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Resources and Recommendations

I’m frequently asked for a list of references of books I cite in my trainings or that have influenced my thinking, so I’m posting one here. The list starts of with links to my own books, videos, and articles. My hope is to update it periodically as new things catch my interest, so please check back. question mark



Books by Mario Sikora


Videos by Mario Sikora


Articles by Mario Sikora

Articles on leadership: http://www.awarenesstoaction.com/ataconsulting-blog/?lang=en

Articles on the Enneagram: http://www.awarenesstoaction.com/blog-enneagram-learning-international/?lang=en



Asterisk (*) indicates key readings

Psychology/Cognitive Psychology

  • *Aronson, Elliot and Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
  • *Kahneman, Daniel, Thinking Fast and Slow
  • *Gilovich, Thomas and Lee Ross, The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can Benefit From Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights
  • *Haidt, Jonathan, The Happiness Hypothesis
  • Thaler, Richard, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • Sunstein, Cass, Wiser: Getting Beyond Group Think to Make Groups Smarter
  • Wilson, Timothy, Strangers to Ourselves
  • Hood, Bruce, The Science of Superstition
  • Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, and Beyerstein, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
  • Burton, Robert, On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not
  • Blackmore, Susan, Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human
  • Stanovich, Keith The Robot’s Rebellion


Critical Thinking and Decision Making

  • *Bazerman, Max H., and Dom A. Moore, Judgement in Managerial Decision Making
  • *Gilovich, Thomas, How We Know What Isn’t So
  • Simon, Herbert A., Administrative Behavior: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organizations (4th Edition)
  • March, James G., A Primer on Decision Making: How Decisions Happen
  • Paul, Richard W., and Linda Elder, Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life
  • Dennett, Daniel C., Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
  • Benson and Stangroom, Why Truth Matters
  • Baillargeon, Norman, A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense
  • DiCarlo, Christopher, “How to Become a Really Good Pain in the A**”
  • “Your Logical Fallacy Is” website, yourlogicalfallacyis.com
  • Ellenberg, Jordan, “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.”
  • Pigliucci, Massimo, “Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk.”
  • Mitroff, Ian I., and Warren Bennis, “The Unreality Industry: The Deliberate Manufacturing of Falsehood and What it is Doing to our Lives.”
  • Thompson, Damian, “Counterknowledge: How we surrendered to conspiracy theories, quack medicine, bogus science, and fake history.”
  • Huff, Darrell, “How to Lie With Statistics.”
  • Gardner, Martin, “Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus”


Execution and Managerial Effectiveness

  • *Bossidy, Larry, and Ram Charan, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
  • *Drucker, Peter F., The Effective Executive
  • *Drucker, Peter F., Managing Oneself
  • *Drucker, Peter F., The Essential Drucker
  • McChesney, Chris, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling, The Four Disciplines of Execution
  • Newport, Cal, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Work in a Distracted World
  • Harvard Business Review, The Manager’s Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out
  • Hill, Linda A., Becoming A Manager: Mastery of a New Identity
  • Jaques, Elliot, Requisite Organization: A Total System for Effective Managerial Organization and Managerial Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Charan, Ram, What the CEO Wants You to Know


Power and Organizational Dynamics

  • *Maccoby, Michael, Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change
  • *Pfeffer, Jeffrey, Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t
  • Toombs, Dennis, Power: Why We Want It and What to Do With It
  • Keltner, Dacher, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
  • McClelland, David C.. Power: The Inner Experience
  • Machiavelli, Niccolo,The Prince


Emotional Intelligence

  • *Grant Halvorson, Heidi, No One Understands You and What to Do About It
  • Krznaric, Roman, Empathy: Why it Matters and How to Get it
  • Bloom, Paul, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion



  • * US Army Leadership Handbook
  • Hedrick, Larry, Editor, Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War
  • Davis, Richard A., The Intangibles of Leadership
  • Charan, Ram, The High-Potential Leader
  • Jaques, Elliot, Executive Leadership: A Practical Guide to Managing Complexity
  • Heifetz, Ronald, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World


Talent Management

  • *Smart, Bradford D., Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win By Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People
  • Lombardo, Michael M., and Robert W. Eichinger, For Your Improvement: A Development and Coaching Guide
  • Conaty, Bill, and Ram Charan, The Talent Masters
  • Fernandez Araoz, Claudio, Great People Decisions: Why They Matter So Much, Why They are So Hard, and How You Can Master Them


Curiosity and Creativity

  • *Langer, Ellen, Mindfulness
  • Watson, Gay, Attention: Beyond Mindfulness
  • Grazer, Brian and Charles Fishman, A Curious Mind
  • Leslie, Ian, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why You Future Depends on It
  • Livio, Mario, Why: What Makes Us Curious
  • Bazerman, Max, The Power of Noticing
  • Klein, Gary, Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
  • Maeda, John The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)



  • *Trompenaars, Fons, and Charles Hampden-Turner, Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business
  • Lewis, Richard D., When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures
  • Hofstede, Geert, and Gert Jan Hofstede, “Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind”
  • Hooker, John,Working Across Cultures
  • Cabrera, Angel, and Gregory Unruh’s Being Global
  • Steves, Rick, “Travel as a Political Act”



  • *Suzuki, Shunryu, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  • *Sagan, Carl, Demon-Haunted World
  • *Angier, Natalie, The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
  • Zinsser, William, On Writing Well
  • KcKeown, Greg, Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Townsend, Heather, Business Networking
  • Shermer, Michael, Why Darwin Matters
  • Gombrich, E.H., A Little History of the World
  • Hazen and Trefil, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy
  • Bynum, William, A Little History of Science
  • Wilson, David Sloan, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives
  • Feynman, Richard, The Character of Physical Law
  • Feynman, Richard, The Meaning of It All
  • Einstein, Albert, Ideas and Opinions
  • Wharburton, Nigel, A Little History of Philosophy
  • Plato, The Republic
  • Blackburn, Simon, Plato’s Republic: Biography of a Book
  • Blackburn, Simon, How to Read Hume
  • Holt, Jim, Why Does the World Exist: An Existential Detective Story
  • Campbell, Joseph, Myths to Live By
  • Prothero, Stephen, Religious Literacy