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What CEOs are reading in 2017

Company: McKinsey & Company, Inc. Prague

Leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations share which books will keep them occupied in the weeks ahead.

Whether you’re heading to a Northern-hemisphere beach or hunkering down for a Southern-hemisphere winter, take inspiration from this eclectic and inspiring mix of fiction and nonfiction books, dog-eared and new. Find picks from Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, the Dow Chemical Company’s Andrew Liveris, Maria Ramos of Barclays Africa Group, and General Sir Nick Carter, head of the British Army, among others.

Alain Bejjani, Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Serial Innovators: Firms That Change the World —Adam Grant (Penguin Books, 2017; nonfiction)

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World—Claudio Feser (John Wiley & Sons, 2011; nonfiction)

The Human Comedy: Selected Stories—Honoré de Balzac (New York Review Books Classics, 2014; fiction)

The Rock of Tanios—Amin Maalouf (Grasset, 1993; fiction)

Journaux: 1912–1940—Stefan Zweig (Belfond, 1996; fiction)

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the General Staff, British Army

Churchill: The Power of Words—Martin Gilbert (Da Capo Press, 2012; nonfiction)

Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy—Colin S. Gray (Potomac Books, 2009; nonfiction)

Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers: 50 Strategic Rules Updated for Today’s Business—Gerald A. Michaelson and Steven W. Michaelson (Adams Media, 2010; nonfiction)

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind—Yuval Noah Harari (Harper, 2015; nonfiction)

Tony Elumelu, chairman, Heirs Holdings

Leading Change—John P. Kotter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012; nonfiction)

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done—Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan (Crown Business, 2002; nonfiction)

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t—Jim Collins (Harper Business, 2001; nonfiction)

Herman Gref, Sberbank

Great People Decisions: Why They Matter So Much, Why They Are So Hard, and How You Can Master Them—Claudio Fernandez-Araoz (John Wiley & Sons, 2007; nonfiction)

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!—Marshall Goldsmith (Profile Books, 2008; nonfiction)

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization—Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright (Harper Business, 2008; nonfiction)

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers—David Perlmutter, MD (Little, Brown and Company, 2013; nonfiction)

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be—Moisés Naím (Basic Books, 2014; nonfiction)

Drew Houston, Dropbox

Sam Walton: Made in America—Sam Walton (Bantam, 1993; nonfiction)

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World—Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen (MIT Press, 2016; nonfiction)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values—Robert M. Pirsig (William Morrow, 2005; nonfiction)

Gail Kelly, member of the Group of Thirty and former CEO, Westpac

Lab Girl—Hope Jahren (Vintage, February 2017; nonfiction)

Pachinko—Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing, February 2017; fiction)

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics—Daniel James Brown (Penguin Books, 2014; nonfiction)

Andrew Liveris, the Dow Chemical Company

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder—Arianna Huffington (Harmony, 2015; nonfiction)

The Sympathizer—Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, 2016; fiction)

The Quantum Spy—David Ignatius (W. W. Norton & Company, November 2017; fiction)



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