“A room without books is like a body without soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
At Strategos Group, we have soul.
Our soul is created through a culture of learning. We learn from each other and through our experiences. But we also learn through literature.
Below you will find a selection of books, hand picked by us, that we consider to be instrumental in individual and professional success. Enjoy!
The Art of War (512 B.C.) by: Sun Tzu
Of all the books on this list, few are as influential in shaping the way the world is today like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. In only thirteen chapters some of the most significant aspects of warfare are explained in detail, with an emphasis on the importance of strategy. What is impressive is how significantly a book comprised of manuscripts from an ancient Chinese General still carries an impact on society today.
David and Goliath (2013) by: Malcolm Gladwell
In his fifth book, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell discusses the always-intriguing topic of the underdog. Examining numerous fields such as history, psychology and economics, Gladwell dives into the reasons why underdogs win, and the best way to overcome obstacles ourselves. Gladwell’s unique perspective and writing style provides insight into events that ordinarily wouldn’t be discussed, and creates an experience for the reader unlike any other.
Atlas Shrugged (1957) by: Ayn Rand
Considered to be one of the most important texts of the 20th century, Atlas Shrugged tells the story of a dystopian United States that falls into decay after an economic collapse. What makes this story so incredible is the numerous hot button topics it addresses, ranging from philosophy and economics to sexuality. Often considered Rand’s best work, this novel forces us to want to answer the question: “Who is John Galt?”
Profiles in Courage (1955) by: John F. Kennedy
It is no surprise that one of the most influential leaders in American history had a fascination with men of courage. In Profiles of Courage, Kennedy outlines eight stories of unsung heroics by American patriots at different points in United States history. As one reads this in today’s society, the mental connections to Kennedy’s character are noticeable. If one of the most courageous leaders in our history revered these heroes, shouldn’t we?
Mere Christianity (1952) by: C.S. Lewis
Many books have been written about Christianity, but no book so perfectly encompasses all that it means to be a member of the Christian faith like C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. Adapted from a series of radio broadcasts during World War II, this classic of Christian apologetics provided hope for the people of Britain during a time where all hope seemed lost. The world may remember his fantasy literature best, but this is by far C.S. Lewis’s most significant work.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (2007) by: John C. Maxwell
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” -Proverbs 29:18
This passage from Proverbs reflects a truth about business: in order to be successful, there must be a leader. In the New York Times best selling book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell uncovers 21 laws that go hand in hand with leading other people. Each law he discusses is derived from his 40 years of experience in business leadership and is expertly communicated in a way that anyone can understand.
Crossing the Chasm (1991) by: Geoffrey A. Moore
We live in an incredible time where information rules above all. More specifically, those who control the information have the real power. In Crossing the Chasm, written at the beginning of the information age, Geoffrey Moore focuses on the specifics of marketing high tech products during the early start up period. What is most fascinating is that this text has carried over into the advanced technology expansions occurring today, further cementing its importance into 21st century business strategies.
Orbiting the Giant Hairball (1998) by: Gordon MacKenzie
Often times, start-ups forget the importance of creativity when they set out into the unknown landscape of the business world. In possibly the funniest book on this list, Gordon MacKenzie’s Orbiting the Giant Hairall seeks to remind entrepreneurs of the creativity that inspired them to go after their dreams in the first place. MacKenzie himself may be a creative genius, and this book is the ultimate proof of his talent containing complete illustrations of his entire career in full color.
Competitive Strategy (1998) by: Michael E. Porter
Considered to be one of the most influential business texts of a generation, Michael Porter’s Competitive Strategy perfectly reflects the most efficient routes one may take in order to best succeed in their field of business. Now translated into nineteen languages, Porter’s breakthrough book redefines business molding into a practice of simple strategies rather than one of complex avenues. Paired with his text Competitive Advantage, Porter provides any business the opportunity to further extend its reach of influence.
Every Good Endeavor (2012) by: Timothy Keller
It is often a struggle for men of faith to have a healthy view of work. Every Good Endeavor, written by Timothy Keller, breaks through all of it. Citing numerous passages of scripture, Keller aptly applies the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our careers and applies it with foundational instruction and compassion. Numerous books on religion and careers exist, but very few pair the two as separate parts of the same whole, which Keller accomplishes beautifully.
Uncommon Sense (2011) by: Stephen Palmer
Literature written by modern day authors is often missing one thing – a call to action. This is not the case with Stephen Palmer. In his book Uncommon Sense, Palmer challenges those who read it that in order to change the political landscape of the nation we call home, we must first change ourselves. In an age where blame is the answer to any problem, this text provides a refreshing set of solutions that one can actually accomplish in order to make our country greater for all of us.
Good to Great (2001) by: Jim Collins
Do you ever wonder how a company continues to be successful, even when it may not be that great of a company to begin with? A similar question plagued the mind of Jim Collins as he set out to discover just what it is that makes some companies good, and others great. To do this, Collins studied major corporations during the economic boom of the 1990’s and analyzed how and why these companies were successful, then sought to see if smaller businesses were attempting similar types of strategies to accomplish their goals. In Good to Great, Collins’ truly remarkable study on business ventures in the American economy is unlike anything that has ever been done before.
The Road to Serfdom (1944) by: Frederick von Hayek
Of all the books contributing to the study of economic decision-making, few show the negative impacts that many decisions can have like The Road to Serfdom. Written by economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek, this harshly worded text provides a grim look into what government involvement and negligence could possibly have on the people of a nation, which Hayek insists is a loss of freedom. Considered to be the 1984 of economic writing, this work is essential to anyone considering involvement in government advocacy.