15 New Books I Recommend

It's the end of the year. And this is probably more than you can read over the Christmas holiday, but wanted to provide my current top 15 list of new books I recommend you read. In no particular order:

1. Team of Teams - Stanley McChrystal 

2. How's Your Soul? - Judah Smith

3. Designed to Lead - Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck 

4. Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

5. Originals - Adam Grant 

6. Grit - Angela Duckworth 

7. Smarter, Faster, Better - Charles Duhigg

8. When You, Then God - Rusty George 

9. The Content Trap - Bharat Anand

10. Present Over Perfect - Shauna Niequist 

11. The Ideal Team Player - Patrick Lencioni

12. TED Talks - Chris Anderson 

13. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

14. Living Forward - Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

15. #AskGaryVee - Gary Vaynerchuk

BONUS: Thomas Friedman's new book Thank You for Being Late

Top Ten Books that Have Shaped my Faith and Leadership

Top Ten Books that Have Shaped My Faith and Leadership

Leaders are readers. Pure and simple.

I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books over the years, and each of them continues to add to the fabric of who I am and how I lead.

I believe that’s true for all of us. Whether you’ve read one book or a thousand, what we take in and ingest as leaders always contributes to our who we are what we do, and how we ultimately lead.

As a starting point, let’s begin with the Bible. The Holy Scriptures are by far the most important and most integral resource to my journey of faith and walk with Jesus. All of us should have the Word of God at #1 on our list of most impactful books we’ve read, and continue to read.

So with that said, here are 10 books that have most shaped my life and leadership.

1.   Spiritual Leadership – Oswald Sanders. This is an instant classic. Combining faith and leadership in a powerful way.

2.   The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership- John Maxwell. One of the legendary leadership books. So much of my own leadership journey has been shaped by John Maxwell and his writing.

3.   What’s So Amazing about Grace- Philip Yancey. I read this book in my early 20’s and it truly opened up my mind and heart to God’s grace in a powerful way.

4.   Next Generation Leader- Andy Stanley. A tone setter in leading and equipping the next generation.

5.   Axiom- Bill Hybels. The primer on getting the best of Hybels in bite size chunks.

6.   Roaring Lambs- Bob Briner. A defining book on following Jesus in the middle of mainstream culture.

7.   Good to Great- Jim Collins. Arguably one of the greatest business books ever written.

8.   Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren. We all know this one!

9.   Mere Christianity- CS Lewis. This classic should be on every believer’s nightstand.

10.                The Ragamuffin Gospel- Brennan Manning. Man, I love Brennan Manning’s writing. This one is perhaps his best known and best written.

*** bonus: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership- Henri Nouwen. 

Let’s all commit to continuing to live out the “leaders are readers” code and commission. Hungry leaders continue to get better, and never before have as many books and resources been available to us, in every format and delivery system, to help us navigate the tricky road of influence.

Read well, my friends! 


My NEW book H3 LEADERSHIP releases TODAY

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. officially releases TODAY!

Excited to get this book into the hands, hearts, minds and souls of thousands upon thousands of leaders around the world.

That includes you! I hope the book is personal, applicable, practical, inspiring, challenging and easy to implement into your own personal leadership journey.

You can buy it here.

The book outlines and breaks down the 20 Key Habits that all great leaders have in common, built around the 3 pillars and my own leadership mantra of HUMBLE, HUNGRY, and HUSTLE. If your leadership journey is just beginning, or you have been walking in it for years, this book is tailored made to help you be a better leader now, and ultimately guide you to the finish line well.

And, as a special bonus::: anyone who purchases the book this week, from September 22-27, scan and send your receipt to and you'll receive over $100 of extra leadership resources for FREE, all for simply purchasing the book during release week from any outlet.

If you're interested in purchasing 5 or even 10 copies of the book, there are way more goodies for you. Check them out. 

Thanks for being on this journey with me. I believe together we can be a force for good. Change makers all raising the tide of leadership. Impacting our generation. Let's do this!

Again, you can purchase here

5 Gears - A New Productivity Book to Check Out

5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

My good friends Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram, founders of GiANT Worldwide, have written a book you'll want to read. This new book will help you develop a rhythm and routine for your life that allows you to be productive at the right time of the day, as well as shift gears to be truly present with your family and fully recharge. 

People around the world struggle with work/ life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.

While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their life, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language, that if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and replace it with a secure confidence that people everywhere need.

The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation, leadership skill, and help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect.

"5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?" — PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

About the Authors:

JEREMIE KUBICEK is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and the GiANT companies. He is a bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive and speaker to organizations throughout the world on transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.

STEVE COCKRAM is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and a recognized expert on personality development, applied leadership learning and culture change with executive teams and
organizations around the world. Steve is a sought- after speaker and teacher on apprenticeship, personality development and team building. He resides in London with his wife and three children.

A Few Ways the 5 Gears book will help you:

- Designed to help people conquer work/life balance
- Master the art of being present and productive
- Learn how to connect with those around you
- Learn how to be in the right gear in the right time… social, work, rest, etc.
- Learn how to fully recharge & be at your best
- Reconnect with your kids/spouse/family
- Build better relationships at work
- Maximize your influence
- Hard skills alone do not make you influential - emotional intelligence & your ability to connect does.
- Discover the most common pitfalls when it comes to connectivity, leadership and influence
- With Google and Youtube, information mastery is no longer enough...your ability to build and maintain authentic relationships with others is the competitive advantage.

Order the book today!

Buy my new book H3 Leadership Now and receive an Exclusive offer

You can now pre-order my new book H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

The book releases on September 22, but if you pre-order before then, you will be eligible to receive the following:

Buy 1 book and receive The Catalyst Leader audio book, an exclusive new (never before released) ebook from me that includes a 20 Day Leadership Makeover, and free registration to a 2 hour video coaching online event with me later this fall.

Buy 5 books and receive all of the above plus a Branded Journal and The Catalyst Leader Small Group DVD Study.

Buy 10 books and receive all of the above plus a complimentary ticket to a future Catalyst One Day or Leadercast event.

 Just send a copy of your receipt of purchase to and then you will receive and have access to the exclusive pre-offers.

Happy ordering!