The following books have been major influences in shaping skills and implementation habits of family farm and non-farm business managers:

  • Family Business: Genesis 37-50 and the Family of Joseph, Lance Woodbury and William R. Long
    This book blends lessons from biblical history with modern management principles for managing relationships between family and business.
    See on Amazon.
  • The Enduring Legacy: Essential Family Business Values, Lance Woodbury
    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.
    See on Amazon.
  • The Knowing-Doing Gap, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton
    Lack of knowledge is seldom the reason why farms and ranches fail to implement strategies they know can improve performance. This is a great book describing how smart companies turn knowledge into action.
  • Good to Great, Jim Collins, 2001.
    Collins wrote Built to Last, a classic management study in the 1990′s showing how great companies achieved sustained performance. This sequel looks at the real management DNA that allows good, mediocre and even bad companies to achieve enduring greatness.
  • The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, 1981.
    This quick read gives some great insights into goal setting, praising, and reprimanding employees.
  • Who Moved My Cheese, Ken Blanchard, et al.
    Great quick read on dealing with change in a family business and what happens to those who refuse to adapt to changing environments.
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey
    Steven Covey focuses on seven key habits for building balanced strategic plans in all phases of life.
  • The Practice of Management, Peter Drucker, first copyright 1954
    This was the first book to look at management as a whole, depicting management as a distinct function; it has been an international bestseller for more than fifty years.