Four Business, Communications And Leadership Books To Read In 2017

To find the best business, communications and leadership books to add to my "to read" list for 2017, I reached out to some of the best experts in the field. Individuals I admire and respect.

Here is what they read this past year and recommend adding to your 2017 "to read" list:


Paul Smith
Organizational Storytelling Speaker, Trainer/Coach, Author


"As a storytelling trainer and consultant, I’m constantly asked by companies to help their managers 'tell a better story.' When I dig in to find out what the issues and needs are, about half the time I conclude that it’s not actually storytelling that they need. What they need is the ability to craft a simpler, more logical, and more compelling argument that they can deliver in a presentation or in a memo. The Elegant Pitch teaches that and does it well," says Paul.

Twitter: @LeadWithAStory

Paul’s books:
Lead with a Story  (Amazon #1 Bestseller in Business Communication)
Sell with a Story  (Amazon #1 Bestseller in Sales and Selling)
Parenting with a Story


Debbie Laskey
Expert in Brand Marketing, Social Media, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development and Customer Service Marketing


"There are so many how-to lead books on the market that it’s almost impossible to siphon out quality from the imposters, but Willett’s book stands apart as a must-read. Here’s the main theme of the book: While many people are destined to become leaders, how many actually create cultures of excellence where others aim to become leaders? As Willett explained, 'It is your job to provide each person you lead with inspiration, guidance, discipline, correction, training, and most of all, the opportunity to make mistakes and to excel.' Want to learn more? Visit www.leadtheunleadable.com," explains Debbie.

Debbie has served as a judge for the Web Marketing Association’s annual web award competition since 2002, and has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Branding Experts."

Twitter: @DebbieLaskeyMBA



Nathan Magnuson
Leadership Consultant, Coach, Speaker, Thought Leader

Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

"I loved the gripping military stories but also the business tie-ins. The key message is that leaders can't lead until they accept the responsibilities that come with the job. I'd recommend this book to anyone faced with a critical job or project that will require 100% commitment," says Nathan.

Twitter: @NathanMagnuson
Nathan’s e-book: Trusted Leadership Advisor



David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
Communications and Leadership Speaker, Consultant, Author

"This year, I re-read Lencioni's classic, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team," says David.

"Trust continues to be one of the fundamental issues organizations, teams, and leaders face. His elegant model and its components have stood the test of time, and are even more relevant today as leaders often work to build high-performing teams without addressing the most fundamental building block - vulnerability-based trust."

David is Founder and CEO of The Grossman Group, an award-winning Chicago-based communications consultancy focused on organizational consulting, strategic leadership development and internal communications.

Twitter: @Thoughtpartner

David’s e-books include:
The Mistakes CEOs Can’t Help But Make and the Fixes They Can’t Afford Not to Make
The Definitive Guide to Taming the Email Monster.

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