The three books that you must read this summer

If you’re an avid book reader like I am, you’re in the right place today.

Whether you’re on holiday or planning the next one, you may look for some good book recommendations for your book list.

Here’s my small gift for you: my top three business books that had a huge impact on me and my clients.


𝟏. 𝐀𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐇𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 (by James Clear)

This is the book I want each of my clients to read and implement during their transformation journey.

Any personal transformation (regardless of what the main goal is) starts with a strong understanding of our own behaviors and how to change them.

James’ book is the most comprehensive and practical guide on how to create good habits, and break bad ones. It also delves into the cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience of habit formation.

Of course, there are other great books about behavioral changes like “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. I read it twice, but honestly, I think “Atomic Habits” is a bit more practical.

𝟐. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 (by Steven Kotler)

This is the book I refer to every time I coach individuals and teams about motivation and performance.

Both personal and team transformation require a deep understanding of what are the intrinsic motivation drivers and how to unlock them to increase motivation, focus, and eventually results and performance.

In his book, Steven decodes the secrets of those elite performers – athletes, artists, scientists, CEOs, and more – who have changed our definition of the possible, teaching us how we too can stretch far beyond our capabilities, making impossible dreams much more attainable for all of us.

His findings resonate a lot with what I discussed with a couple of guests on my “The World Class Leaders Show” podcast, in particular, Ayelet Fishbach (episode 044) and Dr. Ruth Gotian (episode 035)

about unlocking intrinsic motivation and increasing our level of performance.

𝟑. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐂𝐄𝐎 (by Patrick Lencioni)

As most of my clients are either CEOs, aspiring CEOs, or ambitious leaders, this book is the reference for best leadership practices.

This original book (written as a fable more than 10 years ago) is a timeless and strong reminder that success as a leader can come down to practicing a few simple behaviors that are painfully difficult for each of us to master. Every day, we still read news about leaders who are failing to show these practices.

Patrick explains the five temptations and how to avoid them:

  • Temptation 1: Choosing status over results

  • Temptation 2: Choosing popularity over accountability

  • Temptation 3: Choosing certainty over clarity

  • Temptation 4: Choosing harmony over conflict

  • Temptation 5: Choosing invulnerability over trust

I hope you’ll love these three books as I do. They’ll give you some great insights about these three critical topics: behaviors, motivation, and senior leadership.

Did you already read any of these books? What did they mean to you?

What other books cover these three topics would you recommend as well?

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