Personal and Institutional Excellence

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

This is a classic text on effectiveness by the late Stephen Covey. Like many of the books on my shelf, it is a book about change, personal change, and the tools for doing so.



The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Want to simplify your life, focus on your calling, and reap rewarding results? This book may be for you. The clarity and clear-cut approach of Gary Keller and Jay Papsan make this book one of my favorite reads in 2013. The treatment of time blocking is especially helpful in achieving simplicity and going after your own one thing.



Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

I admit that the data in this book can be overwhelming, but the simple principles, derived from the data—like Level-5 Leadership and the Hedgehog Concept—are priceless. I have read this book almost a half-dozen times, and I have come to conclude, like the author, Jim Collins, that the book isn’t just about business excellence, but also about excellence in life.



Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

It’s not always easy converse about the most important things for in one’s life and organization. These conversations can be awkward and sometimes painful. Susan Scott does a stand-up job in stressing how essential these “fierce” conversations are and offers many pointers for making them effective.