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The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.
Based on "The Goal", a novel about an IT organization's DevOps transformation.

The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim.
A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data.

The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Jez Humble.
Definitive guide on all things DevOps with many real-life examples.

Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie.
Primary focused on the cultural and human aspects of a DevOps transformation.

Python Programming Illustrated for Beginners & Intermediates by William Sullivan.
Decent (but imperfect) way to keep "Python on the mind" when not coding.

Lean Management

The Machine that Changed the World by James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos.
Lean concepts in all areas of the global automotive business.

Lean Thinking, 2nd edition by James Womack and Daniel Jones.
Lean concepts applied to many industries with a variety of examples.

Gemba Walks, 2nd edition by James Womack.
Collection of essays on Lean production, management, supply chain, and more.

Toyota Kata by Mike Rother.
A detailed look at the "Improvement Kata" and "Coaching Kata" within Toyota.

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox.
Novel about a failing manufacturing plant that improves with the TOC.

Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu Goldratt.
Recording of a seminar in which Goldratt discusses TOC.

Isn't It Obvious by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to retail operations (store, region, and company).

It's Not Luck by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to marketing, distribution, and corporate management.

Critical Chain by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to project management.


Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
Former Navy SEALs discuss their military experiences with application to business.

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
The sequel to "Extreme Ownership", this book explores balancing leadership traits.

Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal.
Former Army General discusses forming large-scale teams to solve complex problems.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.
Concise and real-life examples of extraordinary leaders and their characteristics.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how to build effective teams.

The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how CEOs often fail to lead their companies.

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni.
Discuss of organizational health and its impact on business.

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how to tear down barriers between teams.

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three core values and their business relevance.

Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three fears that great consultants must overcome.

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni.
Applying business tools to create a better family life.

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni.
Focus on the leadership role in building a healthy organization.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three elements that make work miserable, and how to improve.

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni.
Techniques for improving the focus and effectiveness of meetings.

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL team 10.

Fiction and Fun

Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester
An epic tale of the adventures of a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars.

  1. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
  2. Lieutenant Hornblower
  3. Hornblower and the "Hotspur"
  4. Hornblower and the Crisis
  5. Hornblower and the "Atropos"
  6. The Happy Return
  7. A Ship of the Line
  8. Flying Colours
  9. The Commodore
  10. Lord Hornblower

The Adventures of Charles Hayden by S. Thomas Russell
Another collection of British naval historical fiction from the early 19th century.

  1. Under Enemy Colors
  2. A Battle Won
  3. Take, Burn, or Destroy
  4. Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

Business and Money

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze.
Financial management tips for parents to help their chilren understand how money works.

Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler.
Next-generation sales techniques for long-term business success.

Sell with a Story by Paul Smith.
How to capture attention, build trust, and close the sale by storytelling.

The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.
A detailed analysis of how new technologies cause great firms to fail.

The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker.
Drucker's writing over sixty years of thought leadership in business management.

Traction by Gino Wichman
Get a grip on your business by focusing on what matters.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
How to continually test hypotheses, learn, pivot, persevere, and win.

A Seat at the Table by Mark Schwartz.
Defining what future CIOs need to stay relevant and bring business value.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
An alternative view on how to view assets, liabilities, and more.

Rich Dad's Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki.
Differentiate between employees, specialists, business owners, and investors.

The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason.
A (mostly) fictional but powerful story on building wealth in ancient Babylon.

Making Work Visible by Dominica Degrandis.
Application of Kanban to time management to preserve the flow of work.

Resonate by Nancy Duarte.
Present visual stories that transform audiences for better presentations.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.
High-stakes negotiation skills from a former FBI negotiator.

Million Dollar Consulting, 5th edition by Alan Weiss.
Expert advice on building a successful consulting firm.

Value-Based Fees by Alan Weiss.
Contrarian advice on how to charge equitable fees, not hourly ones.

The Millionare Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko.
Subtitle says it all: "The surprising secrets of America's Wealthy".

Critical Business Skills for Success by many authors.
"Great Courses" lectures of key business management areas (30+ hours).

  1. Strategy: Michael Roberto
  2. Operations: Thomas Goldsby
  3. Finance and Accounting: Eric Sussman
  4. Organizational Behavior: Clinton Longenecker
  5. Marketing: Ryan Hamilton

Financial Literacy: Find Your Way in the Financial Markets by Connel Fullenkamp.
"Great Courses" lectures on how markets work: bonds, stocks, banks, the Fed, and more.

Economics, 3rd Edition by Timothy Taylor.
"Great Courses" lectures on macroeconomics that study the economy from the top down.

The New Economics, Third Edition by W. Edwards Deming.
System of economic transformation for Industry, Government, and Education.

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
One of the world's best known (and first written) classical economics books.

The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner.
Comprehensive advice on building passive income through real estate investments.


Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.
A richly nuanced portrait of the father of the USA.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
Subtitled "How One Girl Sootd Up for Education and Changed the World".

A Promised Land by Barack Obama.
A retrospective autobiography on the 44th US President.

Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Details the author's journey through bodybuilding, acting, and politics.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou.
Subtitled "Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes.

American Icon by Bryce Hoffman.
Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert (Bob) Iger.
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance.
Subtitled "Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future", a fitting title for Musk's life.

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart.
Life Lessons from a legendary comedian and entertainer.

The Snowball by Alice Schroeder.
Subtitled "Warren Buffet and the Business of Life", a viewport into Buffet's thought process.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.
A memoir by the founder of Nike and the early days of the company.

The Everything Store by Brad Stone.
A history of Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon.

Einstein by Walter Isaacson.
Biography about one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
A window into the mind of another brilliant entrepreneur.


The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert Paxton.
An objective and historically nuanced account of fascist governance. The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert Paxton.

The Story of World War II by Donald Miller and Henry Steele Commager.
A generous, over-arching history of this enormous conflict.

Vietnam by Max Hastings.
A deeply historical account of the war, subtitled "An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975".

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle by Robert Bartlett.
"Great Courses" lectures of the aforementioned philosophers and their teachings.

History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach by Gregory Aldrete.
"Great Courses" lectures providing detailed analyses on spectacular defeats.

Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell.
Nonfictional chronicle detailing Napolean's last stand at Waterloo.

Life and Cognition

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi.
A new perspective on the urgent issues of race, justice, and equality.

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis Jackson (50 Cent).
Collection of lessons learned from tragic personal loss to thriving businessman.

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry.
Perspective of both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline.

Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Subtitled "An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones".

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
Subtitled "A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus".

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
Story about family, loss, and the struggle for a better future.

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.
Subtitled "What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know".

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Unique perspective on challenges, risk, uncertainty, and life in general.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
Follow a man through his struggles with late stage cancer.

Don't Bite the Hook by Pema Chödrön.
Finding freedom from anger, resentment, and other destructive emotions.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Relive the struggles of a young African American girl living in a world of violence.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson.
Detailed psychological analysis of human behavior with interesting advice.

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins.
A book about gaining mental toughness to improve your resilience to life's challenges.

Relentless by Tim Grover.
Another controversial book on mental toughness by an athletic trainer.

Kick Ass by Mel Robbins.
Open discussion around adult problems with real people (only on Amazon Audible).

Tricks About Home Repair by Warren Green.
Short book with clear instructions on how to fix things at home.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
Author's life story about growing up in South Africa.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
Leadership advice on inspiring others to believe in your vision.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
Principle-driven leadership and communications advice for all people.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Jason Satterfield.
Modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change.

Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter Vishton.
"Great Courses" lectures providing empirical evidence on effecting parenting methods.

Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers by Andrew Wilson.
"Great Courses" lectures on military strategy and lessons learned.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Advice on how to adjust speech, mannerisms, and actions for the better.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
Explore the depths of public shaming on social media and how we enable it.


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