During discussions at AWESOME events and while researching website stories, certain books are mentioned or recommended on relevant topics. Here is a running list of books:

Summer 2017

In addition to the list below of books recommended by AWESOME, click here or an additional list posted on of 60 business books, all written by women. The list was compiled by Rachel Happe, principal and a co-founder of Community, a peer network for community managers and social media practitioners.

Image Scrimmage – 9 Ways Women Win With Body Language
By Dr. Donna Van Natten
This book is about harnessing the power of non-verbal communications in business. A review of the book on focuses in on “4 Powerful Body Language Habits of Confident People.”

How to Be a Power Connector
By Judy Robinett
A new book by the author of The 5+50+50 Rule (published in 2014) offers practical strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs.

Leaders Eat Last: Why some teams pull, together and others don’t
by Simon Sinek
The author uses a concept employed in the military to help leaders build teams with members that trust each other, give their best effort, and gain satisfaction from their work. Sinek also has written Start with Why and Together is Better and has a popular video about Millenials in the Workplace.

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
Written by a former McKinsey consultant and an Olympic coach, this book proposes that the qualities needed to succeed and achieve top performance are the same in any field. The authors include scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains.

Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World
by Mitch Prinstein
As the issue of like ability is often raised for women leaders, this book examines the topic from psychological and scientific perspectives. “It’s not always the conventionally popular people who fare the best, for the simple reason that there is more than one type of popularity—and many of us still long for the wrong one. As children, we strive to be likable, which can offer real benefits not only on the playground but throughout our lives. In adolescence, though, a new form of popularity emerges, and we suddenly begin to care about status, power, influence, and notoriety—research indicates that this type of popularity hurts us more than we realize.”

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Sheryl Sandberg fans may enjoy reading this book covering her life after losing her husband and offering insights on building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
by Grace Bonney
When women reflect on their aspirations, experiences and lessons, they often seem to have much in common, whatever their specific profession or enterprise.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky
More inspiration from women – in this book, women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Fall/Winter 2016

dischidproflDiscovering Hidden Profit: Advanced Supply-Chain Decision Making
by co-authors Robert Martichenko and Peter Marks
AWESOME’s Director of Member Engagement and Sponsorships, Heather Sheehan, is one of the supply chain experts contributing to this book focusing on implementation of operating principles and management methods to connect the core processes of business strategy, product life-cycle management, sales and marketing, and supply chain operations.

Mistakes I Made at Work
edited by Jessica Bacal
This book contains profiles of 25 “influential women” — entrepreneurs, writers, management consultants, professors, not-for-profit executives and others – offering candid reflections on “What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong.”

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs
by Grace Bonney
100 women who’ve achieved success in a wide range of fields offer practical advice based on their own career experiences.

Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent
by Sidney Finkelstein
A good complement to books giving lessons in reaching the top, this book helps bosses make sure they’re effective in their role as a company leader.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz
The authors, all with experience as members and leaders of design teams at companies such as Google and YouTube, offer a formula for testing ideas that can be applied at a start-up or a large organization.

Summer 2016

Drift and Hum: The Great Canadian-American Novel
by Robert Martichenko, CEO of LeanCor and 2015 CSCMP Distinguished Service Award recipient
Joining his already impressive list of business books, Martichenko‘s first novel tells the story of Sam, a 50-year-old South Carolina man who reflects from the present day back to his Canadian childhood to make sense of “the kite ride of life” and dealing with all of the challenges along the way. Other books written by Martichenko include Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade; Building a Lean Fullfillment Stream: Rethinking Your Supply Chain and Logistics to Create Maximum Value at Minimum Total Cost; PEOPLE: A leader’s day-to-day guide to building, managing and sustaining lean organizations; Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success; and Success in 60 Seconds.

Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight
In this memoir, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. NIKE, Inc. was AWESOME’s 2016 Symposium Host Partner.

Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role
by Dan Ciampa and Michael Watkins
Recommended during the panel discussion “Beyond Supply Chain: Taking it to the Next Level” at the 2016 AWESOME Symposium, “Right from the Start” lays out an action-oriented framework to follow during the early months of a transition.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
By Alwill Lebya Cara
GIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. It advises how to build confidence, eradicate jealousy, and learn the power of connection.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
The author, a renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. He describes how the two systems shape our thinking on everything from developing corporate strategies to predicting what will make us happy in the future to playing the stock market to planning a vacation.

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover
In Relentless, Grover takes his experience as personal trainer to Michael Jordan and other sports greats and details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

Good to be Grand
by Cheryl Harbour
A departure from subjects covered by most books on AWESOME’s recommended reading, this book is written by AWESOME’s chief communications advisor, Cheryl Harbour. For grandparents or grandparents-to-be, the book, with a foreword by Hillary Clinton, provides information and insights for making the most of the experience.

Helpful Holiday Reading

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Dr. Amy Cuddy
The author, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, writes about how having the right body language can increase confidence and personal power in challenging situations.

Read more about Cuddy

Recommended books — Fall/Winter 2015

Mindfulness for Creativity
by Dr. Danny Penman
Simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of Mindfulness for Creativity dissolve anxiety and stress and have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making – skills that are needed not only by ‘creatives’ but by anyone who want to optimize their work, life and overall wellbeing.

A Higher Standard
by retired General Ann Dunwoody
The first female four-star general chronicles her life, service and the leadership strategies she learned along the way. A quote: “I’ve watched doors open my entire career. Some are opened for you, some you have to kick down.”

Read article in Army Times

Unfinished Business
by Anne-Marie Slaughter
As a successor to her well-known article in The Atlantic – “Why Women Can’t Have it All” – the author, a successful professional explores why the ideal worker is still imagined as either a single person or someone with a spouse at home to take care of all family matters and how that impacts women’s careers. She urges readers to see caregiving and paid work as two kinds of vital human activities that can be done by either men or women and presents a wish list of public policy changes.

Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work
by Sally Helgesen and Julie Johnson
Recommended by AWESOME Founder Ann Drake this book makes the case that “the female vision” – what women notice, what they value, how they connect the dots – constitutes women’s most powerful asset in the workplace. Another book worth reading is Helgesen’s previous book The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership.

Twitter is not a Strategy: Remastering the Art of Brand Marketing
by Tom Doctoroff
The author contends that Twitter is just one way to execute a strategy that should be built on creativity and positioning.

Intelligent Leadership: What you need to know to unlock your full potential
by John Mattone
This book focuses on helping people identify their predominant leadership trait as well as the traits of people around them.

Know Yourself Like Your Success Depends on It (Six Simple Steps to Success Book 2)
by Michael Stawicki
The author presents a simple process of self-analysis he says will help you understand your strengths and vices and create a smother, simpler path to success.

Recommended books — Summer 2015

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Recommended during the Symposium discussion about sponsorships (men’ panel: Collaboration in Action), this book reveals the “two-way street” that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance.

Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
By Carmine Gallo
Ted Talks have transformed the way people speak about their passionate interests. After analyzing the elements that make Ted Talks so successful, the author gives advice about making any presentation more compelling.

The Zen of Social Media Marketing
by Shama Kabani
This book outlines the most popular social media tools and defines best practices for using them.

Three Simple Steps
by Trevor Blake
The author has studied the habits of highly successful women and men and condensed their winning ways into three basic rules.

I Know How She Does It
by Laura Vanderkam
Answering the question of how women with high-powered jobs navigate around the double-glass ceiling issue (family and career challenges), the author says the solution is ”outsourcing the grunt work.”

Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence — or Even Land Your Next Job
by Joe Sweeney with Mike Yorkey
Continuing to explore the parallel between success in business and sports, (as Susan Packard does in “New Rules of the Game,”) this book is written by a highly successful business owner, sports agent and executive and investment banking consultant and has a special section on networking for women.

Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead
by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
This book, by the Harvard Professor who was described at the AWESOME Symposium as “one of the world’s most advanced thinkers, writers, teachers, and change agents in leadership and diversity, is a straight-talking, no nonsense look at America’s crumbling infrastructure and when needs to be done to fix the problems.

New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace
by Susan Packard
The co-founder and former COO, HGTV, spoke at the AWESOME Symposium about how women can cultivate “gamesmanship” and apply that to their business challenges. She also moderated a panel of c-suite executives discussing their career paths and experiences.

by Carol Dweck
Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist who has spent many years studying achievement and success, compares a “fixed mindset” with a “growth mindset.” In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. According to Dweck, “This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

Switch: How to change things when change is hard
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The authors draw from research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how individuals and companies can effect transformative change.

The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You’re Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good
by Dr. Holly Phillips
Dr. Phillips is a board-certified internist and a medical contributor to CBS News. She examines the reasons many people are chronically exhausted from demands of their jobs and other aspects of their lives, and describes steps to address them.

Supply Chain

Essentials of Supply Chain Management
by Michael Hugos

Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap to Best Practice Results
by Rich Sherman

Supply Chain Management: Process, Partnerships, Performance
by Douglas Lambert

Lean RFS (Repetitive Flexible Supply}: Putting the Pieces Together
by Ian Fraser Glenday and Rick Sather

Leadership Skills and Women’s Leadership

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business
by Patrick Lencioni

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. And Others Don’t
by Jim Collins

Invent, Reinvent, Thrive: The Keys to Success for any Start-up, Entrepreneur or Family Business
by Lloyd Shefsky

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level
by Noel Tichy

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company
by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, and  James Noel

Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of our Next Economic Revolution
by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland

Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: Comparison of Women’s Campaigns for Executive Office
by Rainbow Murray

Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business
by Pat Hei

The Confidence Code
by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Managing Teams and Collaborating

Work With Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business
by Barbara Annis and John Gray

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration
by Leigh Thompson

Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done
by Dick Axelrod

Personal Efficiency and Productivity

The Zen Master’s Guide to Tackling Your Email & Work
by Charles Hudson

Work Smarter, Rule Your Email
by Alexandra Samuel

Never Check Email in the Morning
by Julia Morgenstern

Other Topics of Interest

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
by Bruce Katz


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