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The Best Continuous Improvement Books of 2019

Dec 13, 2019
It's December and a great time to start your personal year-end review. Let's start with reviewing the best books of 2019. What were the best books? What are the benefits of reading (listening) for personal development? Listen to the CI4Life podcast "Reading improves quality of life" where Rick Heyland reviews the top 3 books of his closest "top reading" associates.

Here is Rick's list:

  1. Business
    1. Getting the Right Things Done: A Leader’s Guide to Planning and Execution by Pascal Dennis
    2. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
    3. Even More Schedule for Sale: Advanced Work Packaging for Construction Projects by Geoff Ryan
    4. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by McChesney, Covey and Huling
    5. Giving it All Away and Getting it All Back Again by David Green and Bill High
    6. Complex Projects by Edward Merrow
  2. Personal Development
    1. Atomic Habits by James Clear (3 votes)
    2. The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran
    3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey
    4. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
    5. Grit by Angela Duckworth
    6. Daring to Lead by Brene Brown
    7. Passion and Purpose by Marlys & Merle Hanson
    8. Discover your True North by Bill George
    9. Extreme Ownership by Jacko Willinks
    10. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
    11. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
    12. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Anna Rosling Ronnlund, Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling
    13. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
  3. Historical/Non-Fiction
    1. An Astronauts Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield (2 votes)
    2. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis
    3. 1776 by David McCullough
    4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
    6. Winners Take All – The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
    7. Playing through the Whistle – Steel, Football and an American Town by S.L. Price
    8. There is a Balm in Huntsville: A True Story of Tragedy and Restoration From the Heart of the Texas Prison System by T. Carlos Anderson
    9. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    10. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
    11. Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
    12. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
    13. Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe
    14. The Pioneers: THe Heroic Story of the Settlers by David McCullough
    15. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President by Harold Holzer
    16. The Forgotten 500: THe Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for Greatness by Gregory Freeman
    17. Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen
  4. Fiction
    1. A Painted House by John Grisham (2 votes)
    2. Artemis by Andy Weir