I’m a reader, I love reading articles and books, and I like to know what others are reading.
Amazon’s Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos was recently interviewed on CNBC.
One of the best parts of the interview is the detail given by Bezos about some of the books he’s shared with Amazon’s top executives — he uses these as frameworks for shaping the future of the company.
1. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
2. The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen (Interestingly, the only business book Steve Jobs ever liked was The Innovator’s Dilemma, by the same author.)
3. The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
Bezos is not the only one to encourage his/her execs to read. Tim Cook, CEO at Apple, gives copies of Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets to his colleagues.
Do you recommend reading certain books and articles to those who work for you? You should for two clear reasons
1. It gives your team an insight into the sort of leader you are and aspire to. As long as the reading reflects your beliefs.
2. Guided reading is a strong base to enable you to train and develop people. After a while you can discuss the lessons leant from the reading, and how your team member can apply this to their work or projects.
why not share the books you suggest to others, lets build a list.
(The book titles appeared in this follow up. https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130925133311-291225-amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-had-his-top-execs-read-these-three-books?_mSplash=1.)