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Books You Should Read 2012: 5 New, 5 Not So New, 5 In the Works

Debra Sunohara

 Some of our colleagues here at Delta Partners have recommended books that they have read and loved in 2012, that they have recently reread and still love, and that they can’t wait to read once they become available.

And so, as many of us think about how we will strive to improve ourselves in 2013, here is a list of our recommended reading:

5 New

Power of habit


The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg takes a look at the science behind habits, why the exist, and how we can change them.




Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy

An insightful look at resilience and how encouraging adaptation, agility and cooperation can help us rebound rather than fold under the pressure of change.


Smart trust


Smart Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey, Greg Link, Rebecca R. Merrill

Having convinced us of the importance of trust and how to build it in The Speed of Trust, the authors take it one step further in Smart Trust and illustrate the impact of a ‘high trust’ climate of organizations.



Collaboration, Morten Hansen

Morten Hansen provides leaders, government, and organizations with a ‘how to’ get collaboration right in a focused, disciplined, and results-oriented way.


Brain rules


Brain Rules, John Medina

Brain Rules succeeds at breaking down how our brains work in plain English and in an accessible, informative, and engaging way. A must read for any and all who want to know how to ‘get the most out our brains’.

5 Old Not so New

If you haven’t yet read these five books, this holiday season may be a good time to give anyone of them a try.

The No Asshole Rule: No asshole ruleBuilding a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, Bob Sutton (2010)

According to Sutton, “The most important reason that I wrote this book is that demeaning people do terrible damage to others and to their companies. And even though there are occasions when being an asshole helps people and companies “win,” my view is that if you are a winner and an asshole, you are still an asshole and I don’t want to be around you!”

Made to stick


Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath & Dan Heath (2007)

One of the most popular business books of the last decade.


Leading change

Leading Change, Kotter (1996)

In 1996, John Kotter published Leading Change, which quickly became the seminal work in the change management space.16 years later—an eon in the Internet time-space to which we have become accustomed—and Leading Change is still the work that most change management professionals will point to when asked “how to do it.”


Empty raincoat

The Empty Raincoat, Charles Handy (1994)

 "We were not destined to be empty raincoats, nameless numbers on a payroll, role occupants, the raw material of economics or sociology, statistics in some government report… If that is to be its price, then economic progress is an empty promise." Handy feels that everyone’s challenge is to fill their empty raincoat and create meaning in their life.

7 habits


7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey (1990)

A classic resource and approach to personal organization, prioritization, and efficiency. 


5 To Be Released

2013 is already looking promising with new books scheduled for release from some of today’s most influential business writers including Seth Godin, Brian Solis and Eric Schmidt.

Icarus deception


The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin (December 31, 2012)



The New Digital Age, Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen (April 23, 2013)

Whats future business


What’s the Future of Business, Brian Solis (March 18, 2013)

A title that is sure to draw some attention!


Doing more teams


Doing More With Teams, Bruce Piasecki (April 2013)



Give and Take, Adam Grant (April 9, 2013)
Why do some people rise to the top while others sink to the bottom of the ladder of success?

Please let us know which books you think we’ve missed that really should be included here!


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Posted by Debra Sunohara
Posted on December 10, 2012

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