Resources for Learning-Books and Video

I have had the opportunity to read many books and watch many videos that have helped me gain a much clearer understanding of things I have personally experienced or talked with others about in my life and my business career.

My intent today is to share a few of my favorite books and movies.  Each of them have specific purposes and context for learning and I suspect that many of you will have similar choices.

On the flip side I suspect that many of you have other resources that you have found to be useful or even indispensable in your work.  I would like to hear from you what you find useful and valuable.  Replies are always welcome here.

Here goes with my list of books:

  • The Goal by Goldratt
  • The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Sample
  • Good to Great by Collins
  • The Tipping Point by Gladwell
  • Now, Discover your Strengths by Clifton
  • Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture by Cameron & Quinn
  • Tyranny of the Urgent by Hummel
  • Who Moved my Cheese? by Johnson
  • The World is Flat by Friedman
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey
  • In Search of Excellence by Peters
  • Halftime by Buford
  • Primal Leadership by Goleman
  • Strategy and the Fat Smoker by Maister
  • Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Lencioni
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Gerber

Let’s now take a look at the video side:

  • “Hoosiers” with Gene Hackman (great for teambuilding)
  • “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington (teambuilding and vision)
  • “Twelve Angry Men” with Henry Fonda (group work and interaction)
  • “Rudy” with Sean Astin (vision)

There are many other video clips that I have used through the years, but I will not go into all of them at this time.

What about you?

Which books or videos/movies have you learned from in your life and your career?

Your input is encouraged.  I’ll revisit this topic again later this week.