As the year comes to a close, I enjoy looking back on the books that impacted me most in 2019. For me, that was mostly non-fiction, which was likely due to the changes in my professional career which demanded more collaboration, focus, and alignment.
I'm currently reading Diane Tavenner’s Prepared, a recommended read from Bill Gates. It has given me a new perspective into education and is refining my interest in philanthropies that help students, entrepreneuers, and women.
Here are some books I read in 2019 that I think you'll enjoy.
The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath helped to tranform otherwise monotonous times throughout the day into enjoyable experiences for me and others. Just reading this book will help you better engage with your friends, strangers, and coworkers.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the only fiction book on the list. It paints a dystopian future where we primarily live in virtual reality. It's a total page-turner, and helps envision a time when we won't be able to distinguish virtual reality from what we call actual reality.
Radical Candor by Kim Scott is a must-read for any manager or want-to-be manager. Kim Scott argues to care personally and challenge directly, and shares a well-researched framework to become a better boss, person, and company.
Sprint by Jake Knapp is where my love of workshops all began. A Design Sprint is a 4-Day prototyping and testing process for products that was refined at Google Ventures. It's a great way to get a new product kicked off or better align your product teams.
Factfulness by Hans Rosling argues the world is getting better in a big way. Similar to Yuval Harari's Homo Deus, this book proves that war, famine, and disease are at all time lows. It outlines ways the media fails to show our progress as a Human species, and inspires us to do more.
Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis is the foundation of our Growth Team at Hitachi. It showed us that experimenting and measuring at quick pace is the key to a successful operations team, and helped us redefine acquisition, conversion, and retention.
Exceptional Selling by Jeff Thull helps sellers, account executives, and even engineers come to B2B customers with a problem-solving hat, rather than a sales hat. It's the ultimate 1-on-1 guide for anyone looking to jump into sales.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is the key to anyone looking to build better habits. Duhigg teaches us how habits work, and why triggers, routines, and rewards are the key to understanding any habit. Understand how habits work, and you can change yours very easily. I work out 6 days a week now in-part due to this book.
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni is a fable that helps us as we refine our recruiting process at Hitachi. It argues the best players are humble, hungry, and smart, and shares clear ways to measure and interview for these qualities.
I hope some of these books will help you in the coming months.