At the First Friday Book Synopsis, we present synopses of two business books each month. Each synopsis comes with a multi-page, comprehensive synopsis handout. The handouts include: the reasons why the book is worth our time; the best of the highlighted passages from the book; references to the best stories in the book; lessons and principles described in the book; and the lessons and takeaways from the book. This year, I (Randy Mayeux) presented 23 of the 24 synopses. We had one guest presentation from long-time regular participant Ed Savage. (Thanks, Ed).
(Note: since the fall of 2017, I have presented all but a couple of the synopses. Before that , Karl Krayer and I each presented one synopsis each month. Karl is no longer able to participate after suffering a stroke in t 2017. Thus, I present both synopses each month, except for a rare guest presentation ).
I am planning to share three blog posts in my Year in Review, leading up to the book that I consider the “book of the year” from the ones I presented.
This post is simple – a list of all the books presented at the 2019 First Friday Book Synopsis (including the two for our December session on Dec. 6). This is a list worth perusing. And, I can assure you that if you read all of these books, you will greatly enhance your “business world’ education.
Here are the books presented at our event during 2019. (Sorry about the irregular formatting in this list – chalk it up to my lack of WordPress expertise).
1. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown. Random House. 2018.
2. This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin. Portfolio. 2018.
- Leadership: In Turbulent Timesby Doris Kearns Goodwin –Simon & Schuster; First Edition/First Printing edition (September 18, 2018) – Guest Presenter Ed Savage
2. Nuts!: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success by Kevin Freiberg and Jackie Frieberg. Crown Business; Reprint edition (February 17, 1998).
- The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growthby Amy Edmondson. Wiley; 1 edition (November 20, 2018).
- AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 25, 2018).
1. The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. Simon & Schuster. (2016).
2. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport. Portfolio (2019).
1. Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall. St. Martin’s Press (2019).
2. Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. Harvard Business Review Press (2019).
- Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbellby Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle. HarperBusiness (2019)
2. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller. HarperCollins Leadership (2017)
July, 2019 (Note; second Friday, July 12)
- Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized Worldby David Epstein.Riverhead Books (2019)
- WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Gameby Abby Wambach.Celadon Books. (2019)
1. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – May 17, 2016 by Chris Voss (Author), Tahl Raz (Author)
2. Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It) – March 12, 2019 by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (Author)
1. The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo. Portfolio (March 19, 2019)
- Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinctionby Thomas M. Siebel. RosettaBooks (July 9, 2019).
1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell.Little, Brown and Company (September 10, 2019)
2. The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman. Riverhead Books (August 27, 2019)
1. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West. Random House (September 3, 2019).
2. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. Portfolio (October 15, 2019).
- What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben Horowitz, (Foreword: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.). HarperBusiness (October 29, 2019)
2. Be Our Guest: Revised and Updated Edition: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service (The Disney Institute Leadership Series) by The Disney Institute and Theodore Kinni. Disney Editions; Revised, Updated edition (December 16, 2011)