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Bill Gates Reading List – 2012 & 2013 – Do you Agree?

Bill GatesWhile this is the time of year when resolutions abound, one that usually makes the list for most people is to “READ MORE” than they did last year. While it might be on a Kindle or iPad or even a real book, it really doesn’t matter. So we thought we would give you a head start and share with you the reading list from Bill Gates – what he read last year and what he recommends this year.

Whether you are a Bill Gates fan or not, there are some interesting books on this reading list. We want to thank GeekWire for organizing these for us to share with you and if you would like to read their introduction to this list, you can find it here, “Inspired reading: Bill Gates list the top ten books of 2012 that made him think.” So here is his list of books:

  1. The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker
  2. Deng Xiaoping by Ezra Vogel
  3. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
  4. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  6. One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? by Gordon Conway
  7. A World-Class Education by Vivien Stewart
  8. Academically Adrift by Richard Arum & Joshipa Roksa
  9. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff
  10. The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control by Franklin Zimring

They also came out with a list of books, “Bill Gates says you should read these 5 books in 2013.” Here is the list he came up with:

  1. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  2. The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  3. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu
  4. The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention by William Rosen
  5. Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis

So I would be curious to hear from any of our CEO readers (and others) which of these books you have read or intend to read this coming year. Share your thoughts and your comments about the books so we can all decide whether they really are worth the time to buy and read. If anybody has read any of these, we will post it on our CEOtoCEO LinkedIn Discussion Group and see what everyone thinks in greater detail. Let us know…which ones have you read and what did you think…

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Erik Knutson, CEO of Design Labs

I had a interesting lunch at John Howies restaurant with Bill Gates and Erik Knutson CEO of Design Laboratory recently.  Bill was there, just not at our table and missed a great conversation

Erik’s company helps its clients achieve organizational alignment, manage complexity, and implement goals and changes.    I was interested in Erik’s thoughts on why some CEO’s have great visions and plans for their business but fail to inspire their team to consistently execute the strategies required for success?

In trying to capture Erik’s thoughts to share with you I coincidentally received this video Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action that captures the gist of our conversation.  This is a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …

Well worth watching and sharing with others.  Let me know what you think.