Management coaching reading list

A Listmania! list by Nimrod Hoofien (Palo Alto, CA)
The list author says: "This is my reading list for becoming a better and more self aware leader. It is geared towards the line manager and mid manager at technical organizations but most of it is applicable to any leadership position."
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
1.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
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  "Start here. Learn how to become and effective individual before you take on making others effective."
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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box
2.  Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by Arbinger Institute
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  "This is hands down the book that influenced me more than any other I have read on the subject. It is profound and very evocative and absolutely requires a second and third read. In fact, I go back to it at least once a year just to center myself."
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
3.  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
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  "Patrick Lencioni does a great job of telling the story of a broken team to illustrate his model. Read the model first - it is the last part of the book. Then go back to read the narrative from the beginning and get back to the model."
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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
4.  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
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  "Drive by Daniel Pink provides a cohesive theory of motivation and applies its principles to every day management questions such as team composition, job design, and compensation models. Very clear and principled approach to the topic allows you to think through your own challenges and better explain people's behavior and help you better shape them."
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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
5.  Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
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  "Great book by writer and researcher Jim Collins who tried to statistically identify companies that managed to turn the corner and become lasting successes. He then goes on to identify the characteristics that made them so."
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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
6.  Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman
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  "Learned Optimism will teach you about the impact your world view has on you, your mood, your success, and the way you influence people around you. And the best part - you can change it if you want to."
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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
7.  Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam M. Grant Ph.D.
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  "Adam Grant dissects relationship styles and demonstrates through a broad survey of psychological and sociological research how a giving style generates better long term outcomes. He goes on to help you identify your style and refine your interactions with different types of people at work and in general."
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How to Win Friends & Influence People
8.  How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
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  "An old classic book that promotes simple universal principals of forging and maintaining relationships. I find it as relevant today as the day it was written (over 70 years ago)."
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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
9.  The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
The list author says:
  "Shawn Achor is a compelling writer and researcher. In this book he describes years of research and work with hundreds of organizations leading to a remarkable discovery - happiness is the cause of success, not the result. Achor goes further to describe specific practices to help increase happiness and walks through numerous case studies and applications."
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Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams   (Second Edition)
10.  Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition) by Tom DeMarco
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  "Probably the single most influential software management book I've read. Has many of the ideas that ended up evolving into the agile movement. Also draws attention to the contributing factors to team effectiveness."
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Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job
11.  Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job by Dennis Bakke
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  "Great book about a whole different type of inclusive leadership. The book tells the story of AES, a power-plant company that runs amazingly flat and self-organized teams that perform mission-critical work and practically manage themselves."
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The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)
12.  The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
The list author says:
  "This classic software project management book was one of the first to describe the holy trinity of resources/scope/quality.  And you can only control two. Well, in reality you can only control one because the team will set the quality bar for itself."
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The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity
13.  The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity by Alan Cooper
The list author says:
  "Everything I know about making people and software work well together I learned from Alan Cooper. This book introduced what  were revolutionary ideas around the need for interaction design and usability. Surprisingly enough this is still news to most software organizations."
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
14.  Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
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  "Straight forward how-to book on personal organization and time management. A must for anyone who has trouble containing their work and end up doing 60+ hour work weeks. I use this method every day."
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Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life
15.  Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life by Stuart Diamond
The list author says:
  "Stuart Diamon'd approach to negotiation and communication is nothing short of revolutionary. The basic ideas of generating new value and exchanging good will are applicable to every situation and generate better outcomes consistently. This is the next step in negotiation theory beyond the MIT school of thought."
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
16.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "A lot of Gladwell's writing is pseudo-science at best, but some of his ideas are worth paying attention to. Mostly, he takes a lot of ideas and research from different places and draws interesting integrative conclusions."
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The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
17.  The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar
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  "Beautiful fable on entrepreneurial life and on generating meaning. An easy and inspiring read."
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Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
18.  Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
The list author says:
  "John Medina takes current research in neuro-science and derives the day-to-day implications that should govern our lives."
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Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
19.  Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds
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  "Taking presentations to the next level (no power point please!) and combining great visualization and high production quality to deliver a point and evoke emotion. The book itself is also magnificently produced."
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Beautiful Evidence
20.  Beautiful Evidence by Edward R. Tufte
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  "Tufte is the grand priest of data visualization. His fourth book is a collection of some of his best work and is definitely the most approachable and easy to read."
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Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development)
21.  Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development) by Ken Schwaber
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  "The first, and in my opinion still the best, description of the scrum methodology. A must read for any leader in a modern software development organization, whether you use scrum or not."
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User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
22.  User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn
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  "A whole new way of thinking about product definition and the relationship between customer, product manager, and developer."
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Now, Discover Your Strengths
23.  Now, Discover Your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton
The list author says:
  "The follow up book by Marcus Buckingham covering the idea of strength analysis and playing to the strengths of the leader and the team. I like a lot of the ideas in this book except for the distinct tendency to assume weaknesses can not really be overcome. Guess I'm a little too optimistic for that."
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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
24.  Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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  "Achieving a state of Flow should be the goal of every effectiveness effort you make when designing and tweaking your team. Learn what it is and how to get it to happen more often."
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