What book do you give to every employee?

Anyone got recommendations on great reads (books) on Work Culture and Motivation?


“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek is a nice read. If they’re in a rush (as some employees if not all employees often are these days) they could take a peak at the TED talk which mirrors the content in a hurry - Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action | TED Talk

How to Speak Human by Jackson and Jackson https://www.booktopia.com.au/how-to-speak-human-dougal-jackson/prod9780730359531.html?source=pla&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs5OIs_vw3wIViyQrCh3-5gPzEAQYASABEgL80PD_BwE

The power of habit by Charles Duhigg :slight_smile:


I think Primed to Perform by Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor would be close to the top of my list when it comes to motivation and creating a high performing culture.

We are a consultancy that specialises in leadership development and career management management. We work with lots of tech companies and have a particular methodology that it’s important all our people know. So we give every employee a copy of my book Grow Your Geeks - A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations. I mention it because I know a number of our clients get copies for all their leaders to read so it might be of interest.


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STORM has three core books-- onboarding employees are given instructions to read the books as early as acceptance of the Job Offer. The core books are:

  1. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  2. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  3. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Those three books supplement the understanding of our firm’s core values and that is why we selected them as our core books.


Hi @michael.ridgway Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It… and Why the Rest Don’t Book by Verne Harnish is a great read for a startup growth company.

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