Michael Bungay Stanier’s Summer Reading List

June 22, 2018

We asked a few Page Two authors to put together their summer reading lists for your summer reading inspiration! Our second list is from Michael Bungay Stanier, the founder and CEO of Box of Crayons. He’s also the author of several books, including the The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.

The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation, by Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson
I’ve read many books on sales, and none of them have got me excited. This one turns conventional wisdom on its end (“build relationships”) and says instead: teach, provoke, lead.

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries of Daily Life, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Speaking of provocative, Nassim Nicholas Taleb never pulls his punches. I’d love his books to be edited a little tighter, but I fully expect this book on balancing risk and impact to be as eye-opening as The Black Swan.

Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard
Mary Beard’s SPQR was an epic read. This is a short but I suspect potent manifesto on the roots of misogyny and women’s exclusion from power.

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Howard Green, Liane Davey, and Allan Dib!

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