Their reading lists might surprise (and benefit) you.
By Charles Waldo
“A person who will not read has no advantage over a person who cannot read.” ( Author Mark Twain)
“What book(s), both fiction and non-fiction, are you reading these days?” is the simple question the highly respected, management consulting giant McKinsey& Company asks a few CEO’s of both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations from time to time. The results are then shared via e-journals with clients, possible future clients, and other interested persons. These quarterly publications also have several articles on cutting edge topics from leading academics, consultants, executives, and political figures. It is of Harvard Business Review quality, in my opinion. (To no-cost subscribe go to www.mckinsey.org and follow the prompts.)
Here are the books, both NON-fiction and fiction, that TEN United States CEO’s, from a variety of types and sizes of organizations, reported reading during mid-2017. Lack of space prevents listing the NON-U.S. executives’ choices but we’ll overview them shortly.
Note that there are thousands of persons in the U.S. wearing the title “CEO” or something similar. Hearing from just ten does not provide a reliable picture of all, but their choices out of the thousands of titles available can suggest good resources for your professional and personal development.