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My Favorite Books About Bosses

From Hairballs to Leading Teams

Good Boss, Bad Boss is officially appearing on September 7th, but it is already beginning to appear in stores and I notice that Amazon is already selling it and will start mailing out copies next week.  In thinking about the process of writing the book, and more broadly, about the the set of books that I believe every boss should read, I came up with a list of my favorites.  I tried to limit it to a dozen, but couldn't bring myself to delete any of these, so here is my list of 16:

Joker One, Donovan Campbell

Orbiting the Giant Hairball, by Gordon MacKenzie

Narcissistic Leaders, by Michael Maccoby

Up the Organization, by Robert Townsend

Rivethead, by Ben Hamper

Personal History, Katherine Graham,

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The Pixar Touch, by David Price

1776, by David McCullough

Peter Principle, by Laurence Petter and Raymond Hull

Influence, by Robert Cialdini

Power, by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath

Collaboration, by Morten Hansen

Men and Women of the Corporation, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Notes on Directing, by Frank Hauser and Russell Reich

Leading Teams, by J. Richard Hackman

I am sure I missed a lot of great ones. Which ones would you add?

 

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Bob Sutton is an organizational psychologist, Stanford professor, and author of five books including bestseller The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss (September, 2010).

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