ADAPTOVATE Reading List 2021

4 min readJul 28, 2021

Books recommended by our team

The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer.

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

“A history of cancer that leaves you feeling optimistic about the future. An easy read, detailing the many little steps of scientific progress that are being made so that we may live long and healthy lives. The importance and power of curiosity.“

Jeffrey von Drehnen
Senior Consultant

Coaching Agile Teams

By Lyssa Adkins

“This is a must for coaches who work in agile! Reading about the different roles a coach — including teacher, facilitator, mentor, and coach — has helped me to better understand when and how to use a particular style in a given situation. I recommend this book all the time.

Audio Version available here

Karen Chan
Consultant and Engineer

Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

By Dr Carol S. Dweck

“Mindset is the most important book I have ever read. The book and the concept of the Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset arrived in my life a decade ago and changed the way I look at every project or relationship I engage in, both personal and professional. As a coach to clients across the globe, operating with a growth mindset about each individual and organization is critical to helping them fulfill their potential. Five stars. Highly recommend.”

Audio version available here

Kayla Cartwright
Project Lead

Measure What Matters

By John Doerr

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”, a great paraphrase from Alice in Wonderland. Goal setting is hard. So knowing if you’re achieving your goals is really hard.
Thank you John Doer for Measure What Matters. John passionately explains the powerful and proven goal framework of OKRs. Great reading to achieve your team’s hardest goals”

Murray Foltyn
Senior Consultant

The Design of Business

By Roger Martin

“Roger Martin’s seminal work is a powerful guide to understanding how an organisation’s tendency to obsess over data, efficiency, predictability, and past success, often works in opposition to the creativity and breakthrough innovation that markets demand today.“

* Unavailable in Audio

Chris MacLeod
Senior Consultant

Brave New Work

By Aaron Dignan

Brave New Work is a breakthrough approach to holistic organizational culture and change. This book teaches readers how to reinvent their organization by being complexity conscious and people positive- a recipe for success for leaders of the future.”

Brooke Pannell

Getting Naked

By Patrick Lencioni

“Presented mostly as a parable about a management consultant trying to reconcile two firms in a merger, Lencioni’s latest is entertaining as well as informative, with a message that stick…”

Nate Nelson
Partner and Managing Director


By Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

“As Homo sapiens/Humans and Homo-economicus, how free are we? And how do we alter Human behaviours? This is a book which includes insights on Human rationality and how to influence better decision making.“

Prisiclla Koukoui
Senior Consultant

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

“In this comprehensive presentation of a life’s work, the world’s most influential psychologist demonstrates that irrationality is in our bones, and we are not necessarily the worse for it.” New York Times

Ash Patil
Senior Consultant

Books available in print and audio at the same link unless stated.

Further reading:

  • Turn This Ship Around by L. David Marquet
  • Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  • Radical Focus by Christina Wootke
  • Orchestrating Transformation by Michael Wade, James Macaulay, Andy Noronha, Joel Barbier
  • 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators, From Idea to Execution byVijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble
  • Discovery-Driven Growth, A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity by Rita Gunther and Ian MacMillan
  • Reprogramming The American Dream by Kevin Scot
  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • Sprint — How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky
  • The Innovators Solution by Michael Raynor and Michael Christensen
  • The Little Black Book of Innovation — How it Works. How to do It by Scott D Anthony
  • Leading Without Authority by Keith Ferrazzi
  • How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell
  • Reinventing the Organization by Arthur Young, Dave Ulrich
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Cracked it by Bernard Garette
  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Death by meeting by Patrick Lencioni
  • Breathe by J. Nestor
  • Make it stick by P. Brown
  • Grit by A. Duckworth
  • The Serendipity Mindset by C. Busch
  • The Art of Resilience by R. EdgleyHigh
  • High Trust Selling by Todd Duncan
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Survival of the Saavy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success by Rick Brandon and Marty Seldman
  • Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
  • Giving Voice to Values by Mary C. Gentle
  • The Skillfull Teacher by Jon Saphier
  • The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

Originally published at on July 28, 2021.




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