January 20, 2005

News & Opinion: Nine Books Every Consultant Must Read

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

When I had an opportunity to interview Tom Peters for my zine, Management Consulting News, he made a comment that resonated with me. He said If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, Ive gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.
Youll get more than a bargain from these classics. If youre in any professional services business, make sure these books are in your library.
George Leonard: Mastery
David Maister, Charles Green, Robert Galford: The Trusted Advisor
Mick Cope: The Seven Cs of Consulting
Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen: Difficult Conversations
Andrew Weil, M.D.: Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
Barbara Minto: The Minto Pyramid Principle
Philip Kotler Ph.D.: Marketing Professional Services
William Zinsser: On Writing Well
Nick Morgan: Working the Room

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.