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The 46 Books I Read in 2014

January 1st, 2015

January 2014

1.     Twenty Things You Need To Know by Donald J. Wheeler

2.     Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald J. Wheeler

3.     "I Love You More Than My Dog": Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad by Jeanne Bliss

4.     David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

5.     Managers as Mentors, Third Edition: Building Partnerships for Learning by Chip R Bell and Marshall Goldsmith

6.     Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard


February 2014

7.     I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

8.     Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

9.     The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin


March 2014

10.  Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders by Jason Jennings

11.  Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity by Luc De Brabandere and Alan Iny

12.  Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir


April 2014

13.  The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business by Duff McDonald

14.  Our Emperors Have No Clothes: Incredibly stupid things corporate executives have done while reengineering, restructuring, downsizing, TQM’ing, team-building, and empowering… in order to cover their ifs, ands or “buts.” by Alan Weiss

15.  Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can't Afford to Miss by David Cottrell

16.  Memories of a Jewish Childhood by Harriet Ottenstein

17.  The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life by Rick Pitino and Eric Crawford

18.  HBR Guide to Coaching Your Employees by Harvard Business Review


May 2014

19.  It’s What We Do Together That Counts: The BIC Alliance Story by Earl Heard

20.  HBR Guide to Office Politics: Level the field, Rise above rivalry, Avoid power games by Harvard Business Review

21.  Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark


July 2014

22.  The Deming Management Method by Mary Walton

23.  The new Porsche Macan. Life, Intensified by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

24.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


August 2014

25.  Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

26.  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

27.  Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA by Tamara Lowe


September 2014

28.  Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

29.  Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

30.  The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts Hardcover by Stanley Bing

31.  The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs

32.  The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow by Mark Miller

33.  The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran


October 2014

34.  Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary Klein

35.  Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

36.  Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley

37.  This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works by John Brockman


November 2014

38.  Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

39.  Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

40.  What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan


December 2014

41.  Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Adam Bryant and Jeff Gurner

42.  The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

43.  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

44.  The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

45.  The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh

46.  Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream By James Altucher


And of course please consider adding our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (Mathis, Galloway) to your reading list! –


Happy reading!

Shawn M. Galloway