A full-time leader, one of my greatest needs is knowledge and continuing education. With that in mind, I read one or two books 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. Here’s my top 40:
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer // This book changed my life and transformed my understanding of who I am.
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Traction by Gino Wickman
Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't by Vern Harnish
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Theil
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Shoe Dog: A memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold
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
Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlinggham
- Updated February 6th, 2019 --
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:
WorkLife with Adam Grant. --> Brilliant academic on the science of human systems.
Revisionist History with Malcom Gladwell --> Check out the "bonus" episode (Season 3) where he debates Adam Grant.
How I Built This (NPR) --> check out the episode on VICE Founder, Suroosh Alvi
The EntreLeadership Podcast --> check out Episode #158 with Simon Sinek, #212 with Jeff Rosenblum, #204 with Sinek
The James Altucher Show --> check out Episode #217 with Tony Robbins, #194 with Seth Godin, #238 with Ryan Holiday
Reply All by Gimlet Media // A fascinating and hilarious exploration of the internet.
Song Exploder by Radiotopia --> check out the episode with Solange
2 Dope Queens by WNYC Studios // Stand-up comedy
On Being with Krista Tipett --> check out episodes with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, and one with Richard Rohr
Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin --> check out the interview with Starbucks' Founder, Howard Schultz
Invisibilia by NPR --> check out the episode on The Culture Inside (exploring implicit bias)
The Future of What by Kill Rock Stars' Portia Sabin // Music industry topics deconstructed
The Nod by Gimlet Media (on Black life and culture)
Lost Notes by KCRW --> An anthology of some of the greatest music stories never truly told.
The RobCast with Rob Bell --> Full disclosure: this one gets into religion, Christianity and questioning all of it.
Still Processing by The New York Times // A culture conversation with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
The Science of Success by Matt Bodnar --> Check out July 19, 2018 episode on Making Smart Decisions When You Don't Have All The Facts
Lead Singer Syndrome with Shane Told // No holds barred interviews with lead singers of bands you've maybe heard of.
Twenty Thousand Hertz by Dallas Taylor // The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
- Updated July 26th, 2018 --
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 -- and on my Spotify. Regularly edited, updated and refreshed.
This is my boy, Desmond, when he was about one year old. He totally tore the tuner knob off of this one.