Reading list for 2020

Here’s what I plan to read this year. As always, I have a focus on learning more about leadership, as well as becoming a better person. I want to learn more about economics and sustainability, as well as about nature and ecology (following on the great books I read on this topic last year).

The challenge for myself this year that isn’t listed is that I want to draw on more diverse sources and go into more detail. Sources like journals, magazines, documentaries, and not solely limit myself to books. I also want to challenge myself to get closer to the source, so complementing books that may cover a topic at a high level with some of the source material, referenced articles and the like.


  1. Reboot
  2. Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups
  3. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box
  4. This is Service Design Thinking
  5. Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders
  6. Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy
  7. Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World

Economics, Environment, etc

  1. Powering Canada
  2. The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows
  3. The Necessary Revolution
  4. The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, And the Radical Remaking of Economics
  5. The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy
  6. The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years
  7. Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development
  8. Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
  9. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
  10. More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources—and What Happens Next
  11. Understanding Institutional Diversity

Being a better person

  1. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  2. The 48 Laws of Power
  3. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
  4. Mastery
  5. On Dialogue
  6. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
  7. How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be
  8. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  9. Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  10. Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More


  1. Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic
  2. Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
  3. Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas
  4. A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
  5. The Nature of Canada

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