Doescher Advisors Book List

Doescher Advisors Book List

Top Picks (Recommendations)

  1. Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders
  2. Authentic Leadership, Bill George
  3. Built to Last, Jim Collins
  4. Good to Great, Jim Collins
  5. Leading with the Heart, Mike Krzyzewski
  6. Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley
  7. In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters
  8. How the Mighty Fall, Jim Collins
  9. The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership, Steven Sample
  10. Drive, Daniel Pink
  11. Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud
  12. Integrity, Henry Cloud
  13. The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lencioni
  14. Crucial Conversations, Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler
  15. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Liz Wiseman
  16. The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni

The following are books we have read and have categorized to make it easier for you to find something you may enjoy. We would not necessarily recommend every book to every person. If you are interested, we offer a complimentary one-on-one session where we can tailor our suggestions to your interests and needs.

Business Leaders

  1. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?, Louis Gerstner
  2. Tough Choices, Carly Fiorina
  3. Loving Monday, John Beckett
  4. Mastering Monday, John Beckett
  5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
  6. The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni
  7. Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni
  8. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Verne Harnish
  9. The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes & Barry Posner
  10. When Professionals Have to Lead, Thomas DeLong, John Gabarro & Robert Lees
  11. Leadership is an Art, Max DePree
  12. HBR on Leadership, Harvard Business Review
  13. Leadership and the New Science, Margaret Wheatley
  14. True North, Bill George
  15. The Congruent Life, Michael Thompson
  16. Making Meetings Work, John Tropman
  17. Servant Leadership, Robert Greenleaf
  18. Understanding Leadership, Tom Marshall
  19. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John Maxwell
  20. Attitude 101, John Maxwell
  21. The Romance of Tata Steel, R.M. Lala
  22. A Passion for Excellence, Tom Peters
  23. Thriving on Chaos, Tom Peters
  24. What Leaders Really Do, John Kotter
  25. Managing the Professional Service Firm, David Maister
  26. Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin
  27. Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
  28. Senior Leadership Teams, Ruth Wageman
  29. The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker
  30. First, Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham
  31. Winning, Jack Welch
  32. Enough, John Bogle
  33. The Peter Principle, Laurence Peters
  34. On the Brink, Henry Paulson, Jr.
  35. Dr. Deming, Rafael Aguayo
  36. Leadership, Rudolph Giuliani
  37. Thou Shall Prosper, Daniel Lapin
  38. Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal, Tal Ben-Shahar
  39. Onward, Howard Schultz
  40. Succession Transition, Bill Hermann & Gordon Krater
  41. From Values to Action, Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr.
  42. The One-Life Solution, Henry Cloud
  43. When We Are Free, Timothy Nash
  44. Disciplined Dreaming, Josh Linkner
  45. Start with Why, Simon Sinek
  46. Ownership Thinking, Brad Hams
  47. Wealth: Is It Worth It?, Truett Cathy
  48. The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni
  49. American Icon, Bryce Hoffman
  50. Great By Choice, Jim Collins
  51. Make It In America, Andrew Liveris
  52. Narcissistic Leader, Michael Maccoby
  53. The New Leader’s 100 – Day Action Plan, Bradt, Check & Pedraza
  54. American Drive: How Manufacturing Will Save Our Country, Dick Dauch
  55. Remarkable, Dr. Randy Ross & David Salyers
  56. Daring Greatly, Dr. Brene Brown
  57. Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Susan Cain
  58. How To Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  59. How I Raised Myself From Failure To Successes in Selling, Frank Bettger
  60. Make The Noise Go Away – The Power of An Effective Second in Command, Larry Linne
  61. Crucial accountability, Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan
  62. Like A Virgin, Richard Branson
  63. Lead with LUV, Ken Blanchard & Colleen Barrett
  64. Zero To One, Peter Thiel
  65. Love Works, Joel Manby
  66. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  67. Elon Musk, Renaissance Man
  68. Right Away, All At Once, Greg Brenneman
  69. The Power of the Other, Henry Cloud
  70. Tribal Leadership, Logan, King & Fischer-Wright
  71. Option B, Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
  72. The Deal Maker, Axel Madsen
  73. The Coaching Questions, Mike Tattersall
  74. Work Rules – Insights from Inside Google, Laszlo Bock
  75. Intentional Living, John Maxwell
  76. Strengths Leadership, Tom Rath
  77. Rocket Fuel, Gino Wickman & Mark Winters
  78. Execution, Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
  79. Fair Shot, Chris Hughes
  80. The Capitalist Comeback, Andrew Puzder
  81. Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance
  82. The Great Game of Business, Jack Stack
  83. Setting the Table, Danny Meyer
  84. Principles, Ray Dalio
  85. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, Conor O’Cleary
  86. The Power of Your Potential, John Maxwell
  87. Servant Leadership in Action, Ken Blanchard & Renee Broadwell
  88. The Culture Solution, Matthew Kelly
  89. Radical Candor, Kim Scott
  90. Shoe Dog, Phil Knight
  91. Strategize To Win, Carla Harris
  92. Ninja Future, Gary Shapiro
  93. Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
  94. Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, John Maxwell

Presidents or Military Leaders

  1. Sacred Honor: Colin Powell, David Roth
  2. Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man, Elton Trueblood
  3. Abraham Lincoln: A Spiritual Biography, Elton Trueblood
  4. Lincoln on Leadership, Donald Phillips
  5. God’s Leader for a Nation: Abraham Lincoln, David Collins
  6. Washington’s Secret War, Thomas Fleming
  7. 1776, David McCullough
  8. John Adams, David McCullough
  9. When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan
  10. Thirteen Days, Robert F. Kennedy
  11. Eyewitness to Power, David Gergen
  12. Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  13. No Higher Honor, Condoleezza Rice
  14. The Forgotten Man, Amity Schlaes
  15. It Worked for Me, Colin Powell
  16. Special Trust, Robert McFarlane
  17. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
  18. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  19. Iliad, Homer
  20. Trump: The Art of the Deal, Donald Trump
  21. Killing Reagan, Bill O’Reilly
  22. Killing the Rising Sun, Bill O’Reilly
  23. Turn the Ship Around, David Marquet
  24. Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
  25. A Pope and A President, Paul Kengor
  26. Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky
  27. The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis
  28. Like War, Singer & Brooking
  29. Win Bigly, Scott Adams

Christian Leaders

  1. The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
  2. Discover Your Giftedness, Mels Carbonell
  3. Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels
  4. Your Work Matters to God, Doug Sherman & William Hendricks
  5. Calling Christian Leaders, John Stott
  6. The Workaholic and His Family, Frank Minirth, Paul Meier, Frank Wichern, Bill Brewer & States Skipper
  7. The Servant Leader, Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges
  8. Leadership by the Book, Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels & Phil Hodges
  9. The Dream Giver, Bruce Wilkinson
  10. The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg
  11. Descending Into Greatness, Bill Hybels
  12. The Leadership Secrets of Jesus, Mike Murdock
  13. World Shapers – A Treasury of Quotes from Great Missionaries, Vinita Hampton & Carol Plueddmann
  14. Men in Leadership: One Minute Bible, Bob Briner
  15. Choosing to Cheat, Andy Stanley
  16. Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication, Chuck Swindoll
  17. Joseph: A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness, Chuck Swindoll
  18. David: A Man of Passion and Destiny, Chuck Swindoll
  19. Taking the Lead, Dr. Ron Jenson
  20. The Call, Os Guinness
  21. Martin Luther King Jr., Marshall Frady
  22. A Simple Path, Mother Teresa
  23. Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church, Nancy Beach
  24. Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs, Bill Hybels
  25. The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley
  26. Spiritual Leadership, Henry & Richard Blackaby
  27. EntreLeadership, Dave Ramsey
  28. Action Trumps Everything, Charles Kiefer
  29. Wealth: Is It Worth It?, Truett Cathy
  30. Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald
  31. Heroic Leadership, Chris Lowery
  32. simplify., Bill Hybels
  33. Teach Us to Number Our Days, David Roper
  34. A Beautiful Mess, Danielle Strickland
  35. Present over Perfect, Shauna Niequist
  36. Stay the Course, Choco De Jesus
  37. God Will Use This For Good, Max Lucado
  38. Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly
  39. Heaven Starts Now, Father John Ricardo
  40. The Enneagram – A Christian Perspective, Richard Rohr
  41. Seven Prayers, Stormie Omartian
  42. Rainbow Man, Richard Rockman, Jr.
  43. Choosing A Life That Matters, Dennis Rainey
  44. The Light Entrusted to You, Dr. John Wood
  45. Defending The Free Market, The Rev. Robert Sirico
  46. Hope in the Dark, Craig Groeschel
  47. The Last Arrow, Erwin McManus

Sports Team Coaches

  1. Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Bo Schembechler & John Bacon
  2. Tom Landry, Tom Landry & Gregg Lewis
  3. Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker
  4. From Ashes to Glory, Bill McCartney & Dave Diles
  5. The Lombardi Rules, Vince Lombardi Jr.
  6. The Miracle of St. Anthony, Adrian Wojnarowski
  7. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, John Wooden & Jay Carty
  8. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, Tony Dungy & Nathan Whitaker
  9. The Score Takes Care of Itself, Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison & Craig Walsh
  10. Season of Life, Jeffrey Marx
  11. The Long Snapper, Jeffrey Marx
  12. The Mentor Leader, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell & Nathan Whitaker
  13. Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez, John Bacon
  14. Destination Unstoppable, Maureen Electa Monte
  15. Imperfect: An Improbable Life, Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
  16. Motivated to Dream Big, Linnell Jones-McKenney
  17. Bleachers, John Grisham

Other Business Books

  1. The Starfish and the Spider, Ori Brafman & Rod Beckstrom
  2. Morph: The Texture of Leadership, Ron Martoia
  3. Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
  4. Margin, Richard Swenson, M.D.
  5. Understanding Yourself, William Menninger
  6. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson & Kenneth Blanchard
  7. The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark
  8. The Man in the Mirror, Patrick Morley
  9. Blur, Stan Davis & Christopher Meyer
  10. Claiming Your Place at the Fire, Richard Leider & David Shapiro
  11. The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck
  12. Finding a Job You Can Love, Ralph Mattson & Arthur Miller Jr.
  13. Second Acts, Stephen Pollan & Mark Levine
  14. The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss
  15. The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
  16. Now, Discover Your Strengths, Donald Clifton & Marcus Buckingham
  17. The Profit Zone, Adrian Slywotzky
  18. Clients for Life, Jagdish Sheth & Andrew Sobel
  19. A Whack on the Side of the Head, Roger von Oech
  20. Power Up Your Profits, Troy Waugh
  21. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell
  22. The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
  23. Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Thomas L. Friedman
  24. Cradle to Cradle, McDonough & Braungart
  25. Marketing Myopia (HBR article), Theodore Levitt
  26. Kotler on Marketing, Philip Kotler
  27. Competitive Strategy, Michael Porter
  28. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  29. Switch, Dan & Chip Heath
  30. The Big Short, Michael Lewis
  31. Liars Poker, Michael Lewis
  32. Made to Stick, Chip & Dan Heath
  33. Socialnomics, Erik Qualman
  34. What Got You Here Won’t Get you There, Marshall Goldsmith
  35. Too Big to Fail, Andrew Sorkin
  36. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
  37. Mindset-The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck
  38. Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It, Cali Ressler
  39. Overhaul, Steven Rattner
  40. Making Ripples, Mike Breaux
  41. Islands of Profit In a Sea of Red Ink, Jonathan Byrnes
  42. The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
  43. Car Guys vs. Bean Counters, Bob Lutz
  44. The E Myth Manager, Michael Gerber
  45. The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch
  46. Getting Naked, Patrick Lencioni
  47. Purple Cow, Seth Godin
  48. American Wheels Chinese Roads, Michael J. Dunne
  49. The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
  50. The Ultimate Sales Machine, Chet Holmes
  51. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  52. Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner
  53. The Israel Test, George Gilder
  54. Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey Moore
  55. Tribes, Seth Godin
  56. The Art of Choosing, Sheena Iyengar
  57. Anxiety Free, Robert Leahy
  58. The Coming Jobs War, Jim Clifton
  59. Bridge Builder, Walther Leisler Kiep
  60. Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement w/o Giving In, Bill Ury
  61. Fire Your Excuses, Bill Dyment & Marcus Dayhoff
  62. Start With No, Jim Camp
  63. Reckless Endangerment, Morgensen & Rosner
  64. Standout, Marcus Buckingham
  65. This Time Is Different, Reinhart & Rogoff
  66. Aftershock, Robert Reich
  67. Eat The Rich, P.J. O’Rourke
  68. David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
  69. To Sell Is Human, Daniel Pink
  70. The Hunter, David Farbman
  71. Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in your Life, Linda Martinez
  72. The Other Side of Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble
  73. Free Agent Nation – The Future of Working for Yourself, Daniel Pink
  74. Give and Take, Adam Grant
  75. Factory Man, James E. Harbour
  76. The Smartest Guys In The Room, Bethany McLean & Peter Elkins
  77. Getting Things Done, David Allen
  78. The Challenger Sale, Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson
  79. The New Strategic Selling, Robert Miller & Stephen Heiman
  80. Hope Is Not A Strategy, Rick Page
  81. The Go-Giver, Burg & Mann
  82. The Road To Reinvention, Josh Linkner
  83. Rookie Smarts, Liz Wiseman
  84. Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull
  85. Thanks for the Feedback, Stone & Heen
  86. The No A__Hole Rule, Robert Sutton
  87. Traction, Gino Wickman
  88. iWoz, Steve Wozniak
  89. Final Accounting: Ambition, Greed & The Fall of Arthur Andersen, Barbara Toffler
  90. Humble Inquiry, Edgar Schein
  91. The Art of Why, Steve Lucenbach
  92. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Bradberry & Greaves
  93. The Lean Manager, Michael &Freddy Balle
  94. Built in Detroit, Bob Morris
  95. Seizing The White Space, Mark Johnson
  96. Good Boss, Bad Boss, Robert Sutton
  97. The Trusted Advisor, David Maister
  98. Difficult Conversations, Stone, Patton, Heen
  99. The Millionaire Next Door, Stanley & Danko
  100. Conscious Business, Fred Kofman
  101. Rich Habits, Thomas Corley
  102. Winning From Within, Erica Ariel Fox
  103. The Behavior Gap, Carl Richards
  104. Business Adventures, John Brooks
  105. The 4 Disciplines of Execution, McChesney, Covey, Huling
  106. You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, David Sandler
  107. the Culture Map, Erin Meyer
  108. Grit, The Power of Passion & Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
  109. Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, Tom Corley
  110. An Enneagram Journey To Self-Discovery, Cron & Stabile
  111. Playbook-For Your Extraordinary Life, Elaine Seat
  112. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  113. Your Money or Your Life, Robin & Dominguez
  114. Remembering Flint Michigan, Gary Flinn
  115. 8 Keys To Eliminating Passive – Aggressiveness, Andrea Brandt
  116. Good Work, E.F. Schumacher
  117. Overcoming Passive-Aggression, Murphy & Oberlin
  118. Mastering Bitcoin for Dummies, Alan Norman
  119. Raving Fans!, Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
  120. Fish! Tales, Lundin, Christenson, Paul & Strand
  121. Mastering Civility,Christine Porath
  122. The Confidence Code, Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
  123. Positively Outrageous Service, T. Scott Gross
  124. Switch On Your Brain, Dr. Caroline Leaf
  125. It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For, Roy Spence, Jr.
  126. The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson
  127. The Charge, Brendon Burchard
  128. The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes
  129. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
  130. The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey
  131. Master Your Brain, Phillip Adcock
  132. Open-Book Management, John Case
  133. Scaling Up, Verne Harnish
  134. Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
  135. Change to Strange, Daniel Cable
  136. Storytelling as Best Practice, Andy Goodman
  137. Alive At Work, Daniel Cable
  138. How I Turned $1,000 into Five Million in Real Estate, William Nickerson
  139. Average Is Over, Tyler Cowen
  140. The Road to Serfdom, F. A. Hayek
  141. The Asking Formula, John Baker
  142. Emotional Intelligence, Dr. David Walton
  143. Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
  144. Riding Shotgun – The Role of the COO, Bennett & Miles
  145. The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
  146. Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics & Biases, Tversky & Kahneman
  147. Freakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  148. Built To Sell, John Warrillow
  149. Don’t Just Give It Away, Renata Rafferty
  150. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
  151. Driven By Difference, David Livermore
  152. Managing a Private Foundation, Paul Rhoads
  153. The Policy Governance Model, John Carver
  154. The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Dan Ariely
  155. Profit First, Mike Michalowicz
  156. Blind Spot, Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald

Other Books

  1. Good to Great in God’s Eyes, Chip Ingram
  2. The White Man’s Burden, William Easterly
  3. Serving with Eyes Wide Open, David Livermore
  4. Ministering Cross-Culturally, Lingenfelter and Mayers
  5. How Churches and Leaders Can Get It, Craig Groeschel
  6. A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald
  7. Rediscovering God in America, Newt Gingrich
  8. The Hole in Our Gospel, Richard Stearns
  9. Whose Land? Whose Promise?, Gary Burge
  10. My Business My Mission, Doug Seebeck/Timothy Stoner
  11. Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell
  12. Reboot!, Phil Burgess
  13. Detroit (A Biography), Scott Martelle
  14. When Helping Hurts, Steve Corbett
  15. The Peacemaker: Handling Conflict, Sande and Johnson
  16. High Strung: Borg, McEnroe & the Untold Story, Stephen Tignor
  17. Why Nations Fail, Acemoglu & Robinson
  18. The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes
  19. Love Does, Bob Goff
  20. Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now, Maya Angelou
  21. reconcile, John Paul Lederach
  22. The Noticer, Andy Andrews
  23. Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall
  24. The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
  25. Take Control of Your Aging, William Malarkey, M.D.
  26. Antifragile, Nassim Talbe
  27. Interpersonal Neurobiology, Daniel Siegel
  28. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman
  29. Government Zero, Michael Savage
  30. Left to Tell, Immaculate Ilibagiza
  31. Just Courage, Gary Haugen
  32. Chase The Lion, Mark Batterson
  33. Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander, M.D.
  34. More of the Holy Spirit, Sr. Ann Shields
  35. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner
  36. The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle
  37. The Magic, Rhonda Byrne
  38. Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay, Daniel Mattson
  39. Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge, M.D.
  40. Spring Chicken – Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying), Bill Gifford
  41. The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand
  42. Play On: The New Science of Elite Performance at Any Age, Jeff Bercovici
  43. The Sexual State, Jennifer Roback Morse
  44. The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell
  45. The Final Quest, Rick Joyner