As strategists we should always be looking out for new and better ways to see and understand the world around us. There are lots of different ways of doing this, but most come down to talking and listening to people, the radio or podcasts, travel, reading books, magazines and blogs, or watching films and documentaries on as diverse and challenging topics as you can find.
With that in mind, I've decided to share this list of 11 books that have transformed the way I see the world, starting from the more practical and progressing through the more philosophical to the more esoteric:
- The Balanced Scorecard - Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton
- On Competition - Michael Porter
- The 5th Discipline - Peter Senge
- The Goal - Eliyahu Goldratt & Jeff Cox
- The Art of War - Sun Tzu
- The Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
- One - Richard Bach
- The Dancing Wu Li Masters - Gary Zukav
- The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
- Open Secret - Wei Wu Wei
I've put the Amazon links below, in case you're intrigued enough to pick one up. They're not always the exact same editions as I have, but that shouldn't matter. The exception to this is with The Art of War and The Tao Te Ching, where the translation can make a huge difference - for these two I've been careful to select translations that have worked well for me.