Reading List

leapersSuccess and effective execution take more than setting a goal and a positive attitude. You need a systematic, teachable way of proceeding. The Improvement Kata is a methodical way of overcoming obstacles on the way to a challenging objective. It's learned through practice.

This reading list is divided into two topics:

  1. Books about a systematic way (pattern, routine, kata) of thinking and operating that is effective for making progress in dynamic and unpredictable conditions
  2. Books about how to teach and learn new ways through deliberate practice, usually with coaching input.

We'll keep adding to this list as we come across other books about management kata, improvement kata, learning kata and how to practice them.

Books for routines and skills for moving forward in dynamic and unpredictable conditions.

Toyota Kata

Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results
by Mike Rother

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Managing to Learn: Using the A3 management process
by John Shook

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Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
by Jim Collins

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Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking
by Roger L. Martin

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Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters
by Richard P. Rumelt

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Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
by Jonathan Fields

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
by Martin E. P. Seligman

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The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change
by Matthew E. May

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The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries

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The Myths of Innovation
by Scott Berkun

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Books for teaching and acquiring skills through deliberate practice.

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

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Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge: In Traditional Martial Arts
by Michael Rosenbaum

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You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and Practices
by Swen Nater

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Behind the Japanese Bo
by Boye Lafayette De Mente

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Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from EverybodyElse
by Geoffrey Colvin

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Mel Bay Ricardo Iznaola on Practicing: A Manual for Students of Guitar Performance
by Ricardo Iznaola

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Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)
by Robert Kegan

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Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
by Sharon Begley

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Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware (Pragmatic Programmers
by Andrew Hunt

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The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
by K. Anders Ericsson

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