The 17 Best Books I Read in 2014

I love to know what friends and peers are reading. I’m always on the lookout for great books to stretch my theology, skills, and leadership ability.

I’ve already made my reading list for 2015.

Here are the books I loved the most from 2014. Note these are my favorites… I’ll spare you the full list!

1. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

This is a must read for any organizational leader. In fact, just read anything Patrick Lencioni writes.

2. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

I LOVED this book. Loved, loved, LOVED it!

3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The conversation around habit loops and understand keystone habits is worth the read.

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25’ish Books I Hope to Read in 2015


What books are you planning to read in 2015?

It seems like a daunting task to create a list of books, conferences, and other learning opportunities, but as we begin the year together, it seems having a plan is the best (and only way) to ensure we take growth steps.

One thing: Before you look at my list, I’d love to know what YOU are planning to read. Even better, what have you read that is a MUST READ that I’m missing on my list?

Also, in case you’re wondering, here were my favorite books from 2014!

Here are the books I’m planning to read in 2015.

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Contagious: Why Things Catch On, by Jonah Berger

Contagious: Why Things Catch On, by Jonah Berger

I recently read “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” by Jonah Berger. Wow. I LOVED this book. As a marketing guy at heart, I resonated with so much Jonah presented. As a pastor, I deeply desire for the local church and the message of Jesus to be contagious and spread virally throughout our communities.

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The Mentor Leader, by Tony Dungy

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently by Tony Dungy

I recently read Tony Dungy’s “The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently.” Honestly, my favorite part of the book was getting to peak behind-the-scenes of his time in the NFL. As a sports fan and football fanatic, I’ve always appreciated Tony’s approach to leadership and coaching. This book, while not providing a wealth of new information on leadership (but seriously, what new can be said), was a fun read due to the football side notes and leadership reminders.

That said, here are my highlights:

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