The CUInsight Experience podcast: Season 2 book list

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss

One question I’ve been asked since starting The CUInsight Experience podcast in January of 2019 is “where can I find a list of the books mentioned on the show?” Ask and you shall receive. Below is the list of every book recommended or talked about on the podcast with a link to Amazon for your purchasing pleasure. We will keep this list up-to-date with each guest.

There have been a few that received multiple mentions and would be a good starting point to build your reading list; The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, Start with Why by Simon Sinek, and Good to Great by Jim Collins. I would personally add Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard to the list too.

A simple google search in the future of “The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book list” will have your next book recommendation at your fingertips and Amazon will deliver to your door in a day or two. Enjoy!

(We make a few nickels to help support the podcast if you’re kind enough to buy through the links below)

Also check out The CUInsight Experience podcast:
Season 1 book list: here

Episode 54: Chairman Rodney Hood 
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
The Most of P.G Wodehouse by P.G Wodehouse
Episode 55: Deepthi Dommaraju
Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
Episode 56: Rachel Pross
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Outward Mindset by The Arbinger Institute
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Episode 57: Jeff Olson 
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Any books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor or Dan Brown
Episode 58: Rhonda Hotard
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Find Your Why by Simon Sinek
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish
Episode 59: Anthony Hernandez
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Leadershock by Greg Hicks
Lions Don’t Need to Roar by D.A Benton
Episode 60: Maria LaVelle
The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
Sowing Seeds: Life Lessons From My Father by Maurice Smith
Episode 61: Ryan Donovan 
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal
Episode 62: Marlene Schwartz 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Episode 63: Joe Hearn
Joe’s not much of a book reader but you can find him thumbing through the Wall Street Journal daily.
Episode 64: Jill Nowacki 
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Ohio by Stephen Markley
Episode 65: Todd Clark
Empire Of The Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
Episode 66: Carrie Hunt 
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Episode 67: Pete Hilger 
The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein
Episode 68: Lisa Brown 
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Episode 69: Bo McDonald
Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Episode 70: Denise Stevens
No book mentioned. We’re going to have to circle back with Denise.
Episode 71: Carrie Birkhofer
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Laura Davis
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Episode 72: Keith Monson
Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t For Other People by Connie Podesta
Episode 73: April Clobes
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul by Howard Schultz
Episode 74: Mark Arnold 
Leading for Growth: How Umpqua Bank Got Cool and Created a Culture of Greatness by Ray Davis
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel
The Revenue Growth Habit: The Simple Art of Growing Your Business by 15% in 15 Minutes Per Day by Alex Goldfayn
Episode 75: Mary Beth Spuck
The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded by Michael Watkins
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling
Episode 76: James Schenck
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Episode 77: Cathie Mahon 
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Che Guevara
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
Episode 78: Marsha Majors
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Episode 79: James Wileman
The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
Any book by a Lakers player or coach
Episode 80: Monica Davy
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Episode 81: Mark Alguard
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Episode 82: Jill Nowacki
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad and Robin DiAngelo
Episode 83: Brian Branch
Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity by Norman Wirzba
Episode 84: Chuck Purvis
Has been reading more than ever but not books. Keeping up on the news and how fast things are changing.
Episode 85: Joanne Todd 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Episode 86: Ken Cahoon
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded by Michael D. Watkins
Episode 87: Christina O’Brien
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Episode 88: Brian Schools
Safe Enough to Soar by Frederick A. Miller and Judith Katz
Episode 89: Kathryn Davis
Tools of the Titans by Tim Farriss
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Episode 91: Mina Worthington
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
Episode 92: Randy Salser
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne
Awesomely Simple by John Spence
Episode 93: Shruti Miyashiro
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Capital in The Twenty-first Century by Thomas Piketty
Episode 94: Larry Sewell
Anything by Stephen Covey
Anything by Ken Blanchard
My American Journey by Colin Powell
Jackie Robinson: My Own Story by Jackie Robinson
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Episode 95: Deedee Myers
The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better by Richard J. Leider
Episode 96: Lucy Ito
The Cuisine of California by Diane Rossen Worthington
The Nursery Crimes Series by Jasper Fforde
Episode 97: Bert J. Hash, Jr.
King Rat by James Clavell
Episode 98: Debbie Painter
The Case Against Socialism by Paul Rand
Episode 99: Nader Moghaddam
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan and Charles Buck
Episode 100: Jim Nussle
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of Just a Nation by Brenda Wineapple
The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded by Michael Watkins
Along with those books Jim loves any Presidential biography.
Episode 101: Jill Nowacki & Randy Smith
We Can’t Talk About That At Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics by Mary-Francis Winters

Also check out The CUInsight Experience podcast:
Season 3 book list: here
Season 4 book list: here
Season 5 book list: here
Season 6 book list: here

Randall Smith

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