Top 10 self-development books

walter van der scheer - read more booksAs published earlier, I read quite a lot of books. Although some books obviously are better than others, most of the time I am able to extract one or two things that help me improve. On this page I share the books that I like best. Over time the list will change, new books will be added, older ones will disappear and other ones stick to the list.

And, oh yeah, I figured I didn’t have to llimit the number of books exactly to 10. My sincere appologies if you feel offended by the misleading top-10 title.. πŸ˜‰ I’ll write summaries and take-aways for all of them.

Anyway, this is my current list.

  1. Good to great: why some companies make the leap.. and others don’t, by Jim Collins
  2. Neuro-linguistic programming for dummies, by Romilla Ready, Kate Burton
  3. Little red book of selling: 12.5 principles of sales greatness, by Jeffrey Gittomer
  4. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What you must do to increase the value of your growing firm, by Verne Harnish
  5. The 4-hour workweek: Escape 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich, by Timothy Ferris
  6. The decision book: 50 models for strategic thinking, by Michael Krogerus, Roman Tschappeler, Philip Earnhart, Jenny Pien
  7. Predictable succes: Getting your organization on the growth track- and keeping it there, by Les McKeown
  8. Sun Tzu for managers, by Werner Schwanfelder
  9. Winning, by Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
  10. Speed reading, by Tony Buzan
  11. Rework, by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  12. What would Google do, by Jeff Jarvis
  13. The 80/20 principle: The secret to achieving more with less, by Richard Koch
  14. International Business, by John Daniels, Lee Radebaugh, Daniel Sullivan
  15. Shared leadership, by Jelle Dijkstra, Paul-Peter Feld, in Dutch
  16. Eckart’s Notes, by Eckart Wintzen, in Dutch
  17. Getting things done, David Allen
  18. Purple Cow: Transform your business by being remarkable, by Seth Godin
  19. The seven habits of highly effective people, by Stephen Covey
What books should definitely be on this list?

About the author

Over the past few years Walter van der Scheer has been evangelizing marketing automation to advertising agencies, e-commerce companies and co-workers alike and has been building a team of determined sales professionals. He has made progress, but the road ahead is still very long. Walter shares his personal experiences and challenges along the road of changing the way that marketing is done, while trying to stick to the strategically chosen path. +


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