The SHIFTPOINTS Reference Library

Leaders are readers.

At SHIFTPOINTS, we are committed to learning from leaders who have illuminated the path for other like-minded travelers.  Here are the books which have influenced us the most:

Everything ever written by Ken Blanchard 

The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market  Michael Treacy

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't – Jim Collins

The Winning Performance: How America's High-Growth Midsize Companies Succeed – Donald K. Clifton, Jr. and Richard E Cavanagh

Performance : Creating the Performance-Driven Organization – Mark A. Stiffler

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham

Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance [Updated & Revised] – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Differentiate or Die: Survival in Our Era of Killer Competition – Jack Trout

The Power of Alignment: How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Extraordinary Things – George Labovitz

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change – Lou Gerstner, Jr.

Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies – Robert S. Kaplan and David P.Norton

Follow this Path: How the World's Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential – Curt Coffman and Gabriel Gonzolez-Molina

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse – Geoff Colvin

Why Pride Matters More Than Money: The Power of the World's Greatest Motivational Force – Jon Katzenbach

Aligning the Stars: How to Succeed When Professionals Drive Results – Jay Lorsch and Thomas J. Tierney

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Human Sigma: Managing the Employee-Customer Encounter – John H. Fleming and Jim Asplund

The Ultimate Question 2.0 (Revised and Expanded Edition): How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World – Fred Reichheld

The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation – Gary Lafley and Ram Charan

Courageous Leadership – Bill Hybels