The most popular item on my blog is the book list I made at Agile 2010.
As I read a lot of books, I wondered what other booklist could I make. I try to read at least one book every month that has nothing to do with IT. At this moment I am preparing a 2 day leadership course, although I have lots of agile, and IT books on my desk, these are the non IT one’s I have at my desk:

The 7 habits of effective people

Speed of Trust

The Black Swan


The Goal

A Sense of Urgency


The paradox of Choice

Getting Things Done


Training From the back of the room

The Five dysfunction of a team

On my kindle I have:

How the brain learns to read (Reading this one)

Implementing Beyond Budgeting (Read last week)

Open Space technology (Loaded because I like the book so much)

This is your brain on music (David said it is a must read book)

Drive (next on my reading list)



As any list, this list is not complete, I even think it is very biased in one direction (I feel that all these books could reference each other) What books do you think I should add?

5 Responses to “19 Non-IT books at my desk”

  1. Although it is inspired on IT Teams and technology companies, I recommend the book I’m reading now : Peopleware by Demarco and Lister.

  2. Would love to hear more about what you cover in your leadership course.

  3. YvesHanoulle says:

    You can find some of my topics on slideshare:
    The speed of trust
    Real options
    Slack (myth of total efficiency)

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  5. Karel Louwagie says:

    In case you’re not too busy and still reading a non-IT book a month i’d recommend ‘Daring Greatly’ by Brené Brown. Let me know what you think of it.

    Here’s a short intro: