Who said professional development books can’t also be great summer reads? Whatever your plans are this season, take time to recharge your professional batteries as well as your personal.
 
Here’s our Summer 2022 Reading List: our top 10 recommended professional development books you can bring to the pool, lake or even backyard to take your strategic leadership to the next level.
 

1. “Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business” by Gino Wickman

 
A must-read for anyone looking to get a better handle on the big-picture strategy and operations of your organization.
 

2. “American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company” by Bryce Hoffman 

 
A business narrative revealing how Ford CEO Alan Mulally led his team from near bankruptcy to unmatched profits during the auto industry collapse of 2008.
 

3. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

 
Teaches you how to build effective habits that will make you a better leader and give you more control over your day. This one has been a game-changer for many on our team.
 

4. “The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Virtues” by Patrick Lencioni

 
Whether you want to be an ideal team player or hire one, this book is a must. Learn how to create a culture of individuals who are all working toward the same goal.
 

5. “Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives and Winners Around the World” by Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross

 
A top pick for any executive looking to protect your organization from being understaffed and underqualified. Learn how to spot, attract and retain the best of the best.
 

6. “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins

 
A classic showcasing the surprising attributes that put average organizations lightyears ahead of their competition. This one is a frequent re-read for our team.
 

7. “The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work” by Shawn Achor

 
For anyone tired of the pessimistic, doomsday attitude prevalent throughout much of culture today. Learn how to increase positivity on your team and in your life.
 

8. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown

 
Ideal for anyone falling victim to the “tyranny of the urgent.” Learn how to identify your most essential tasks and eliminate the rest so you can maximize your impact at work and home.
 

9. “Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know” by Adam Grant

 
Sheds light on the important truth that we have more to learn from each other than we think. Ideal for teaching your team how to communicate through disagreement.
 

10. “Hero on a Mission” by Donald Miller

 
Teaches you how to take back the reigns of your professional and personal life no matter what stage you’re in. A perfect mid-year reset.
 
You’ll find our team at On The Mark Strategies with these and other books this summer. What about you? What are you reading this summer?

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