business reading goals

One thing that came of this weekend was that I am so behind on reading fabulous business books. So after some serious discussion with friends (i.e. peer groups aka awesome people who are successful and know business books inside and out), here’s where we’re at – a massive reading list.

Note: I operate best when I write things down and hold myself accountable to real people, fake people, internet people, whoever really. :)

My very public reading goals for August 2011 to July 2012:


  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Lead Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki


  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • Rework by Jason Fried
  • The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach – Finished August 7, 2011


  • Who: A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
  • My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman
  • The Greatness Guide – Part 1 by Robin Sharma


  • The Greatness Guide – Part 2 by Robin Sharma
  • The Anti 9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman
  • The Dip by Seth Godin


  • The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  • Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  • Crucial Confrontations by Kerry Patterson


  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath
  • Women and Money by Suze Orman
  • You Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself by Harry & Christine Becksmith


  • The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott
  • Brag: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus


  • Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher
  • All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


  • Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck
  • The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt


  • Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip Heath
  • Enchantment by by Guy Kawasaki
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell


  • Built to Last by Jim Collins
  • The eMyth Mastery by Michael Gerber
  • Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Scott Keller


  • Six Pixels of Separation by Mitch Joel
  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Make the Impossible Possible by Bill Strickland

Tired yet? Yah, me too. But I’m going to work with Tony Robbins to get me some energy quick. ;)

One year. 36 business books.

Wish me luck.

PS – This list will likely evolve. Who knows… My list could dramatically change. I could be married, divorced, a house, a dog, a cat, some kind of rodent and a baby on the way by mid-2012… kidding… kidding.  Well, I hope I’m kidding, cause that would be awful. :)

PPS – When I finish these, can I consider myself having complete a Masters Degree? Masters of Management by The University of Indigo Books. People would respect that right? ;)
PPS – If you have an opinions on the above or any other book recommendations – let me know!!


  1. Anthony Draffin July 17, 2011

    Hi Jillian, you’ve chosen some quality books there. I particularly like Steven Covey’s 7 Habits… I think this is a great read for people in all facets of business. It often forms part of various courses too as people often reference Covey for time management (the four matrix squares with two axis urgency and importance). Some of the other books you have on the list are equally as good.

    Knowing that you have an HR focus, have you considered reading Daniel Goleman’s ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Social Intelligence’ books? Josh Kaufman’s ‘Personal MBA’ is great for a holistic look at business too. It looks at business and management from the ground up. A truly good reference book for organisational culture is Edgar Schein’s ‘Organizational Culture and Leadership’. Schein was responsible for defining the elements of organisational culture and his book is well researched. For leadership I recommend any book by John C. Maxwell – he used to pay top leaders to have lunch with him so that he could pick their brains.

    Good luck,

  2. Chelsea K July 18, 2011

    Love this. I hope you don’t mind me stealing off your list. You’re such an inspiration!

    I have Enchantment & all the Malcolm Gladwell books if you want to borrow. :)

  3. Jillian Walker August 8, 2011

    I just finished the Automatic Millionaire and it was super great. Yes… I did read it in the wrong order. :)

  4. Jillian Walker August 8, 2011

    Hey Anthony – just wanted to say that I really appreciate you taking the time to comment (and double checking when it didn’t come through right away!). I haven’t heard of Daniel Goleman but I will definitely check it out. The Personal MBA list gave me a few good recommendations too. It looks like I already have my 2012-2013 goals ready to go ha ha…. :)


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