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Business Leaders and Their Books

Good to Great, The Tipping Point, Ogilvy on Advertising, and other great business books have played an influential role in the way leaders, across categories of business, think about business, their organizations and relationships.

We asked a few business leaders in Greater Cincinnati about their favorite business books and the influence these books have had on their personal and professional lives.

Robert Reifsnyder, President, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Favorite Business Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Death by Meeting and others by Patrick Lencioni

“Patrick Lencioni writes brief, novella-like business “fables” about typical business situations and then provides useful business principles and ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ practices. Death by Meeting helped my Executive Team and’I reshape our meetings to be more effective. If you like your business learnings in ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ readable doses that move like a good novel, try him!”

Liz Mathews, Culinary Creative Director, LPK

Favorite Business Book: The Creative Priority: Driving Innovative Business in the Real World by Jerry Hirshberg

“The book is about 12 years old now but Hirshberg has interesting insights into the muddled decision making at General Motors in the 1970s and 1980s that is (sadly) current.”

Rick Koehler, Chief Strategic Officer, Architects Plus

Favorite Business Book: Good to Great by Jim Collins

“The Hedgehog Principle speaks to those companies and their leaders who kept doing what they did best and did not waver in the face of adversity.’In the long run, it paid dividends for them as they eventually came out on top of their peers. As for Architects Plus, I credit the use of the Hedgehog Principle for our decision to move vertical, seeking new clients in the markets we already served (and we’re considered experts in) vs. seeking new clients in new markets. That decision saved our company within the recent economic recession and we now have a great backlog of work and are back to full strength in terms of staff size.”

David Fisher, President, Jones the Florist

Favorite Business Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

“A great book especially for car lovers, it is the story of a race car driver, his dog, and his wife who is not healthy. It’s a pretty quick read yet contains great life lessons about companionship/relationships, pressure and perseverance.’I really enjoyed it.”

John Baines, President, HAHN Automation

Favorite Business Book: The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

Good to Great is actually my favorite but The Rise of the Creative Class was more influential for me even if it doesn’t necessarily qualify as a “business book”.’This book explains some of my motivation behind my involvement with the European-American Chamber of Commerce (EACC)”

Stuart Aitken, CEO, dunnhumbyUSA

Favorite Business Book: Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

Why We Buy is the first book that really got into the psychology of shopping from a shopper perspective and gave practical actions a retailer could take to address the needs of the customer.”

Ann Keeling, President, Cristofoli-Keeling, Inc.

Favorite business book: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

“Gladwell is one of the most visionary writers of our time.’ His knack for’understanding social behaviors and human decision making processes ‘ and the “common sense” factor of his writings are extremely applicable in life”.

Terry Hanker, President, Comey & Shepherd Realtors

Favorite Business Book: Differentiate or Die by Jack Trout

“There is always an overarching business lesson to learn even from outside the real estate industry.’Differentiate or Die has a nice balance between “knee jerk” reactions to changing times and thoughtful approaches to deciding if change is really needed within your operation. I love the case studies of both good decisions and even the not-so-brilliant decisions throughout the book.”

Elle Morris, Vice President/General Manager, LPK Beauty

Favorite Business Book: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton

“Assholes like to duplicate themselves in a culture and move themselves to the top. If management doesn’t move quickly to get them out, then their credibility is ruined and as the organization’s culture falls, so does the company.”

Deborah Ooten, CEO, Conscious Dynamics

Favorite Business Book: The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

“This book combines the storytelling of an incredible life while weaving in overarching principles of doing business. Even though the type of business is way beyond what I do in my business, it is exciting to apply these lessons within my own life.”

Neal Hendy, President, Neal’s Design & Remodel

Favorite Business Book: Guerrilla Marketing by Jim Conrad Levinson

“I read Guerilla Marketing what seems like decades ago yet it still rings true today.’Every member of an organization can contribute to building the business by finding low cost yet highly effective marketing and PR opportunities that create a systematic plan for the overall business strategy.”

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