Michael S. McGuire, D.Sc.

Transforming Leaders

Below are just some of the authors, books, and research that have had a profound impact on me and my career. If you have an interest in leadership, communication skills and behavioral science, I highly recommend the resources from the reading list below.

Garr Reynolds

  • Presentation Zen
  • Presentation Zen Design
  • The Naked Presenter

Nancy Duarte

  • Slide:ology
  • Resonate
  • Illuminate

Daniel Pink

  • DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • To Sell Is Human
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future
  • Free Agent Nation

Chip & Dan Heath

  • Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die
  • Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard
  • Decisive

Simon Sinek

  • Start With Why
  • Leaders Eat Last

John Kotter

  • Leading Change
  • A Sense of Urgency

William Bridges

  • Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

Gina Barnett

  • Play The Part

Edward Tufte

  • Visual Explanations
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  • Envisioning Information

Stephen Few

  • Information Dashboard Design

Les McKeown

  • The Synergist

Galinsky & Schweitzer

  • Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both

Susan Cain

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Ed Catmull

  • Creativity, Inc.

Liz Wiseman

  • Multipliers
  • Rookie Smarts

Charles Jacobs

  • Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn't Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science

Ed Pittampalli

  • Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World

Robert Fritz

  • The Path of Least Resistance for Managers

Em Griffin

  • A First Look at Communication Theory - Sixth Edition

Patrick Lencioni

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide

Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler

  • Crucial Conversations
  • Crucial Accountability

Michael Watkins

  • The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

Stephen M. R. Covey

  • The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Daniel Kahneman

  • Thinking Fast and Slow

Malcolm Gladwell

  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Dan Ariely

  • Predictably Irrational

Tim Sanders

  • The Likability Factor

Robert B. Cialdini, PH.D.

  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Richard Restak, M.D.

  • The Naked Brain

Rosamund & Benjamin Zander

  • The Art of Possibility

Travis Bradberry

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Kouzes & Posner

  • Learning Leadership