Action Library

The following is a list of books recommended by Action’s CEO, Matthew Holbrook.  Each one provides insights and perspectives that could be helpful to HOA board members–both in their roles as board members and in life in general.  E-mail Erica at ekreutzer@actionlife.com to request a free copy of any one of these books.


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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by [Jordan Ellenberg]

This book is a tour of mathematical thought and a guide to becoming a better thinker. How Not to Be Wrong shows that math is not just a long list of rules to be learned and carried out.  Math touches everything we do:  It’s what makes the world make sense.  Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives.  How Not to Be Wrong shows us how. 

Whether you are a CEO or a full-time mom, you’ve got ideas that you need to communicate:  a new product coming to market, a strategy that you want to sell your boss, values you are trying to instill in your children.  But it’s hard to transform the way people think and act.  In Made to Stick, you’ll learn the six key qualities of any idea that is made to stick:  Simplicity, Unexpectedness, Concreteness, Credibility, Emotion, and Use of Stories.

Ultimately, the success of any business rests on the talent and ability of those who manage and lead others to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization.  This principle applies to anyone in a leadership role, from the chief executive officer to the first line supervisor.  How2Lead is specially for the first line and middle managers who have been charged with the responsibility to get results through others.

2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture by [Paul A. Akers]

Do you think that all the talk about Lean Operations is a bit boring and all about charts and graphs?  2 Second Lean inspires easy and fun steps toward building a lean culture.  No flow charts or graphs – just the real life journey of one company and the astounding results Lean thinking can produce. 

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Built to Last examines what lies behind the extraordinary success of 18 visionary companies and which principles and ideas they’ve used to thrive for a century.

Built on Values shows exactly how any organization can exceed the expectations of employees and customers by using actionable step-by-step guidance that demonstrates why it is essential to hire, fire, and reward people based on values.

Great teams are essential for success in any organization. To have great teams, you need great team players. In the book, The Ideal Team Player, it explains how to identify and cultivate the 3 essential virtues of the ideal team player – Humble, Hungry and Smart.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team tells the tale of a team’s struggle to accept responsibility and come to any agreements, resulting in negative morale. Throughout the fable, the five dysfunctions of their team become evident, i.e. absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results.

The One Thing gives you a very simple approach to productivity, based around a single question, to help you have less clutter, distractions and stress, and more focus, energy and success.

Talking to Strangers is about what we should know about the people we don’t know. It looks at the ways we do harm by failing to understand one another.

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