The following books have been major influences in shaping skills and implementation habits of family farm and non-farm business managers. Though not an exhaustive list, it includes a number of titles ranging from older classics to new reads that may be of interest to you and your management team.

  • The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. 1981.
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.  1999.
  • Beating the Midas Curse, Perry L. Cochell and Rob Zeeb. 2013. (2nd Edition)
  • Great by Choice:  Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All, Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. 2011.
  • How the Mighty Fall: and Why Some Companies Never Give In, Jim Collins. 2009.
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, Jim Collins. 2001.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen Covey. 1990.
  • Every Family’s Business: 12 Common Sense Questions to Protect Your Wealth. Thomas William Deans. 2009. (2nd Edition)
  • The Practice of Management, Peter Drucker, first copyright 1954.
  • The Family Council Handbook: How to Create, Run, and Maintain a Successful Family Business Council, Christopher J. Eckrich and Stephen McClure. 2012.
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In, Roger Fisher, William Ury and Bruce Patton. 2011. (3rd edition)
  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success: Give and Take, Adam Grant. 2013.
  • Inside the Multi-Generational Family Business: 9 Symptoms of Generational Stack-up and How to Cure Them, Mark T. Green. 2011.
  • Who Moved My Cheese: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, Spencer Johnson.  1998.
  • Workaholics: the Respectable Addicts. Barbara Killinger. 1997.
  • Inside Drucker’s Brain, Jeffrey A. Krames. 2008.
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, Kenny Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. 2012. (2nd Edition)
  • The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton. 2000.
  • I’m Stuck, You’re Stuck: Break Through to Better Work Relationships and Results By Discovering Your DISC Behavioral Style, Tom Ritchey with Alan Axelrod. 2002.
  • Perpetuating the Family Business: 50 Lessons Learned from Long-Lasting Successful Families in Business, John L. Ward. 2004.
  • Family Business: Genesis 37-50 and the Family of Joseph, Lance Woodbury and William R. Long. 2013.
    This book blends lessons from biblical history with modern management principles for managing relationships between family and business.
  • The Enduring Legacy: Essential Family Business Values, Lance Woodbury. 2012.
    Furthering a family legacy requires a focus on the values that define the organization. This book offers more than two dozen values that capture the essence of successful family businesses in our day.