The Top 25 Management Books according to me

After publishing my reading stats for 2019 and having now engaged in the new 2020 reading challenge, many people have asked me what my favourites management books are. As I have reviewed many books on this blog, I’ve decided to put together a list of the ones that resonated more with me and rank them. This list only picks from the ones that I have reviewed on this website, so it does not claim to be a universal list. There are more that I should consider probably (and I will in due time). You can also find this list as a Listopia list on Goodreads.

The Top 25 Management Books according to me

1.Book Review: An Everyone Culture by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow LaheyAn Everyone Culture by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Understanding what being Deliberately Developmental truly means.
2.Book Review: Creativity, Inc. by Ed CatmullCreativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
The best book that really illustrates the importance of Culture in Organization. And being intentional in designing for creativity.
3.Book Review: Agile People by Pia-Maria ThorenAgile People by Pia-Maria Thoren 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Linking agile to real People Transformation in companies.
4.Book Review: Work Rules by Laszlo BockWork Rules! by Laszlo Bock 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
How Google transformed into a People Oriented organisation based on science and data.
5.Book Review: Yes to the Mess by Frank J. BarrettYes to the Mess by Frank J. Barrett 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
True organisations are about real Improvisation. This the big lesson from Jazz.
6.Measure what Matters by John Doerr 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
True Transformation comes only from measuring what matters. This the big lesson from OKR guru John Derr.
7.Book Review: Start with Why by Simon SinekStart with Why, by Simon Sinek 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Finding your true Purpose beyond the What and How.
8.Book Review: Corporate Rebels by Joost Minaar and Pim de MoreeCorporate Rebels by Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
How to bring back Fun at work. An exploration of what Rebel Pioneers do in transforming organisations
9.Book Review: Implementing Beyond Budgeting by Bjarte BogsnesImplementing Beyond Budgeting by Bjarte Bogsnes 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
How can you move away from traditional budgeting cycle? This books explains how.
10.The Technology Fallacy 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Digital Transformation is not just about Technology.
11.Book Review: Rebel Talent by Francesca GinoRebel Talent by Francesca Gino 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Real results are often delivered by those that decide to be Rebels.
12.Book Cover of Rebel Ideas by Matthew SyedRebel Ideas by Matthew Syed 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
What is Diversity really? An entire new approach to being different.
13.Book Review: Drive by Daniel PinkDrive, by Daniel Pink 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
What is the pushes real Motivation? Daniel Pink’s ideas get you really through this in detail
14.Book Review: The Fourth Revolution by Luciano FloridiThe Fourth Revolution by Luciano Floridi 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
What is that the Technology Revolution is bringing?
15.Book Cover Guide to Organisation Design by Naomi StanfordGuide to Organisation Design by Naomi Stanford 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
A sleek guide to Organisation Design for Managers and HR.
16.What Works: Gender Equality By Design by Iris Bohnet 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Gender Equality doesn’t just happen: it needs intentional design.
17.Book Review: Collaboration by Morten HansenCollaboration by Morten Hansen 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Exploring networking and Collaboration and how these create value in organisations.
18.Book Review: Talking to Strangers by Malcolm GladwellTalking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
This book will change your mind of what human nature is with regards to strangers.
19.Book Review: Flow by Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiFlow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
How to understand the true Optimal Experience
20.Book Review: ReWorkReWork, or the real power of Simplicity by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Simplicity can really be the best thing you want to master.
21.The End of Average by Todd Rose 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
We have lived in an age were Avegarianism has been rampant. Let’s understand why and move on.
22.The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Is it really true that crowds are wise?
23.Flat Army by Don Ponterfact - Book CoverFlat Army by Dan Pontefract 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
How can we structure an organisation for true performance?
24.Book Review: The 7 Mental Images of National Culture by Huib WurstenThe 7 Mental Images of National Culture by Huib Wursten 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Easy to understand cultural Mental images to better work together.
25.Book Review: The Employee Experience AdvantageThe Employee Experience Advantage by Jacob Morgan 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
What is the true advantage of working on Employee Experience
Table 1: My list of Top 25 Management Books, as reviewed on this website.

What about other books?

The above is just the list of my Top 25 Management Books. But I tend to read also a lot of other books. You can find my latest reading list and my entire library on GoodReads. On the sidebar, you can check what I am currently reading (including non-management books). And here below is my (management) reading list: the books that I plan to read next.

Transform: A Rebel’s Guide for Digital Transformation
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the American Industrial Enterprise
High Output Management
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons in Creative Leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company
The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy
Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions
The Team that Managed Itself: A Story of Leadership
Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice
Ours to Hack and to Own
The Insider's Guide to Culture Change: Creating a Workplace That Delivers, Grows, and Adapts
The Halo Effect: ... and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms
That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea
Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within
Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS
No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results
Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?
Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World
Goliath's Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors

Book Suggestions

Feel free to suggest any book you think it is missing in the comments to this page, or directly through the Book Suggestion page.

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Changelog of Top 25 Management Books

I will post here notes about the changes to this page as it will evolve with every new Book Review that I publish.

Feb 3rd, 2020Added Implementing Beyond Budgeting, Corporate Rebels, Work Rules!, Collaboration. Removed Why She Buys, The Infinite Game, Radical Candor, Permanent Record.
Dec 30th, 2019Added Radical Candor, Flat Army and Flow. Removed Scrum 101, The Leader you want to be and The Dark Side of Empathy.
Dec. 16th, 2019Initial Release.
Table 2.: Changelog

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