Liane Davey’s Summer Reading List

June 27, 2018

Liane Davey is the co-founder of 3COze, and a keynote speaker, facilitator, and bestselling author. Her newest book, The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track (and Regain Your Sanity Along the Way), is coming out in Spring 2019.

Into the Blast Furnace: The Forging of a CEO’s Conscience, by Courtney Pratt and Larry Gaudet
I read this book when it first came out in 2009—back when reading about a failing Canadian steel company was still shocking. I was surprised by what I found behind the cover. This wasn’t just a book about a failing industry, and creditor protection, and obnoxious hedge fund managers. This is a book is about the flawed and fragile humans that inhabit our businesses—the ones that make decisions that impact tens of thousands of lives. I’m going to read this one again this summer. I need a reminder that great leaders have a strong conscience. But I promise, Into the Blast Furnace is as much of a juicy beach read as any murder mystery or romance novel you’ll find. I highly recommend you pick it up. 

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts, by Ryan Holiday
I’m in the midst of writing my third book and fretting and sweating about making it worthy. I’ve just started Ryan Holiday’s book in search of the secret formula to writing a book that really makes a difference in the world. I’m 100 pages in and enjoying the stories of successful authors, song writers, restaurant owners, and product designers.

The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact and Wealth, by David C. Baker
I met David Baker while I was in Boston to give a speech. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and immediately wanted more of his wisdom. Thankfully, he’s distilled it into a book, which is now atop my pile. I’m keen to understand the essential elements of building and selling expertise, particularly in a world where so many of the speakers and consultants I bump into could be better classified as entertainers rather than experts.

A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition, by Margaret Heffernan
I saw Margaret speak at an event and loved her frank and controversial talk. She threw out some doozies for corporate advisors like me. Here’s a taste, “management has science envy,” “Auditors and consultants have become alibis [to our clients]…we have become invested in their success and can no longer be objective,” and “Competition isn’t working.” Now I can’t wait to dig in to her book.

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Howard Green, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Allan Dib!


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