What books are the senior leadership team reading?

Below is a list of books the senior leadership team is reading each quarter.

For members of the SLT, the cost of these books will be reimbursed by the company. For all employees, please remember that the company will reimburse you for the cost of the five requested reading books found here.

Q4 2019

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Get A Grip: An Entrepreneurial Fable: Your Journey to Get Real, Get Simple, and Get Results

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business (John Only)
Traction is the set of processes on which we are running the company.

Rocket Fuel - The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business (Scott & John Only)

Q1 2020

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable

Finish Big (John & Scott Only)

 Q2 2020

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company

Great Game of Business is the foundation for Open Book Management.

The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery; AKA Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Leadership Fable

Small Giants - Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big (John & Scott Only)

Q3 2020

The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community: A Leadership Fable

Who: The A Method for Hiring

Getting Naked: A Leadership Fable

Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable (John & Scott Only)

Q4 2020

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Q1 2021

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities

Q2 2021

Five Temptations of a CEO                                                                                                        Replace 'CEO' with 'Leader' when reading

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Q3 2021

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues: A Leadership Fable

Death by Meeting

Getting Naked: A Leadership Fable

Q4 2021

The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery; AKA Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Leadership Fable

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable

Trust Signals

  • Manuscript from Scott.

 

Tips from John:

I use leadership/business books to give everyone a foundational understanding of the concepts we are implementing here at Idea Grove.  I find it very helpful to have a common language to use when talking through how we run this business.


I love to listen to audiobooks on my commute; because as much as I LOVE music, just how many times can I listen to the latest song that is played over and over until it is worn out.  Plus audiobooks make the commute much less tedious.


Where it says “John & Scott Only”, those books were assigned to only John and Scott.  The others were free to read them.