Continuous Reading in this field is vital to stay current. Over the years people have asked me about the most important books in my library. Here are the essentials, books that have been influential and which I continue to consult and work with.
General Business & Management
Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
Gladwell, Malcolm. Tipping Point
Collins, James C. & Porras, Jerry I. Built to Last – The Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Fombrun, Charles J. & Nevins, Mark D. The Advice Business – Essential Tools and Models for Management Consulting (I authored a chapter in this book)
Allen, David. Getting Things Done – How to achieve Stress-Free Productivity
Allen, David. Making it all work – Winning at the Game of Work, and the Business of Life
Reputation Risk Management
Rayner, Jenny. Managing Reputational Risk
Peters, Glen. Waltzing with the Raptors, A Practical Roadmap to Protecting Your Company’s Reputation
Regester, Michael & Larkin, Judy. Risk issues and crisis management: a casebook of best practice.
Gaines – Ross, Dr. Leslie. Corporate Reputation: 12 Steps to Safeguarding and Recovering Reputation
Alsop,Ronald J. The 18 immutable laws of Corporate Reputation – creating, protecting & repairing your most valuable asset
Gaines – Ross, Dr. Leslie. CEO Capital: A Guide to Building CEO Reputation and Success
Fombrun, Charles J. & Van Riel, Cees. Fame & Fortune – How Successful Companies Build Winning Reputations
Fombrun, Charles J. Reputation, Realizing Value from the Corporate Image
Young, Davis. Building your Company’s GOOD NAME – How to create & protect the Reputation Your Organisation Wants and Deserves.
Crisis Management & Crisis Communication
Caponigro, Jeffrey R. The Crisis Counsellor, a Step-by-Step Guide to Managing a Business Crisis.
Baron, Gerald R. Now is too late: Survival in an Era of Instant News
Mitroff, Ian I. & Anagnos, Gus. Managing Crises Before They Happen: What Every Executive and Manager Needs to Know about Crisis Management
Mitroff, Ian I. Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis: 7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster
Barton, Laurence. Crisis Leadership Now – A Real-World Guide to Preparing for Threats, Disaster, Sabotage & Scandal
Meerman Scott, David. The New Rules of Marketing & PR
Neely, Andy; Adams, Chris & Kennerley, Mike. The Performance Prism – The Scorecard for Measuring & Managing Business Success
Svendsen, Ann.The Stakeholder Strategy: Profiting from Collaborative Business Relationships
I also have many other books on PR, NLP, OD, Management Consulting and other business matters- just too many to list.