RDP Book Recommendations

The 48 Laws of Power: Greene, Robert: 8601400945018: Amazon.com: Books

48 Laws of Power: Robert Greene

One of the greatest books ever written, so good, it’s banned in the prison system.

Principles: Life and Work: Dalio, Ray: 9781501124020: Amazon.com: Books

Principles: Ray Dalio

The life and work principles of the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund. Probably the business book I give away the most.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World: Epstein, David:  9780735214484: Amazon.com: Books

Range: David Epstein

Roger Federer vs. Tiger Woods; van Gogh vs. Mozart. A fascinating comparison of generalists and specialists and why the world needs both.

How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game  Changers: Rubenstein, David M.: 9781982132156: Amazon.com: Books

How to Lead: David Rubenstein

Chairman and founder of the Carlyle Group (and owner of the Magna Carta??) – this book is a collection of interviews with the world’s most interesting leaders and CEOs.

Amazon.com: Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon  Valley's Bill Campbell (9780062839268): Schmidt, Eric, Rosenberg, Jonathan,  Eagle, Alan: Books

Trillion Dollar Coach: Eric Schmidt

Former Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, tells the story of Bill Campbell – board advisor and mentor to Apple, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Facebook, and on and on.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: McKeown, Greg:  8601407068765: Amazon.com: Books

Essentialism: Greg McKeown

How many best-selling business books quote Henry B Eyring? Just this one.

Amazon.com: Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being  Remarkable (Audible Audio Edition): Seth Godin, Seth Godin, Penguin Audio:  Audible Audiobooks

Purple Cow: Seth Godin

All of Seth Godin’s books are great, but this is probably his best. How to build a company and brand products and services that are worth marketing.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt  Disney Company: Iger, Robert: 9780399592096: Amazon.com: Books

The Ride of a Lifetime: Robert Iger

Chairman and now former CEO of Disney, Bob Iger’s story from the cutting floor of ABC Sports to the corner office, dives into the deals and deal process that helped grow Disney’s business and fuel his meteoric rise.

Amazon.com: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike eBook: Knight, Phil:  Kindle Store

Shoe Dog: Phil Knight

With $50 from his father, Phil Knight set off on creating a shoe company out of the trunk of his car. First year revenue – $8,000. 2019 revenue – $39 billion.

Amazon.com: The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History (9781594633980):  Johnson, Boris: Books

The Churchill Factor: Boris Johnson

Winston Churchill is one of my personal heroes and this book, written by the now Prime Minister of England, provides a great primer on “the large protruding nail on which destiny snagged her coat.”

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership: Walker, Sam: 9780812987072:  Amazon.com: Books

The Captain Class: Sam Walker

Good books about sports are few and far between. This dives into what makes championship-caliber team captains great and how we translate to the business world.

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make  Competition Irrelevant: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne: 0001591396190:  Amazon.com: Books

Blue Ocean Strategy: W. Chan Kim

Arguably the most famous strategy book ever written, the thesis is not to compete in crowded arenas with competitors, rather, in untapped “oceans” waiting for the first diver.

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk: Bernstein, Peter L.:  8601401203407: Amazon.com: Books

Against the Gods: Peter Bernstein

The Washington Post described it best, “A comprehensive history of man’s efforts to understand risk and probability, from ancient gamblers in Greece to modern chaos theory.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?: Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth,  Karen Dillon: 8601401290919: Amazon.com: Books

How Will You Measure Your Life?: Clayton Christensen

My favorite book of Clayton’s – Rose Park alum – asks important questions to ensure you live your life ethically and with a source of pride, but also reminds that personal relationships are the real indicator of success.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times: Goodwin, Doris Kearns: 9781476795928:  Amazon.com: Books

Leadership in Turbulent Times: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential historian, DKG, reviews the life and leadership style of Lincoln, Teddy & Franklin D Roosevelt, and Lyndon B Johnson during the most taxing moments of their careers.

Amazon.com: No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention eBook:  Hastings, Reed, Meyer, Erin: Kindle Store

No Rules: Reed Hastings

This book just came out, so I have not read it yet, but the way Netflix operates as a company remains the ultimate copy-cat goal. The main foundation is that Netflix is a sports team, not a family. One that is always looking to upgrade positions, foster an environment of appropriate competition, and always do what is best for the company, not the individual.

Bill Marriott: Success Is Never Final--his Life and the Decisions That  Built a Hotel Empire: Dale Van Atta: 9781629726007: Amazon.com: Books

Success is Never Final: Bill Marriott

A fascinating genesis story of Marriott – told by the son of J.W. and eventual Chairman, Bill. Marriott never set out to be the world’s largest hotel company, but is proof of the compound effect of smart, well-timed decisions.

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World: Tim  Ferriss: 9781328994967: Amazon.com: Books

Tribe of Mentors: Tim Ferriss

Tim is an odd duck, but has a terrific podcast and has written some very useful books. Tribe of Mentors contains interviews with world class performers across disciplines to illustrate the importance of routines, use of time, how to make decisions, etc. Another you may like as you train for next year is: Four Hour Body.

Thinking, Fast and Slow: Kahneman, Daniel: 8601200766745: Amazon.com: Books

Thinking Fast and Slow: Danny Kahneman

Nobel Prize winning Economist, Danny Kahneman breaks down how and why we think the way we do. Sometimes its appropriate to be fast and emotional, other times require more deliberation. This book is a reminder to slow down and ignore the noise in order to focus on the signals.

Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's: Kroc, Ray: 8601300195858:  Amazon.com: Books

Grinding it Out, The Making of McDonalds: Ray Kroc

Last one. Ray Kroc – innovator and business acumen behind the McDonalds brothers completely upended the fast food world by creating systems and processes and squashing inefficiencies to blitz scale.

Happy reading.