Doug Conant’s Reading List

When renowned speaker, writer, and business leader Doug Conant assumed leadership of the Campbell Soup Co. in January of 2001, he helped set the struggling company’s fortunes simmering once again. Of the hundreds and hundreds of leadership books Conant has read over the years, these foundational favorites are the ones he says he turns to time and time again


While extroverts grab instant attention, at least one-third of the people in our lives are introverts, and, as Susan Cain points out, introverts are responsible for many of the great contributions to society — from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Quiet does a masterful job of showing how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Originally released in 1936, Dale Carnegie’s motivational opus has helped millions of people grow both personally and professionally. Carnegie’s six ways to get people to like you, twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and nine ways to change people without causing resentment will help you achieve your maximum potential in this competitive age.

Good to Great

Can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? That long puzzled Jim Collins, and one he tackles in Good to Great. The conclusions he and his team reach may fly in the face of conventional business wisdom, but they also provide a solid roadmap for any company willing to follow them.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Simply put, Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has revolutionized the way countless people solve personal and professional problems and go on to lead extraordinary lives. The reason Covey’s 7 Habits have drawn so much praise and have been adopted by so many is also simple: they work. If you’re in need of life-changing advice, grab a copy. If you haven’t already, that is.

Talent is Overrated

What does it take to be great? As Geoff Colvin explains, greatness doesn’t come from DNA, but rather from practice and perseverance honed over decades. And it’s not just plain old hard work, either, but rather a very specific kind of work. The key is how you practice, how you analyze your results, and  how learn from your mistakes. This practical guide will change the way you think about your job and career — and will inspire you to achieve more in all you do.

See Doug Conant’s complete reading list here.

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