CEO Reading.

Books recommended by CEOs.

Managing by Defining Moments: America’s 7 Generational Cohorts, Their Workplace Values, and Why Managers Should Care, by Geoffrey E. Meredith,
Charles D. Schewe.Wiley; 1st edition. May 6, 2002

Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen (referred by Stan Bromley , retired West Coast GM, Four Seasons Resort Hotels)

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck (referred by Stan Bromley, retired West Coast GM, Four Seasons Resort Hotels)

The heart of change. Real-Life stories on how people change their organizations, John P. Potter; Dan S. Cohen. Harvard Business School Press

First, break all the rules: What the world’s greatest managers do differently, by Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman. Simon & Schuster; May 1999

Leadership, Rudolph Giuliani and Ken Kurson. Miramax; October 1, 2002

The Leadership Fables: The Five Temptations of a CEO; The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; The Four Obsessions of an extraordinary executive, Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni. Jossey-Bass;2000. 989 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741

Leadership In The Era of Economic Uncertainty, Ram Charan. McGraw-Hill; December 22, 2008.

CEO’s role.

Leading at the speed of growth, Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership – Katherine Catlin & Jana Mathews. Hungry Minds; 2001 NY, NY

How to Become CEO: The Rules for Rising to the Top of Any Organization, by Jeffrey J. Fox

Planning and execution.

Grow by Jim Stengel.Crown Business, NY: 2011 First Edition

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras. Harper Business; 1st edition August, 2002 (referred by Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars)

Growing Pains. Transitioning from an Entrepreneurship to a Professionally Managed Firm, Eric G. Flamholtz & Yvonne Randle. Jossey-Bass; 2001 989 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1741

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins. Harper Business; October 1, 2001 (referred by Tom Klein, Rodney Strong)

The Knowing-Doing Gap. How Smart companies turn knowledge into action, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton. Harvard Business Press; 2000 Boston, MA

Weird Ideas That Work. 11 ½ Practices for Promoting, Managing and Sustaining Innovation, Robert I. Sutton. The Free Press; 2002 New York, New York

Corporate Lifecycles: How and Why Corporations Grow and Die and What to Do About It, Ichak Adizes. The Adizes Institute; February 7, 1990.

Cultural/Organizational change.

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard. Penguin Putnam; September 1, 1998 (referred by Violet Grgich, Grgich Cellars)

Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround, Louis Gerstner, Jr. Harper Business; November 12, 2002

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni. Jossey-Bass; April 11, 2002.


The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence, by John Wiley and Sons Ltd; Dec 2006.

Useful lessons on life and living.
The Cahill Factor: Turning Adversity into Advantage, Dr. Teena Cahill. Sterling House Books, 2007.

Tao te Ching, by Lao Tzu (Author), Stephen Mitchell (Translator). New York: Harper Collins, 1988.

First you have to row a little boat, Richard Bode. Warner Books, Inc; 1993. 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown Young Readers; December 2008.


Family business planning.
Strategic Planning for the Family Business, Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward. Pralgrave; 2001. 175 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10010

Outside Directors in the Family Owned Business, by Leon Danco & Donald Jonovic

Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business, Kelin E. Gersick, John A. Davis, Marion M. Hampton, Ivan Lansberg, Harvard Business School Press, October 1996

Executive communications.

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward R. Tufte. Graphics Press; 2nd edition May 1, 2001 (referred by Bruce Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars)

Market strategy.

Defining Markets Defining Moments, Geoffrey E. Meredith, Charles D. Schewe, Janice Karlovich. Wiley; 1st edition. December 15, 2001

“What Great Brands Do” by Scott Bedbury; Fast Company Magazine ( then scroll down to the title of the article and click on the link) (referred by Michelle Heston, West Coast VP Communications, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)

Positioning: The battle for your mind by Al Ries and Jack Trout. McGraw-Hill Trade; 1st edition. December 13, 2000

The New Positioning: The Latest on the World’s #1 Business Strategy by Jack Trout, Steve Rivkin. McGraw-Hill Trade; May 1, 1997

Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers, by Seth Godin. Simon & Schuste;1999, NY,NY

Trading Up – The New American Luxury, Michael Silverstein, Neil Fiske.

Deluxe: How luxury lost its luster, by Dana Thomas. Penguin Press HC; 2007.

Time management.

Creative Time Management for the New Millennium, by Jan Yager. Hannacroix Creek Books; 1999

Take Back Your Time: How to Regain Control of Work, Information, and Technology, by Jan Jasper. Griffin Trade Paperback; 1999

The Organized Executive: A Program for Productivity: New Ways to Manage Time, Paper, People and the Electronic Office, by Stephanie Winston. Wamer Books; 1994

Wine Industry.

How People Purchase Wine, by Wine Institute & Yankelovich. N.B -See Cliff’s Notes for Wineries

The Winemaker’s Dance: Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley, by Jonathan Swinchatt and David Howell. University of California Press; September 2004 (referred by Larry Maguire, Far Niente)

Film suggestions.
“The Lemon Tree”, available through Comcast/IFC.

Food Inc.

“A Grandmother’s Tribe”

Online Executive MBA Programs. Sponsored by University of Chicago GSB, Columbia Business School, London School of Economics, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford. Ideal for a high performer who is unable to physically participate in an executive program at one of these top institutions. The ‘student’ still has the opportunity to interact with the professors, but does not get the true benefit of networking with the class, that is offered by an ‘on location’ executive program–

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