A full-time leader, one of my greatest needs is knowledge and continuing education. With that in mind, I read about a book a month, spanning topics such as Leadership, Creativity, Biographies, Human Psychology, Branding and Innovation. Here's an up-to-date, ranked list of those whom have impacted and influenced me the most. Some of these I return to regularly and read again and again.
- Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't by Vern Harnish
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
- Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance by Shawn Achor
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
- Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
- Shoe Dog: A memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U
- The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni
- The Dream Manager: Achieve Results Beyond Your Dreams by Helping Your Employees Fulfill Theirs
- David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
- Zag: The Number One Strategy of High-Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier
- Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
- Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold
- Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential by Greg Crabtree
- Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business by Frances Frei
In addition to books, there's so much wonderful dynamic content, ideas and interviews continuously flowing through Podcasting. Here's a few I recommend and listen to regularly:
- How I Built This (NPR) --> check out the episode on VICE Founder, Suroosh Alvi
- The EntreLeadership Podcast --> check out Episode #158 with Simon Sinek
- Entrepreneurs Organization: Virtual Learning
- The Harvard Business Review IdeaCast
- Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin --> check out the interview with Starbucks' Founder, Howard Schultz
I've had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of groups, associations, and have served on a few boards. No organization has greater contributed to my continual development -- both as a human and as a leader -- than the Entrepreneurs' Organization.
Entrepreneurs' Organization (known widely as EO) is a global non-profit organization, whose stated mission is to "Engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow." Originally known as Young Entrepreneurs' Organization, it was founded by Verne Harnish in 1987 and now has more than 10,000 members globally.
My local chapter in Portland, Oregon is a vibrant community of more than 100 active and engaged Founders, CEOs and Leaders with more learning and connection opportunities than I could have ever imagined. EO has been and continues to be a critical part of my continued growth and development. eonetwork.org
EXPERTS AND ADVISORS
These people are experts and advisors I've collected along my journey that've significantly impacted me, my leadership and development, and also my teams, people and my business. I consider all of them personal friends, and I highly recommend all of these, without exception.
Mario Schulzke // A longtime friend, mentor and marketing genius, Mario's passion and determination has inspired me in more ways than I can count. //
Yes, I'm a music guy. It's an undeniable, inseparable part of my DNA. It's also a fact I own six different vintage sound systems -- mostly from the 70's, all of which have turntables, receivers and are fully powered-up and ready to go. So here's what's getting the most spins on my turntable -- all are clickable Spotify links for your listening ease.
Life Is Long by Jared Mees (coming in April 2017)