I have three big passions in life: AVIATION, SHOES and BOOKS – lots of them!
I enjoy reading good books regarding my field of study, personal development or spirituality. Those who know me better, know that I always have a Book in my handbag. Lately, I am with my E-Book Reader, which was a Christmas present (Thank you for it!). It really makes my life easier, because I can have my entire library in my bag. Awesome, right? It would be kinda’ hard to carry 1.000 books with me.
If you enjoy reading business books or personal development, I have some recommendations for you. These are some books I’ve already finished reading and I highly recommend them to you as well. I will update this page as I go.
Here is the list of my favorite books:
1. The One Minute Manager – Ken BLANCHARD si Spencer JOHNSON
It’s a short story about a manager that has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. An easily-read story which quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques, it also includes information on several studies in medicine and in the behavioral sciences, which help readers understand why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people.
2. The On Time, On target Manager – Ken BLANCHARD, Steve GOTTRY
This is the story of Bob, a typical middle manager who puts things off to the last minute. As a result, he misses deadlines because his lack of focus causes him to accomplish meaningless tasks before getting to the important things.
3. Self Leadership and One Minute Manager – Ken BLANCHARD, Susan FOWLER Lawrence HAWKINS
Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager clearly and thoroughly reveals how power, freedom, and autonomy come from having the right mind-set and the skills needed to take personal responsibility for success.
4. Go Team – Take your team to the next level – Ken BLANCHARD, Alan RANDOLPH, Peter GRAZIER
Effective teams are increasingly recognized as crucial to business success, but few people really understand how to build a team that taps and blends the skills of each member for a winning whole. In clear, simple language, “”Go Team!”” shows how to create that powerhouse team.
It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.
6. Jack: Straight from the Gut – Jack WELCH, John A. BYRNE
Jack WELCH began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the Company’s 8th Chairman and CEO. During his 20+ year tenure as CEO, the Company’s market capitalization rose from $13 billion to over $400 billion. In 2000, he was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine. It’s an amazing autobiography, worth reading.
7. Marketing in the new Media – Holly BERKLEY
In her new book, Holly Berkley gives readers a look inside the Obama Campaign Team’s use of new media marketing, and how they deliberately and strategically harnessed the viral power of the Internet to move people in powerful ways and eventually win the 2009 Presidental Election. She also explores how real companies like yours, are using the power of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, and others to help connect with current customers as well as reach out to new ones.
8. Funky Business – Jonas RIDDERSTRALE, Kjell NORDSTROM
BUSINESS AS USUAL? FUNK THAT In a world of suits, Nordstrom and Ridderstrale’s message is refreshingly different. They launch a manifesto for difference in business. In 1995, 1000 new soft drinks were launched on the Japanese market. A year later, 1% of them were still for sale. Move it fast. If you are driving a 1990 model car, approximately six years were spent developing it.
9. Outliers – Malcolm GLADWELL
Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date.
10. Confessions of an Economic Hitman – John PERKINS
Former Economic Hit Man John Perkins goes behind the scenes of the current geopolitical crisis and offers bold solutions to our most pressing problems. Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire.
11. Airline Marketing and Management – Stephen SHAW
Airline Marketing and Management examines the principles of marketing and demonstrates the ways in which these principles can be applied to today’s airline.
12. Emotional Intelligence – Daniel GOLEMAN
Emotional Intelligence is a 1995 book by Daniel Goleman. In this book, Goleman posits that emotional intelligence is as important as IQ for success, including in academic, professional, social, and interpersonal aspects of one’s life.
13. Personal Branding – Colin WRIGHT
It covers a wide range of topics related to personal branding, including an introduction to what branding and personal branding are, the process of self-branding, a bit about labeling theory and how the people you surround yourself with, and how the events you attend and your worldview can greatly impact your success in personal branding.
14. The Web of Debt – Ellen HODGSON BROWN, J.D.
Web of Debt unravels the deceptions in our money scheme and presents a crystal clear picture of the financial abyss towards which we are heading. Then it explores a workable alternative, one that was tested in colonial America and is grounded in the best of American economic thought, including the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
15. Start up Nation – Senor DAN
START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel– a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources– produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK?
16. Steve Jobs – Walter ISAACSON
Steve Jobs is the authorized self-titled biography book of Steve Jobs. The book was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN and TIME who has written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
17. 78 Important Questions Every Leader Should Ask and Answer – Chris CLARKE-EPSTEIN
This unique book offers 78 questions that leaders at all levels need to ask and answer both inside and outside the organization. Leaders who master this question-response technique will gain much useful information about what is really going on in their businesses, as well as the admiration of employees, customers, and others with whom they interact.
18. The Art of War – SUN TZU
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the 5th century BC. Attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu – “Master Sun”, the text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and tactics.
19. Tao Te Ching – LAO TZU
The Tao Te Ching is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism, and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism, and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners, have used the Daodejing as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and it is among the most translated works in world literature.
20. Act like a Lady, think like a MAN – Steve HARVEY
The #1 New York Times bestseller from the new guru of relationship advice, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is an invaluable self-help book that can empower women everywhere to take control of their relationships. You should also see the movie.
21. Women Who Love Too Much – Robin NORWOOD
Women Who Love Too Much is a self-help book by Robin Norwood published in 1985. The book was a number one seller on the New York Times Best Seller list’s “advice and miscellaneous” category in 1987.
22. L’Élégance du hérisson – Muriel BARBERY
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a novel by the French novelist and professor of philosophy Muriel Barbery. The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.
23. Le sourire des femmes – Nicolas BARREAU
The day begins like any other Saturday for beautiful Parisian restaurateur Aurélie Bredin, until she wakes up to find her apartment empty – her boyfriend run off with another woman. Heartbroken, Aurélie wanders the streets of Paris in the rain, finally seeking refuge in a little bookshop in the Ile Saint-Louis, where’s she’s drawn to a novel titled ‘The smiles of women’ by obscure English author Robert Miller. When she begins to read she’s astonished: ‘The smile of women’ can’t possibly be about her restaurant, about her. Except, it is.
24. Ce que le Jour doit à la Nuit – Yasmina KHADRA
The center of Yasmina Khadra’s lush novel, What the Day Owes the Night, is a painful story of unrequited love, certainly one of the most powerful and moving depictions of frustrated passion I have encountered in many years. Although the author uses a female pseudonym, both he and his protagonist are male. Years ago, at the beginning of his writing career when he was still an officer in the Algerian army, Khadra took a female pseudonym to “avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by the army.” With the success of his earlier works, there was no reason not to continue using “Yasmina.”
25. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time – Keith FERRAZZI
Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered in early life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins.
26. The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. SCHWARTZ
The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there. This book gives you those secrets!
I am trying to update this page as soon as possible, but sometimes I forget, but one thing is for sure: I update my page on Goodreads. com as soon as I finish reading a book. Here you can also find my entire list of books that I’ve read or I am planning on reading in the future. HERE you have the page if you want to take a look.