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

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.

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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