Leadership Book Summaries

 John Ruh   Leadership


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Man’s Search for Meaning

Victor Frankl (1905-1997) was a PhD, neurologist, M.D. psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who in 1959, wrote the famous book “Man’s Search for Meaning”.  The essence of the book is how he found meaning in all forms of existence even under the most brutal of circumstances (Only 1 in 26 survived the Nazi WWII camps).  It is a classic book about purpose and meaning.

Love and Hate in Jamestown by David Price

About Entrepreneurship: In 1607 a group of British businessmen came to America to find Gold.  The problem was there was no gold in Virginia- then or now.  Thus they found themselves in a strange land, full of different cultures (some of which were hostile) and no way to achieve the objective they sought. Still they survived (primarily thanks to John Smith) and paved the way for other colonists to follow.

11 Rings by Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson’s, “11 Rings,” is a fun read for a sports fan, but the real essence of the book is what Phil calls inside/out leadership.  I found it interesting to see how he developed his natural leadership style over time integrating these diverse concepts/philosophies, cultures and religions into a highly effective coaching style.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The book, “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson (who also wrote biographies of Einstein and Franklin) is expertly researched and can give any reader insight into the life and career of Steve Jobs. Some have compared Jobs to Henry Ford, Disney and Edison or claim he had the artistry of Picasso or the design expertise of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The biography covers his complete life and shows how his environment helped shape the person he became. DVD also available for viewing.

Winning by Jack Welch

Jack Welch knows how to win. During his forty-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets and against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits. DVD also available about the book. Jack being interviewed on the book, 4 key points and how Jack conducted quarterly reviews. Super interview.