3 Books on Management recommended by Danielle Morrill

This is a list of the books, essays, blog posts, articles, podcasts, etc. that have had an outsized impact on my thinking in life and business. I am trying to figure out a good way to organize this, right now it is just a tiny part of my collection but definitely a set of books that I find myself suggesting to people over and over again.
— Danielle Morrill, Cofounder & CEO Mattermark (HighlyReco, Twitter)

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

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Summary from Amazon: 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.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making

Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

Other Recommendations

The definite guide to getting the right things done
 — Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO Amazon (HighlyReco, Twitter)

Another formative read for me. I devoured this book while in college. I can’t say that I’ve always been an effective executive, but Peter Drucker was a hero of mine.
 — Guy Kawasaki, Chief evangelist of Canva (HighlyReco, Twitter)

High Output Management by Andy Grove

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Summary from Amazon: The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses — the art of the entrepreneur — can be summed up in a single word: managing. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance — throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.

Other Recommendations

This is a user-friendly guide to the art and science of management from Andrew S. Grove, the president of America’s leading manufacturer of computer chips. Grove’s recommendations are equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants and teachers — anyone whose job entails getting a group of people to produce something of value.
 — Vinod Khosla, Co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Founder of Khosla Ventures (HighlyReco, Twitter)

It has been an honor for me to learn from Andy Grove through the years and I am excited for everyone who is new to High Output Management to join me in this experience. I know that you will enjoy this marvelous book written by the best teacher that I have ever known.
 — Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of Opsware and Andreessen Horowitz (HighlyReco, Twitter)

High Output Management is Andy Grove’s seminal work on management. It is the origin for the practice of OKRs, the management technique that Intel and Google, among others, use to set goals for the company and align everyone in achieving those goals.
 — Tomasz Tunguz, VC at Redpoint Ventures. (HighlyReco, Twitter)

How to Castrate a Bull by Dave Hitz and Pat Walsh

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Summary from Amazon: Dave Hitz likes to solve fun problems. He didn’t set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire. But he became all three. It turns out that business is a mosaic of interesting puzzles like managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past.

With colorful examples and anecdotes, How to Castrate a Bull is a story for everyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places.

Other Recommendations

Yep, great book! (context — how to survive a market crash. how netflix, google survived…)
 — Marc Andreessen, Partner Founder Andreessen Horowitz (HighlyReco, Twitter)

How to Castrate a Bull describes the creation and dramatic success of NetApp, the storage company. Unlike most business stories which are penned from the point of view of the CEO, this one is written by the CTO/founder, David Hitz. Hitz lived on a ranch in his youth and draws parallels between the activities on the ranch, like castrating bulls (!), and building a startup.
 — Tomasz Tunguz, VC at Redpoint Ventures (HighlyReco, Twitter)

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