In 2015, I presented synopses of 13 business books at the First Friday Book Synopsis. (One a month, plus a second book in December while Karl Krayer was away at a conference).
If you make me choose the best book, well… a tough choice. I will say this – there have been years when I looked back over the books I presented and I thought there were some choices barely worth including. This year, each book was worth reading, worth presenting, and worth recommending.
In other words, though I’m going to name three, the others are all worth reading. Seriously, every one of these is worth reading!
So – best book? I’m going with three, in the order I presented them.
- Exponential Organizations to help understand how Moore’s Law and the ongoing march of technology is challenging and changing organizations. (A good companion volume is Bold).
- Team of Teams to help us understand that no one team can act alone; it is “good teams” working with other “good teams” to make the larger Team of Teams.
- Extreme Ownership – the best book on leadership, and more, that I’ve read in quite some time.
(And, if you only have time to read one of these, read Extreme Ownership. It is the book that I bought as a Christmas gift for a small business owner/leader this year. I buy him one business book a year).
Each month, I write a blog post with my lessons and takeaways from the books. Here are the books I presented, and links to my blog posts with my lessons and takeaways, from each book:
January, 2015 — Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) –by Salim Ismail: with Michael S Malone and Yuri van Geest Diversion Books (October 14, 2014).
February, 2015 — The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moses Naim. Basic Books; Reprint edition. (March 11, 2014).
March, 2015 — Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie. Harvard Business Review Press (2014).
April, 2015 — Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamindis and Steven Kotler. Simon & Schuster (February 3, 2015).
May, 2015 — Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader– Crown Business (March 24, 2015) by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli.
June, 2015 — No One Understands You and What to Do About It by Heidi Grant Halverson, Harvard Business Review Press; (2015).
July, 2015 — Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. Ecco (2015).
August, 2015 — Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell, Portfolio (2015).
September, 2015 — Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, with Casey Shilling and Paul Keegan. Grand Central Publishing (2014).
October, 2015 — Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin, Portfolio (2015).
November, 2015 — Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer. HarperBusiness (2015).
December, 2015 — Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015).
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. St. Martin’s Press (2015).
All of my synopses are available for purchase on our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com. Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page handout, and the audio of my presentation.
(You can also purchase a subscription, and get access to all of our synopses plus the coming 24 new synopses for the 12 months following your purchase).
My colleague, Karl Krayer, also presents a synopsis each month. His synopses are also on our companion 15minutebusinessbooks.com site.