Not everyone likes to read non-fiction on vacation. It’s great to read an adventure story, a detective, or a novel. However, if you feel you’d like to catch up on culture, leadership, and change here’s my list of my favorite non-fiction books to date.
On positive leadership, change, and culture
Arbinger Institute, Leadership and Self Deception – Getting out of the box (Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition, 2015)
Kim Cameron, Positive Leadership – Strategies for extraordinary performance, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008)
Kim Cameron, Practicing Positive Leadership – Tools and techniques that create extraordinary results, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013)
Jane Dutton, Gretchen Spreitzer, How to Be a Positive Leader – Small Actions, Big Impact, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014)
Henri Lipmanowicz, Keith McCandless, The surprising power of Liberating Structures (Henri Lipmanowicz, Keith McCandless, 2013)
Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, Steven Cady, The Change Handbook, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007)
Robert Quinn, The positive organization – breaking free from conventional cultures, constraints and beliefs, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015)
Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Kae Rader, Appreciative Leadership – Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization (McGraw-Hill Education, 2010)
Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler – Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes are High (McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition,2011)
Sue Knight, NLP at Work – The Essence of Excellence (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, third edition, 2009)
Marcella Bremer, Organizational Culture Change – Unleashing your organization’s potential in Circles of 10 (Kikker Groep Publishing, 2012)
Marcella Bremer, Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive (Motivational Press, 2018).
More book tips?
I haven’t read everything that I wanted to read yet. These books are on my list thanks to the tips of my valued colleagues:
- Wholeness in a Disruptive World by Wendy Tan. (Thanks, Chris Huntington).
- An Everyone Culture, by Kegan and Lahey. (Thanks, Andrew Bennett).
- The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. (Thanks, Wally Bock).
- The Culture Engine by Chris Edmonds!
Feel free to add your tips in the comments. Have a great summer everyone! Don’t forget to relax and recharge for a rocking second half of the year! Safe travels.
PS: Do you want to learn more about positive leadership, culture, and change? Join this Positive Culture Academy. We’re starting a new class in September, if you want to learn with others! The curriculum can be done self-paced as well. Apply what you read! Help your team or organization develop its positive potential.