Bill’s Recommended Readings
- Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.
- Dig Your Well Before You Are Thirsty by Harvey Mackay.
- Make Your Contacts Count by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon.
- Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Black Book of Connections.
- Masters Of Networking, by Misner and Morgan. Great compendium of articles by some of the top networkers in the world.
On your first 100 days in a new job. Three excellent books that will help you get off to a good start in any new assignment:
- The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins.
- The New Leader’s 100 Day Action Plan by Bradt, Check and Pedraza.
- You’re In Charge … Now What? by Thomas Neff and James Citrin.
- Leadership Jazz by Max DePree.
- Lincoln On Leadership by Donald T. Phillips.
- The Situational Leader by Dr. Paul Hersey.
- First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. What great managers do differently based upon in-depth interviews of 80,000 managers.
- The Leader’s Bookshelf by Admiral Stavridis. He interviewed senior active and retired 4 Star military leaders to find the books they felt propelled them to success and gave them the most leadership insights.
- First Things First by Steven Covey.
One of my all time favorites:
- Good To Great by Jim Collins. It is about what makes great companies great based upon data versus opinion.
Two of my latest favorites:
- Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman The only book I have read where I highlighted something on almost every page. In my opinion it is the seminal book for explaining how today’s “dizzying” change is impacting our lives across technology, culture, politics and the environment.
- Principles by Ray Dalio. Founder of Bridgewater Associates. He shares his business life very candidly, both successes and failures. He is a proponent of radical honesty and transparency.
Great Organizations to Join
GetFive, America’s premier career counseling network. Please to find out how to join GetFive (formerly The Five O’Clock Club) and begin taking charge of your career.
ExecuNet, recognized as the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for effective career management, exclusively for executives and senior-level managers with salaries above $150,000.
Some Favorite Quotes
Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future. Melanie Gustafson
The answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything…. is…42. Douglas Adams
An expert at anything was once a beginner. Anonymous
Clear your mind of can’t. Dr. Samuel Johnson
It’s true that God made man before woman, but one always makes a rough draft before creating a masterpiece. Anonymous
To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Dr. Samuel Johnson
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. General Patton
Some people are afraid of heights. I am afraid of widths.” Steven Wright
If it doesn’t absorb you, if it isn’t any fun, don’t do it. D. H. Lawrence
If you can’t laugh at yourself maybe you just aren’t funny. Anonymous