The Ultimate Sales Machines (Portfolio, 2008)

This is a must read for anyone in a leadership position. It covers a wide range of topics, from running effective meetings, to personal productivity tips, to marketing, to hiring superstars. Every chapter is different and filled with practical advice. I recommend reading it more than once. Although it’s a book about sales, the author doesn’t spend chapter after chapter with typical sales tactics. Rather, he provides advice and easy to implement ideas for running an engaged and productive company which ultimately increases sales. Holmes does include two chapters that directly cover sales that are also interesting and valuable.

The Top 40 Most Inventive Companies

Chief Executive
June 15, 2015

The Sqoop indexes on patents and grants rank the top 40 ‘most inventive’ companies. as they are published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It has pulled together a list of the companies that have applied for the most patents, and received the most grants, from the USPTO so far this year.

Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.   Peter Drucker

The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

John Maxwell is known as one of the most influential leadership advisors in the country.  So when he writes a book for leaders, it draws a lot of attention.  He is passionate about effective leadership and this book provides his “26 critical lessons every leader needs.”