Readers are Leaders, and every time you read, you learn something new. Thankful to all the authors who made 2022 memorable in terms of reading. Here is a summary of the books I read in 2022.
Non-Violent Communication – Marshall B Rosenberg
Non Violent Communication means you communicate with compassion. People change not to avoid punishments, but only if it benefits themselves. The four components of non violent communication include Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests.
Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson
This book talks about the period when Sir Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and how he dealt with World War 2. This was a great read to learn about leadership and the life of Sir Winston Churchill.
Play Nice but Win– Michael Dell
Play Nice but Win is a book on Michael Dell and how he created Dell Inc. Michael talks about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he started in his teens, challenges, leadership and more.
Deep Purpose – Ranjay Gulati
Ranjay in his great book talks about Deep Purpose and how only companies with purpose will win in the long term. Companies which have Deep purpose will also motivate employees to work for them.
Vision Driven Leader– Michael Hyatt
Vision Driven Leader is another book which is similar to Ranjay’s Deep Purpose. In his book Michael talks about a leader being driven by vision. (you can also interchange this with purpose)
In his book Hooked, Nir Eyal talks about how to create Habit forming products. Nir also quotes a lot of examples of the products we use on a daily basis and how they become ingrained in our daily lives.
The Innovators – Walter Isaacson
The Innovators is a great read, and I am really glad I got to read this one. It talks about how Innovation is Teamwork, and it is not just the result of one person. You take what is already built and benefit from it. You also benefit from the research done by a lot of people. Innovation is done as a team, and the ecosystem plays a key role in inventions.
DeepWork – Cal Newport
DeepWork is a great read for anyone (especially in the technology industry). Deep Work means you work without distractions. DeepWork will be a strategic advantage and a key differentiator in today’s knowledge economy.
Einstein – His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson
This is the story of the great inventor Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein defied authority and he always questioned conventional wisdom. Einstein was also a man with flaws. However, his ability to be curious created him. He also defied authority and was a global citizen.
Subtract – Leidy Klotz
In his book Subtract, Leidy talks about how Subtraction (removal of things) needs to be a key part of our strategy to be successful. In his book, Leidy Klotz shares great examples (both public (States) and private companies) who won because of Subtraction.
Only the Paranoid Survive – Andrew S Grove
This is a great book from a legendary leader Andy S Grove, the ex. The CEO of Intel. Andy talks about Strategic inflection points in his book, and every business encounters this all the time. If we do not change, we get lost in the game and will eventually have to shut down the business. Talking Movies (movies where artists talk) is a great example of strategic inflection point which redefined the entertainment business.
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
Whenever you do something, you always should start with Why? Why are you doing this? Everything will follow. Leaders who start with a WHY sustain long term. They invent things. If you do not start with a Why and you are focussed on What, you cannot have big wins or inventions. Wright Brothers started with WHY and invented the airplanes.
Thank you again to all these great authors. You have added significant value to our lives. A big thanks and gratitude.