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 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
Know What Matters: Lesson from a Lifetime of Transformation

by Ron Shaich

Shaich invented the fast-casual dining industry segment as the founder of Panera Bread. The book is a series of practical guidelines that chronicles the journey from the birth of a business through its successful sale. It offers tangible advice for navigating both corporate landscapes and personal challenges.


The book's strength lies in its dual appeal – while it provides a roadmap for business success, emphasizing the importance of empathy, innovation, and leadership, it also resonates deeply on a personal level. Shaich's insights into achieving a balanced and fulfilling life, beyond professional achievements, make the book a valuable read for a wider audience.

Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

This is a comprehensive anthology of Jeff Bezos's writings, providing a window into the mind of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our era. The book primarily compiles Bezos's annual letters to Amazon shareholders, celebrated for their deep insights into the company's customer-centric approach, long-term strategy, and innovative culture. 


The writings cover a diverse range of topics, from business strategies and company culture to broader issues like climate change and space exploration. Bezos's focus on innovation, customer obsession, and maintaining a "Day 1" mindset is evident throughout. His philosophy emphasizes the importance of long-term thinking, risk-taking in the pursuit of innovation, and building a company culture that supports these goals.

 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
Elon Musk

Walter Isaacson

This is a compelling narrative that chronicles the rise of one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in modern technology. Known for his groundbreaking work with SpaceX and Tesla, Musk's journey from a challenging upbringing to becoming a globally recognized innovator is vividly captured in Isaacson's portrayal. 


The biography is not just a tale of achievements; it delves deeply into Musk's controversial management style, his tumultuous personal relationships, and his relentless drive that often borders on obsession. Isaacson's access to Musk over two years has allowed for an intimate and detailed exploration of Musk's life, filled with intriguing anecdotes such as Musk's high-stakes decision-making in SpaceX or his bold visions for Tesla. These stories highlight both his extraordinary capabilities and the human costs of his ambitions.

Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things

Adam Grant

This book offers a thought-provoking reexamination of how we define and achieve success. Grant challenges the conventional wisdom that innate talent is the primary driver of accomplishment, arguing instead that the true measure of success is in the journey and the extent of one's personal growth and learning.

 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others and Being Deeply Seen

David Brooks

COVID tore us apart and many of us saw our ability to connect with others diminish. Brooks gives us the skills to see some­one else deeply and make them feel seen. It is a matter of meeting people where they are in their life and allowing them to share their narrative with you. It will forever change the way you relate to and listen to others.

CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest

Carolyn Dewar
Scott Keller
Vikram Malhotra

This book is a masterclass on what separates the best CEOs from the rest. Three of McKinsey & Company senior partners conducted interviews with 67 high-performing CEOs. They distilled the mindsets and methods CEOs need top succeed in the role. This is required reading for CEOs who aspire to elevate their leadership.

 Liam Chrismer CEO Coach and Business Advisor
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