Brad’s curated reading list of best-selling books that every business leader should read.
Influential Books: The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“The Phenomenon of Man,” by Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest, was published in 1955 after his death. His work presages the spanning of our planet in thought. My blog, “The Ideosphere” is kin to the “Noosphere” (from the Greek nous “mind”), introduced to the world by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1922.
Influential Books: Seven Habits by Stephen Covey
Seven Habits is a classic. Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win/win, seek first to understand, synergize, sharpen the saw. Covey training was mandatory for all up-and-coming executives at Andersen Consulting.
Influential Books: Managing Expectations by Naomi Karten
After reading this book, I was able to create and maintain a greater balance between work and family and professional and personal life. She conveyed simple and effective techniques that I was able to employ.
Influential Books: The Five Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman & Jennifer Thomas
Expressing regret, accepting responsibility, making restitution, genuinely repenting, and requesting forgiveness. In my role as CIO at UT Austin, I frequently had to apologize for my mistakes and mistakes made by my team. Apologizing is strength not weakness, and takes courage.