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Best New Year's Resolution? A "Stop Doing" List

USA Today
The start of the New Year is a perfect time to start a "stop doing" list and to make this the cornerstone of your New Year's resolutions, be it for your company, your family, or yourself.

Book Value

To judge by the bestseller lists, a lot of people think you can become a leader by reading books. You can—but they're not the ones you'd expect.

The Classics

Jim Collins offers what he believes to be the complete guide to the best business and management books ever written.

The Daily Drucker

by Peter F. Drucker (Foreword to the book published by HarperCollins)
Peter Drucker had an uncanny ability to develop insights about theworkings of the social world and to later be proved right by history.

Fast Company's Greatest Hits: Ten Years of the Most Innovative Ideas in Business

Edited by Mark N. Vamos and David Lidsky (Foreword to the book published by Penguin Group)
We need to examine life, work, and the connection between thetwo. We live short and die long, in the words of Dr. Walter M. Bortz, and the urgency of getting on with what we are meant to do with this one short life increases with each passing day.


by Bob Buford (Foreword to the book published by Zondervan)
We only get one life, and the urgency of getting on with what we’re meant to do increases every day.

Hesselbein on Leadership

by Frances Hesselbein (Foreword to the book by Frances Hesselbein)
As we can learn from Frances Hesselbein, if your leadership flows first and foremost from inner character and integrity of ambition, then you can justly ask people to lend themselves to your organization and its mission—and you can create results.

The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment

by Michael Ray (Foreword to the book by Michael Ray)
In Life, and in Business, you can follow the paint by numbers kit—or you can start with a blank canvas and paint a masterpiece. 

Hitting the Wall: Realizing that Vertical Limits Aren't

Edited by Michael Useem, Jerry Useem and Paul Asel (Chapter 1 and Epilogue from the book Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits.)
Jim has been a rock climber for more than 35 years. Here he shares some of his lessons for life and business that he learned in the vertical classroom, such as: climb to fallure, not failure; separate probability from consequence; be an expert beginner.

Leadership Lessons from West Point

Edited by Major Doug Crandall (Foreword to the book published by Jossey-Bass)
"In business, if you make bad decisions, people lose money, and perhaps jobs," the captain said. "In the military, if you make bad decisions, nations can fall and people can die."

The Learning Executive

Becoming a learning person involves responding to every situation with learning in mind.

Looking Out for Number One

The board of directors you really need doesn't give a damn about your company.


by Peter F. Drucker (Foreword to the book by Peter F. Drucker)
There are two ways to change the world: the pen (the use of ideas) and the sword (the use of power). Peter Drucker chose the pen and thereby rewired the brains of thousands who carry the sword—and contributed as much to the triumph of the free world as any other individual.

Pulling the Plug

Want to make room for all those new projects? Stop one thing you're doing right now.

The Secret Life of the CEO: Is the Economy Just Built to Flip?

Fast Company
Here's the truth: The problem isn't the market's rise or fall. The problem is people who react to events rather than seek to create something great.

Turning Goals into Results: The Power of Catalytic Mechanisms (not available online)

Harvard Business Review
Catalytic mechanisms are the most promising devices executives can use toachieve their Big Hairy Audacious Goals. For the full text of this article, please contact Harvard Business Review.