Strategist John Spence's Top 50 Book Recommendations!

From John Spence: As I sit here in my office surrounded by more than 2,000 business books it's pretty tough to narrow it down to just a handful of the very best.  However, if I were going to pick the top 50 books that I feel give the very best information for how to run a business successfully, this would be my list:

** In no particular order**

  1. In Search of Excellence -- Tom Peters
  2. The Little BIG Things – Tom Peters
  3. Good to Great -- Jim Collins
  4. Built to Last -- Jim Collins
  5. What Really Works -- Joyce, Nohria, Roberson
  6. The Leadership Challenge -- Kouzes and Posner
  7. Authentic Leadership -- Bill George
  8. Indispensable – Joe Callaway
  9. Becoming a Category of One – Joe Calloway
  10. The Discipline of Teams -- Katzenbach and Smith
  11. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team -- Patrick Lencioni
  12. Team Building (fourth edition) -- Dyer, Dyer and Dyer
  13. Lessons in Excellence from Charlie Trotter -- Paul Clarke
  14. Kiss Theory Goodbye -- Bob Prosen
  15. Mavericks at Work -- Taylor and LaBarre
  16. On Becoming a Leader -- Warren Bennis
  17. The Great Game of Business -- Jack stack
  18. The Starbucks Experience -- Joseph Michelli
  19. The New Gold Standard -- Joseph Michelli
  20. Customers for Life – Carl Sewell
  21. At America's Service -- Karl Albrecht
  22. The Northbound Train -- Karl Albrecht
  23. Leading People -- Robert Rosen
  24. The Definitive Drucker -- Elizabeth Edersheim
  25. What the Best CEOs know – Krames
  26. Teaching the Elephant to Dance -- James Belasco
  27. If Aristotle ran General Motors -- Tom Morris
  28. The Rockefeller Habits – Vern Harnish
  29. The Orange Revolution – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
  30. All In – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
  31. Nobel Enterprise – Darwin Gillette
  32. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  33. Primal Leadership – Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee
  34. The Leader of the Future – Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard
  35. Execution – Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  36. Love is the Killer App -- Tim Sanders
  37. Start with Why – Simon Sinek
  38. Up Your Business --  Dave Anderson
  39. The 100 Best Business Books of All Time – Jack Covert and Todd Stattersten
  40. Simply Better – Patrick Barwise and Sean Meehan
  41. Referral Engine – John Jantsch
  42. Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch
  43. Managing with a Conscience – Frank Sonnenberg
  44. Six Disciplines Execution Revolution – Gary Harpst
  45. Repeatability – James Allen and Chris Zook
  46. The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
  47. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuck
  48. Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
  49. Firms of Endearment - Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe, Jagdish N. Sheth
  50. Leading in a Culture of Change-  Michael Fullan

**51. Awesomely Simple – John Spence