The Ten Best Business Books I’ve Read Lately

I’ve been traveling a lot from West Coast to East Coast, so I’ve had plenty of time to reinvigorate my reading discipline this year. Here are the ten best business books I’ve read this year:

1. The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent and Accelerate Performance. by Robert Gostick and Chester Elton

2. A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot and Fruity Filling.  by Barry Rellaford and (one of my best friends) David Hutchens

3. The Elephant in the Room: How Relationships Make or Break the Success of Leaders and Organizations. by Diana McClain Smith

4. Drive. by Daniel Pink. A re-examination of everything you think about what motivates employees. And it’s not money.

5. Your Company Sucks: It’s Time to Declare War on Yourself. by Mark Stevens

6. The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. by Tyler Cowen

7. That Used to Be Us. by Thomas Friedman. A look at the forces that made America great, and that we must recover if we are to lead in the 21st century.

8. Raving Fans. by Ken Blanchard. A dated but still as relevant as ever look at creating customer enthusiasts.

9. The Nordstrom Way: The Inside Story of America’s #1 Customer Service Company. by Robert Spector and Patrick D. McCarthy

10. Revolutionize Your Customer Experience. by Colin Shaw

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