improving these areas by reading, thinking, reflecting and doing.

Books are a great way to learn new ideas and I encourage everyone to read more books. Looking at all the book (just on those areas) it seems like a lot of money and time but these books have changed how I see the world and were worth the investment.

The other thing you can tell is I am a big NFL fan and support the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick

2016

  1. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way Your Lead Forever: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
  2. Leading by Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz
  3. Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules
  4. Insights Into Liberating Leadership: How to become a great leader and create a lasting legacy
  5. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How successful people become even more successful
  6. How to Lead:The definitive guide to effective leadership: The definitive guide to effective leadership (4th Edition)
  7. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams
  8. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  9. Project Management Lite: Just Enough to Get the Job Done…Nothing More
  10. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  11. AGILE Project Management for Busy Managers
  12. Scrum and Xp from the Trenches 2nd Edition
  13. Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
  14. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
  15. The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs
  16. Paisley: Smile On Me And Guide My Hand
  17. TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking
  18. Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations
  19. Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
  20. Inspiring Leadership
  21. Shankly: My Story by Bill Shankly
  22. Leadership:Plain and Simple: Plain and Simple (2nd Edition)
  23. Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction
  24. The Strategy Book
  25. Originals: How Non-conformists Change the World
  26. Eleven Rings

2017

  1. Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean
  2. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  3. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
  4. Make Your Bed: 10 Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL
  5. Legacy
  6. Parcells: A Football Life
  7. Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion
  8. Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory
  9. A Practical Guide to Leadership: Be Inspired by Great Leaders
  10. The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach
  11. Steal the Show
  12. Jock Stein: The Definitive
  13. The Anatomy of Peace: How to Resolve the Heart of Conflict
  14. Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
  15. The Team Building Strategies of Steve Kerr: How the NBA Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors Creates a Winning Culture
  16. How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson: The Business of Winning and Managing Success
  17. Jurgen Klopp
  18. Joe Fagan: Reluctant Champion — The Authorised Biography
  19. Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British football’s greatest manager
  20. Winners: And How They Succeed
  21. The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software (Pragmatic Programmers)
  22. Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership
  23. The New Manager’s Handbook: 24 Lessons for Mastering Your New Role
  24. The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football’s Leaders
  25. How Good Do You Want to Be?: A Champion’s Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life
  26. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
  27. BOLD: 212 Charisma and Small Talk Tips to Engage, Charm and Leave a Lasting Impression
  28. Communication Skills Training: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking
  29. The Management Ideas of Nick Saban: A Leadership Case Study of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Head Coach
  30. Bill Belichick: Ten Greatest Coaches of the NFL
  31. Sacred Hoops (Revised): Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
  32. Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel (90 Minutes Shorts Book 3)
  33. Strategy Concepts of Bill Belichick: A Leadership Case Study of the New England Patriots Head Coach
  34. Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football
  35. Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion
  36. How to Manage People
  37. War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team
  38. Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness through Situational Leadership
  39. The Education of a Coach
  40. Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process (Addison-Wesley Signature): A Practical Guide To The Most Popular Agile Process
  41. Louis van Gaal: Dutch Courage
  42. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

2018

  1. Way of the Wolf: Become a Master Closer with Straight Line Selling
  2. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
  3. Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (Pragmatic Programmers)
  4. Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  5. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People
  6. Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
  7. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
  8. When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
  9. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  10. The Charisma Myth: How to Engage, Influence and Motivate People
  11. Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
  12. Pep Confidential: Inside Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich
  13. Finding a Way to Win: The Principles of Leadership, Teamwork, and Motivation
  14. Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (Pragmatic Programmers)
  15. The Greatest Salesman in the World
  16. Big Sam: My Autobiography
  17. Single-Minded: My Life in Business
  18. The Coaches
  19. The Final Season

2019

  1. How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide
  2. The Last Couch: A Life of Paul “Bear” Bryant
  3. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership
  4. Do Improvise: Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A New Approach to Work (and Life)
  5. The Education of a Coach
  6. Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?- Olympic-winning strategies for everyday success
  7. 12 Essential Skills for Software Architects
  8. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Idea
  9. Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work
  10. How to Own the Room: Including new HOW TO OWN THE ROOM
  11. The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams
  12. Graham Taylor In His Own Words
  13. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
  14. It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
  15. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  16. The Power of A Positive No
  17. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
  18. Pig Wrestling: The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve Any Problem… and Create the Change You Need
  19. Utter Confidence: How what you say and do influences your effectiveness in business
  20. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
  21. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  22. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People
  23. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
  24. Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech for Influence
  25. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
  26. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
  27. Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart
  28. Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs
  29. Persuade: How to persuade anyone about anything
  30. Assertiveness: How to Stand Up for Yourself and Still Win the Respect of Other
  31. How to Sell Yourself, Revised Edition: Using Leadership, Likability, and Luck to Succeed
  32. Sales Genius 1: 19 top sales professionals share their sales secrets
  33. Grinding It Out: The Making Of McDonald’s
  34. Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion
  35. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
  36. Confidence: How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals
  37. Saban: The Making of a Coach

2020

  1. My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography
  2. Body Language in the Workplace
  3. Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead
  4. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Ultimate Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
  5. What the Heck Is EOS?: A Complete Guide for Employees in Companies Running on EOS
  6. World’s Best: Coaching with the kookaburras and the hockeyroos
  7. The Inner Game of Work: Focus, Learning, Pleasure, and Mobility in the Workplace
  8. You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters
  9. Mastering Design Thinking: The Systematic Approach to Improve Considerably Your Business Success
  10. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
  11. What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
  12. Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking
  13. Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology
  14. The Devops Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
  15. Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale
  16. Don Shula: A Biography of the Winningest Coach in NFL History

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