Book Recommendations from TeamStrength Members


  • The First 90 Days, by Michael Watkins (WD) – offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions & that critical time with leaders.
  • Developing the Leader Within You, by John C. Maxwell (AM) – leadership and management.
  • Power of Positive Leadership, by Jon Gordon (MW) – being a positive leader can lead to great culture, unity, and connection in your organization.
  • The Family Business, by Carl Weber & Eric Pete (DW) – really helpful for our business

Teamwork / Personal Effectiveness

  • Anything by Eckhart Tolle – lots of them are on my list to read.
  • Ideal Team Player, by Patrick Lencioni (BC, MD) – great one to read as a company.
  • Fierce Conversations, by Susan Scott (DP) – liked the book better than her TED talk.
  • Never Split the Difference, by Chris Voss (HR) – FBI crisis negotiator, very engaging

Business Performance

  • Traction, by Gino Wickman (CB) – achieve success through the six key components
  • Measure What Matters, by John Doerr (TB) – talks about OKRs & measurements
  • Rocket Fuel, by Gino Wickman (JM) – the key combination of visionaries and integrators that worked for Disney, McDonalds, and Ford.
  • The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt (MR) – written as a thriller about transforming management thinking throughout the world.
  • Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, by Verne Harnish (SS) – based on habits from Rockefeller, use these principles to improve your business.
  • Value Proposition Design, by Alexander Osterwalder (JT) – R&D book


  • The Match, by Mark Frost (GA) – legendary golf match between amateurs & legends
  • Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou (TB) – rise and fall of a Silicon Valley start up
  • An Unlikely Intervention, by Thomas Washing (PD) – powerful story of a business that took on the world’s second leading killer of children
  • The Generosity Bet, by Ashely McCauley & William High (RH) – risk, reward, and real joy
  • Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson (JL) – about death row and last minute justice
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis (DP) – behind the scenes on Wall Street
  • Stuff You Should Know – Podcast (LT) – great Podcast to learn about interesting topics; recent one was about the Lewis and Clark journey and leadership.
  • The Four, Scott Galloway (FV) – hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, & Google


  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell (AA) – great book about society
  • Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (JF) – taught me that it was okay to be selfish
  • Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (HH) – just finished the last book.
  • The Brethren, by John Grisham (TK)
  • Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (AM) – centered in medieval England
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (SS) – looks at society in a different way
  • Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu (JT) – supernatural book, wildly imaginative
  • Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper (MW) – inside look at celebral palsy

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