Each month, I post the New York Times list of best-selling business books. They have just published their December list.
A few words about the perennial best sellers that seem to always be included, month after month. This month’s list, like most month’s lists, shows the staying power of some key books. Let me share a few brief thoughts about these perennial best-sellers:
- Atomic Habits. This has been at #1 for so very long, starting during the pandemic. If you want to build good habits, personal and work, and/or if you want to break bad habits, this book by James Clear is very much worth reading.
- Dare to Lead. Brené Brown is a force of nature. This book is about the need for braver leaders and courageous cultures. A book worth reading for all leaders and aspiring leaders.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow. Daniel Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. This book may be best known for his two “systems of thinking” – System 1– almost without thinking; immediate impulse thinking, and System 2 – much more deliberate, more carefully thinking things through. This is a profound book.
- Extreme Ownership. Former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin state clearly that it is all on the leader; leadership requires complete ownership. I have one client that has me present my synopsis of this book two to three times every year for their next new round of employees on their leadership track. It is an excellent book!
- Grit. Angela Duckworth is pretty much THE guru on resilience, and this book is her great contribution to this aspect of human endeavor.
We have presented all five of these at the First Friday Book Synopsis. And it is understandable why each month they remind on the best seller list. They are that good; that useful and valuable.
#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#3 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
#4 – Chip War by Chris Miller
#5 – Empire of Pain ny Patrick Radden Keefe
#6 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babinb
#7 – Power Failure by William D. Cohan
#8 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
#9 – The Book of Boundaries by Melissa Urban
#10 – Like a Rolling Stone by Jann S. Wenner
Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, plus the audio recording of my presentation delivered at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.