I got asked this recently at a conference:  What’s my top 3 book recommendations?

I couldn’t answer because I have too many and my recommendation would be completely situational.  So I’ve been considering this question for leaders.  What would be my top three and this was painful.  I decided to remove books that are already well known, such as How to win friends and influence people.  I decided to remove books that focused on one skill or practice, such as Agile Retrospectives, Agile Coaching, Crucial Conversations, etc.  I decided to remove books specific to Agile such as The Human Side of Agile.

I wasn’t able to get it to 3 but did get it to 4. However, I just know someone will mention a book and I will agree that it should be in the top three.  Ugh, this was so hard!

Drive, Daniel Pink

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

The GoalEliyahu Goldratt

Training from the BACK of the Room, Sharon Bowman

Here’s the story that ran through my head:

As a leader, I need to understand what truly motivates people.  In addition, I need to understand what is the foundation and motivation for successful teams.  Since awareness does not equal results, I need to understand how to identify challenges to the overall system and learn to make continuous improvements. All while, my leadership approach and delivery engages learning and collaboration.

 Ok, destroy my little world…what book would you add/replace?



Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.


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