20 management books that we love (and hope you do, too)

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A really good management book can change your life. Not only should it inspire you to greatness; the best management books also provide actionable tips and tricks to help you achieve your goals, collaborate better with other people, and be a stronger leader.

In this post, our team here at monday.com shares their top management book recommendations. Check it out and let us know what you think!

The 20 management books that we recommend:

1. Extreme Ownership: How Navy Seals Lead and Win (Jocko Willnik and Leif Babin)
“If you’re a manager, want to be a manger, or are leading in some capacity, you must read this. Former Navy Seals give leadership advice and examples from their own life and explain how to apply it in any real-life work situation. It combines true battle stories with practical tips.”
—David Virster, Infrastructure Engineer

2. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business (Clayton M. Christensen)
“This is an amazing book for people who want to better understand the future: how to predict it, and how to understand why people make the wrong decisions about it in business. It explains how big companies fail to adapt to change and see what’s in front of them.” —Roy Man, CEO

3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg)
“This classic book confronts why there are so few female leaders in the workplace. It really helped me understand all the subtle and complicated dynamics that can make it so hard for women to build a career, and provides actionable tips on what can help. It really inspired me to ‘sit at the table’ and encourage other women to do the same.” —Rotem Waissman, Head of Design

4. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell)
“This explains in a rational and logical way what we usually can’t explain. Using facts and social science, Gladwell talks about thrilling subjects. I love all his books and this is one of my favorites!” —Elina Papernaya, Partnerships Manager

5. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose (Tony Hsieh)
“The Zappos story is incredible and this book is a must-have for every company, and definitely every Customer Success Team. We bought two copies for our team and they’re being read right now.” —Effie Arman, Customer Success Team Lead

6. The Hard Things About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers (Ben Horowitz)
“This is one of the best management books for anyone starting a business. Ben Horowitz talks about his own experience as CEO and his journey from building a startup to going public. He explores issues like recruiting, training, and growing pains in great depth. It’s overall a really engaging read.” —Eyal Bar, FP&A and Accounting Manager

7. Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (Laszlo Bock)
“Management books are basically a hobby of mine.:) While it’s hard for me to choose a favorite, this one is sitting on my desk right now. It’s a wonderful exploration of why Google is one of the best places to work in the world, and provides principles that are easy to put into action yourself. As we grow here at monday.com, this book is a fantastic resource.” —Idit Hirsch, Head of HR

8. How Will You Measure Your Life? (Clayton M. Christensen)
“This book is about not just what you do in life but how you do it, specifically with integrity. There is this one chapter I will never forget. It’s about how good people end up in jail. It’s the cost of making business or sales decision based on ‘just this one time.’ And before you know it, you’ve drifted to the side where you thought you would never go. A good example was the financial crisis of 2008. It was a product of a lot of little cheaters in us that made the biggest difference.”
—Tan Ha, Customer Success Manager

9. Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the China Production Game (Paul Midler)
“I read this book in college for an international marketing class. It’s a quite fun and easy read about what can (and does) go wrong when companies shift their production to China. Things quickly spiral out of control due to language barriers, greed, and quality fade. It was named a ‘best business book’ on multiple lists.”—Jessica Saranich, Customer Success Manager

10. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions (Dan Ariely)
“Wow, where to start? From the perspective of science, this book helps you understand people’s choices and why they make them, even if they aren’t rational or don’t seem to make sense. As a UX designer, I always keep this in mind when working on our product: why would someone press a specific button over another? But I think it’s really interesting and helpful to keep this in mind if you’re working with customers or clients in any capacity.”
—Ayala Naroshevitch, UI/UX Designer

11. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
“This is one of my favorite management books. Kahneman is a social psychologist and in this book, he explores how we think, and specifically, two modes of thought: System 1, which is fast and emotional, and System 2, which is slower and more analytical. He analyzes all the ways our biases, judgments, and irrational ways of thinking influence our choices. This book made me so much more conscious of how I think, and has changed the way I approach problems at work. I better understand how other people’s brains work, too, and I generally feel like I can come up with better solutions for challenges we encounter.”
—Stav Levi, Full Stack Developer

12. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (Eric Ries)
“This is one of the best management books I’ve ever read. It’s not just for startups; the issues it addresses are relevant for organizations of all sizes. It provides real-life examples from the successes and failures of other businesses. It’s a must-read for every manager.” —Arnon Nir, Fullstack Developer

13. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t (James C. Collins)
“This is a must-read for anyone in the pursuit of excellence in business. How can companies achieve greatness? Collins evaluated over 1,000 companies and identified 11 that are ‘great.’ A lot of his findings fly in the face of of modern business culture, and that’s what makes it so fascinating. It’s one of my favorite management books.”
—Leah Walters, Head of Communications

14. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Phil Knight)
“The classic entrepreneur’s book usually tells a very clean story about how a great idea was flawlessly executed. The modern trend is to focus more on the errors, mistakes and crisis along the way. This book takes it to the extreme, telling an unbelievable story of a stream of disasters and failures leading to one of the greatest success stories of our time. The audiobook narrated by Norbert Leo Butz is really great, too.”—Amit Frishberg, Android Developer

15. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Patrick Lencioni)
“Whether or not you’re leading a team, this is a great and quick read about how to build a good company culture. It covers real challenges that all teams face — absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results — and gives clear instructions on how you can overcome these shortcomings.”
—Anthony Damski, Inside Sales

16. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (Seth Godin)
“This book argues that we should all be linchpins in the workplace: someone whose role is far too unique and valuable to ever be replaced. A linchpin puts their heart and soul into their job every day and makes it ‘emotional work.’ You should do work that matters, that has meaning, and that makes a real impact. Read this book to become inspired to find your own greatness.”
—Shirley Baumer, Product Manager

17. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves)
“This book is really helpful for the challenges we face in our everyday life, especially at work. So often people make decisions based on their emotions, and this book helps you identify your emotional triggers so you can speak and act more logically. I think this is important for leaders but is helpful for anyone and everyone. It helps you understand yourself and other people and overall really increases your awareness and sensitivity to situations.”
—Lea Serfaty, Customer Success Manager

18. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Austin Kleon)
“This isn’t a management book, exactly, but I think everyone — especially leaders — will find it interesting, inspiring, and will identify it. It’s about how to tap into your creativity and passion. Kleon explores simple but good advice such as, ‘Be boring; it’s the only way to get work done’ and, ‘Be nice; the world is a small town.'”
—Hili Neeman, UI/UX Designer

19. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown)
“I’m a big fan of simplicity and essentialism in design, and this book really resonated with me in terms of applying that philosophy to the rest of my life, too. The author makes a great case for achieving more by doing less, and reminds us that being singularly focused on your priorities is super important. I now apply these ideas to my work every day.”
—Evgeniy Kazinec, UI/UX Design Lead

20. Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think (Mona Patel)
“Mona Patel’s Reframework method encourages an innovative mindset to rethink your challenges and how you confront them (or don’t). She spells it out in a way that opens you up to the possibility of ‘what if,’ eliminates BS excuses, and drives the creative process to meaningful results. While she’s a UX expert in high demand at her very own startup, Mona also teaches, and the book is full of gems for exploration to unpack challenges and discover fresh approaches to putting things together.”
—MaShari Walker, Customer Success Manager

We’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg in terms of management books, but we hope you find these 20 recommendations helpful. If you come across anything you think is a must-read, please let us know!

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