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SG Leadership Library

From the Surgeon General

One of the great joys in my life is to be a lifelong learner. This includes seeking out and surrounding myself with some of the best people and minds in our U.S. Air Force and in my personal life. In tandem with these connections is my love for reading and what it offers in broadening my perspectives regarding leadership and absorbing new ideas.

I hope you use this Leadership Library and its various titles to help enhance your own leadership capabilities and personal outlook. Use these books to start conversations, share perspectives or to grow ideas on how to keep the Air Force Medical Service the best in the world. Thanks for reading.

Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller
U.S. Air Force Surgeon General

Leading Change
by John P. Kotter

John Kotter’s eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber

Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard Business School’s John Kotter, it can help you and your colleagues thrive during tough times.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

In Grit, Angela Duckworth takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance.

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
by Edgar H. Schein and Peter A. Schein

This book offers simple guidance for building the kind of open and trusting relationships vital for tackling global systemic challenges and developing adaptive, innovative organizations.

Cowboy Ethics: What It Takes to Win at Life
by James P. Owen

When first published, Cowboy Ethics inspired businesspeople to look to the Code of the West. Once they did, they discovered that its simple, common-sense principles can be more effective guides to business leadership than a truckload of corporate mission statements, rules, and ethics manuals.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

What’s holding you back? Your hard work is paying off. You are doing well in your field. But there is something standing between you and the next level of achievement. Perhaps one small flaw - a behavior you barely even recognize - is the only thing that’s keeping you from where you want to be.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
by Peter F. Drucker

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing the skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential.

The Fred Factor: Every Person's Guide to Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!
by Mark Sanborn

In The Fred Factor, motivational speaker Mark Sanborn recounts the true story of Fred, the mail carrier who passionately loves his job and who genuinely cares about the people he serves. Because of that, he is constantly going the extra mile handling the mail - and sometimes watching over the houses - of the people on his route, treating everyone he meets as a friend. Where others might see delivering mail as monotonous drudgery, Fred sees an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those he serves.

The Infinite Game
by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a just cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
by Simon Sinek

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek investigates great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who don't just sacrifice their place at the table but often their own comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government - each putting aside their own interests to protect their teams.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

Start with Why asks (and answers) the questions: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Code reveals the secrets of some of the best teams in the world - from Pixar to Google to US Navy SEALs - explaining the three skills such groups have mastered in order to generate trust and a willingness to collaborate. Combining cutting-edge science, on-the-ground insight and practical ideas for action, it offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know - and Do
by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Mark Miller

Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller get at the heart of what makes a leader successful.

Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations
by Susan Fowler and Ken Blanchard

In Leading at a Higher Level, Susan Fowler, Ken Blanchard and his colleagues bring together everything they've learned about world-class leadership. You'll discover how to create targets and visions based on the "triple bottom line"...and make sure people know who you are, where you're going, and the values that will guide your journey.

The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
by James C. Hunter

With an introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career, this book redefines what it means to be a leader.

Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story
by Peter Gruber

In Tell to Win, Peter Gruber explains how to move beyond PowerPoint slides and spreadsheets to create purposeful stories that can serve as powerful calls to action. He reveals the best way to get noticed, how to turn passive listeners into active participants, and how technology can be used to ensure audience commitment.

The Master Coach Model
by J. Arthur Smith

The Master Coach Model will accelerate your understanding of how to Pull-not push, Explore-not explain, and Listen-not lecture, to the success of both the coach and the coachee. Dr. J. Arthur Smith will move you with a proven model for coaching that connects both mind and heart of those you influence.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
by Brené Brown

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? In this new book, Brené Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by Stanley A. McChrystal

In Team of Teams, Stanley A. McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits and organizations today. In periods of unprecedented crisis, leaders need practical management practices that can scale to thousands of people - and fast. By giving small groups the freedom to experiment and share what they learn across the entire organiza­tion, teams can respond more quickly, communicate more freely, and make better and faster decisions.

Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual
by Jocko Willink

Decorated ex-US Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink delivers hard-won leadership principles that have been tested and proven on the battlefield, in business and in life. Leadership Strategy and Tactics takes the guesswork out of leadership by translating theory into practical skills and manoeuvers that leaders at all levels can apply, practice and execute.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
by Admiral William H. McRaven

Sea Stories begins in 1963 at a French Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II-the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
by Admiral William H. McRaven

Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America."

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)
by Admiral William H. McRaven

From the author of Make Your Bed - a short, inspirational book of advice and leadership lessons that Admiral McRaven collected over his four decades as a Navy SEAL.

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
by Colin Powell

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he's learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer.

Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life
by Tony Dungy, with Nathan Whitaker

In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family - and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance
by Tony Dungy

In Uncommon, Coach Dungy reveals secrets to achieving significance that he has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his walk with God.

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently
by Tony Dungy

In The Mentor Leader, Coach Dungy reveals what propelled him to the top of his profession and shows how you can apply the same approach to virtually any area of your life. In the process, you’ll learn the seven keys of mentoring leadership - and why they’re so effective; why mentor leadership brings out the best in people; how a mentor leader recovers from mistakes and handles team discipline; and the secret to getting people to follow you and do their best for you without intimidation tactics.

The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life
by Jim Tressel

The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life shares Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel's “Big Ten” fundamentals for success: Attitude, Discipline, Faith, Handling Adversity & Success, Excellence, Love, Toughness, Responsibility, Team, and Hope.

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization
by John Wooden

John Wooden’s goal in 41 years of coaching never changed; namely, to get maximum effort and peak performance from each of his players in the manner that best served the team. Wooden on Leadership explains step-by-step how he pursued and accomplished this goal.

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
by John Wooden

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach Wooden shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer
by Buster Olney

In September 2008, Northern State University men’s basketball coach Don Meyer stood on the brink of immortality. He was about to surpass the legendary Bobby Knight to become the all-time NCAA wins leader in men’s basketball. Then, on a two-lane road in South Dakota, everything changed in an instant. In How Lucky You Can Be, acclaimed sports journalist Buster Olney tells the remarkable story of the successive tragedies that befell Coach Meyer but could not defeat him

Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service
by Theodore B. Kinni

Be Our Guest specializes in helping professionals see new possibilities through concepts not found in the typical workplace, revealing even more of the business behind the magic of quality service.

The Customer Rules: The 39 essential rules for delivering sensational service
by Lee Cockerell

The Customer Rules is entirely focused on one ultimate goal: to help you, no matter what your position or job title, secure the most revenue-boosting asset you could wish for: a reputation for excellent service. Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations at Disney World - a company which has redefined what a business can do for their customers - shows you how: from why you should 'Never say no - except No Problem' to asking yourself 'What Would Mum Do?'.

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney
by Lee Cockerell

In Creating Magic, Lee Cockerell shares the 10 practical, common sense strategies that guided his own journey from a poor farm boy in Oklahoma to the head of operations for a multibillion dollar enterprise.

If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently
by Fred Lee

Using examples from his work with Disney and as a senior-level hospital executive, Fred Lee challenges the assumptions that have defined customer service in health care. In this unique book, he focuses on the similarities between Disney and hospitals - both provide an "experience," not just a service. It shows how hospitals can emulate the strategies that earn Disney the trust and loyalty of their guests and employees.

The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company
by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson

This practical, hands-on book takes an in-depth look at Disney's business philosophy and the principles behind it, demonstrating how today's managers can successfully apply them to their own businesses ­­no matter what the field.

The Wisdom of Walt: Leadership Lessons from the Happiest Place on Earth
by Jeffrey Barnes

How do you go from dreaming of a theme park to building one? Walt Disney laid the blueprint. Learn how he did it, and how his wisdom can guide you toward achieving the things that you dream of.

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
by Malcolm Gladwell

In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers studies miscommunication, interactions and assumptions people make when dealing with those that they don't know.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath employs individual case studies and comparison to provide a wide range of examples where perceived major disadvantages in fact turn out to be the keys to the underdog Davids' triumph against Goliath-like opponents or situations.

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw is a compilation of 19 articles by Malcolm Gladwell that were originally published in The New Yorker which are categorized into three parts.

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

This book presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information. It considers both the strengths of the adaptive unconscious, for example in expert judgment, and its pitfalls, such as prejudice and stereotypes.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

This book seeks to explain and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday life.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice
by Matthew Syed

Award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to success - in sports, business, school, and just about anything else that you’d want to be great at.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

This book explores the science behind habit creation and reformation.

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
by David Goggins

In Can't Hurt Me, David Goggins shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
by David Goggins

In Never Finished, David Goggins takes you inside his Mental Lab, where he developed the philosophy, psychology, and strategies that enabled him to learn that what he thought was his limit was only his beginning and that the quest for greatness is unending.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
by Gary Chapman

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love - that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? In The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide.

The Beer Bible
by Jeff Alworth

It’s finally here - the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible does for wine. Written by an expert from the West Coast, where America’s craft beer movement got its start, The Beer Bible is the ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to all the world’s beers.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
by Charlie Papazian

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is everything you need to know to brew beer at home from start to finish including new recipes, updated charts on hop varieties, secrets to fermentation, beer kit tips, and more - from the master of homebrewing.

Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink
by Randy Mosher

This beer resource features the most current information on beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems.

The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
by Garrett Oliver

Garrett Oliver, award-winning Brewmaster and Vice President of Production of the Brooklyn Brewery reveals the full spectrum of flavors contained in the more than 50 distinct styles of beer from around the world.

Off-Centered Leadership: The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth
by Sam Calagione

Off-Centered Leadership considers an innovative approach to business by exploring what happens when companies stop competing and start collaborating - both externally in the marketplace and internally in building a culture of communication, trust and alignment.