Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Going From Introverted Engineer to CEO - The Recommended Reading List

Stephane Kasriel is the CEO of Upwork - a firm that matches freelancers with employers.  He has an article in the current issue of Harvard Business Review - How I Did It: Upwork's CEO on How an Introverted Engineer Learned to Lead.  The article is fascinating in describing his journey.  Mr. Kasriel read widely along the path to CEO - he cited the following books that he read in preparing for his leadership role.
  • Anticipate:The Architecture of Small Team Innovation and Product Success by Ronald Brown
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases Through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble and David Farley
  • Customer Centric Selling by Michael Bosworth and John Holland
  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products That Win by Steve Blank
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
  • Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch and John Byrne
  • Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale by Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, and Barry O'Reilly
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • The New Strategic Selling: The Unique Sales System Proven Successful by the World's Best Companies by Robert Miller, Stephen Heiman, and Tao Tuleja
  • Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into a Sales Machine with $100 Million Best Practices of Salesforce.com by Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler
  • Rework by Jason Freid and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers is the New Way to be Smart by Ian Ayres
  • Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

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