Proposed books

As CEO Clubs Int'l is a firm supporter of continuous learning, we asked the Members to suggest some books that have in one way or another influenced their way of thinking and their personal and professional life throughout the years. Books of any genre, that they highly recommend all leaders to read!

“Spreading knowledge in every part of Romania and to everybody, is a key goal for CEO Clubs International. Recommendation is the number one reason we all buy books and this is what we are here for. CEO Clubs is an organization that promotes learning and exchanging ideas between members, and hence the idea of ​​a special project dedicated to knowledge, through promoting outstanding books, read and recommended by the members. Be it business or literature, each of us has read books that have influenced our personal and professional development. These are milestones that we look back at every time we feel the need, and that often influence positively our present and future actions. I’d like to thank Carturesti for being so open minded and progressive. No wonder why they are so successful.” says Sotiris Chatzidakis, CEO Clubs Int’l Executive VP.       

The suggested book titles can be found in Carturesti bookstores across Romania, on a special "CEO Clubs Suggested Reading" shelf. Also, HERE is the link to purchase the books online.

Member Suggested Books Member's Opinion about the Book
Sotiris Chatzidakis "What got you here won't get you there", Marshal Goldsmith “Like winning too much or adding toο much value? Passing judgment? Making destructive comments? Starting your sentences with “No”, “But”, or “However”? Making excuses? Not listening? Marshal Goldman talks about the Twenty Habits That Hold You Back from the Top. A must read for any CEO.”    
Sotiris Chatzidakis "The 5th discipline of Learning Organizations", Peter M. Senge “Learning Organizations are possible because, deep down, we are all learners. No one has to teach an infant to learn. (…) They are intrinsically inquisitive, masterful learners who learn to walk, speak and pretty much run their households all on their own. Learning organizations are possible because not only it is our nature to learn but we love to learn.” Peter M. Senge says it all. 
Sotiris Chatzidakis "History of the Peloponnesian War" (2 volumes), Thucydides “Who do you think invented imperialism? Think again! This book, written from the greatest ancient Greek historian, proves how history repeats itself. Amazing Cambridge edition, very close to the original.”
Ovidiu Draghici "How to Win Friends and Influence People", Dale Carnegie It is a very good book as Dale Carnegie goes always to his father example – poor Irish immigrant arrived in America working as waiter and ending up as the king of steel, donating 1 mil USD per day for science and charity. It speaks about the minor things that make a big difference in your relations (personal and professional) – look in other's eyes, remember peoples' names and say them as often as possible, motivate people and praise their efforts and so on. It even gives you concrete steps to be followed and ways to track your progress. It seemed to me a very encouraging and motivating lecture.
Cristian Bilan “Clash Of Civilizations”, Samuel Huntington:  It helped me understand the bigger picture,how civilizations evolved, current world balance,future trends and ultimately how this is impacting economies and culture at all levels.
Cristian Bilan "Leading Change", John.P.Kotter  A great book talking about a continuously changing and accelerating environment and about how leaders should put the own change process in a larger economic and social context.
Jan Stefan Scheld "Mai romani decat romanii – de ce se indragostesc strainii de Romania", Sandra Pralong The book is a collection of personal histories and success stories of people who came from abroad and now chose to or happen to live successfully and happily in Romania. It is personal, encouraging, touching and refreshing to see all of these positive personal examples and learnings, from which both Romanians and expatriates can benefit
Jan Stefan Scheld "Quiet”, Susan Cain The power of introverts in a world that cant stop talking.  This book  - written by an American author – explains why extroverts have typically been in a more powerful position in America. Introverts have even been considered as somehow handicapped and inappropriate for many positions. The book gives many examples of the unique abilities of introverts and how they can learn to leverage their strengths.
Octavian Oancea "Tehnici de abordare telefonica in vanzari", Stephan Schiffman As a young employee in my very first assignment as a sales engineer at "Promex SA" Braila - the same company that my father worked few years back - I was least prepared to sell anything, giving the education I was receiving so far - diplomat engineer with a master in biotechnology. I remember meeting the first time the GM of the company at that time who wanted to see the student from Bucharest coming to Braila for a job. He was very severe then, I taught, but it turned up to be quite the opposite, for me at least. Mr. Victor Marica became my first career mentor, often talking to me about strategies and execution, giving me real life examples of success and failures, things from which we both learned. So, because I was not really a salesman, the first book that Mr. Marica sent it to me to read was the sales techniques.                                                                                                                                                                                                       I recommend this book to any salesman at the beginning of his/her career. If you are terrified about the so called "cold call" then this is the book you should start with. I would go further and recommend the book also for the phone etiquette, even if you are experienced salesperson, you still can learn a thing or two about politeness, persuasion and energy.
Octavian Oancea "Happy Money", Elizabeth Dunn I find this book easy to read and full of things to learn. It also resonates with my believes, one of which is that you don't need to have a load of money to be happy and if you have lots of money it's not a given that you will become carefree and happy. If you have lots of money or you struggle from one paycheck to another, you may find this book helpful because it's giving you leverage. More and more we dive in this consumerism society where you learn that you should purchase things to make yourself happy, however most of the people would find that spending more time with loved ones than in front of the TV would make them happy, also spending less time in traffic from and to work everyday will do the same.                                                                                                                       This is far a pure fiction book, it has solid research to sustain it. Bottom-line is that you should read this book if you are ready to make some changes, not major ones. That is if you want to make yourself happier.
Dan Zamonea "Made in America", Sam Walton Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world.  The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements.  Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream. 
Dan Zamonea "An Autobiography", Iacocca He’s an American legend, a straight-shooting businessman who brought Chrysler back from the brink and in the process became a media celebrity, news maker, and a man many had urged to run for president.The son of Italian immigrants, Lee Iacocca rose spectacularly through the ranks of Ford Motor Company to become its president, only to be toppled eight years later in a power play that should have shattered him. But Lee Iacocca didn’t get mad, he got even. He led a battle for Chrysler’s survival that made his name a symbol of integrity, know-how, and guts for millions of Americans.
Dan Zamonea "Peter the great", Aleksei Tolstoi The myth of Peter the Great as a progressive ruler who made Russia strong, while also having a heart for the people.
Adrian Grecu "Multipliers", Liz Wiseman Multipliers is one of the best leadership books of our recent years. Liz with her assistant succeded to very well determine and frame the key qualities a leader has to posses in order to develop other leaders. They support their case with excellent research done on real-life leaders, with relevant stories and offer great advice on how we can get better on these abilities. The beauty of the book resides on the fact that it helps you understand that there is a very fine line between multipliers and diminishers in organizations. Both groups share many qualities, but there are just a few subtle abilities that are making a huge difference between a multiplier and a diminisher. I highly recommend the book to any leader that gets the job done through other people.
Tudor Trita "Emotiile distructive. Cum le putem depasi? Dialog stiintific cu Dalai Lama", Daniel Goleman Daniel Goleman builds an incredible bridge between the western, scientific perspective about mind and the Buddhist perspective. A dialog book, which opened for me a path to introspection and appetite to read more about this subject.
Tudor Trita "Arta razboiului", Sun Tzu In my opinion a basic book for any manager. Written 2500 ears ago, it is untouched by the flow of time. It may seem like a book about war, but if we patiently decode the archaic and somehow poetic language and translate to modern management terminology, we will find concept such as SWOT, cooperation, competition, governance. It is a book that will be still actual at least 1000 year from now.
Tudor Trita "Ghidul autostopistului galactic", Douglas Adams Humorous Science Fiction books are very rare. Probably Douglas Adams has set a very high standard, hard to compete with. It is a must read for anyone who wants to know about the magic of 42, the three intelligent species on Earth and the message of God toward His Creation.
Kostas Loukas "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable", Nassim Taleb I found Nassim Taleb’s main idea very strong and evident. More often than generally expected, improbable things of a very large scale happen: markets crash, countries dissolve into anarchy, wars start, unknown authors become famous. His secondary derived idea is equally interesting: people, especially experts, are generally biased, overconfident, and rationalize past event so they appear deterministic. Looking around in my business life I found numerous examples that confirmed the author’s view. The book helped me formulate my own approach on understanding risk and looking past biases. Finally, despite the technical language in certain chapters, this book is particularly enjoyable and humorous so it strikes a good combination of fun and knowledge.
Crinu Andanut "The circle of innovation.You can't shrink your way to greatness", Tom Peters Oamenii creativi, cum este Tom Peters, sunt diferiti de noi, ceilalti.El ia o idee si o transforma in ceva special, lucru care nu este la indemnana oricui. Transforma organizatii de invatare in organizatii de uitare, managementul de tranzit intr-un exercitiu de  distrugere, menajerele de hotel in sculpturi de-ale lui MIchelangelo.
Teodor Blidarus "Winning", Jack Welch  It made me understand that my thoughts and ideas about business and people are not only mine, but are also shared by others.
Teodor Blidarus "The leadership pipleline", Ram Charan It made me understand better the people that I lead and the challenges that they are facing.
Teodor Blidarus "The 7 habbits of highly effective people", Stephen Covey It helped me obtain a better mix of business and personal life.
Stefan Einfalt “The Wisdom of Psychopaths”, Kevin Dutton A very fascinating piece that scientifically and convincingly proofs that business leaders and psychopaths share a common mindset.
Stefan Einfalt “The Swarm”, Frank Schätzing A dark vision of what might be planet earths’ reaction on us continuing to treat it like we do.
Stefan Einfalt “Die Verteidigung der Missionarsstellung”, Wolf Haas Has been called “the most witty love story since Johann Wolfgang v. Goethes “Werther”.
Gian Sharp "Watership Down", Richard Adams This is penguin publishers best selling book of all time. I read it when I was kid and have fond memories of a world were rabbits could not only talk to each other but love, speak poetry and have a great sense of purpose in what they did. The book resonates the fact that in life you achieve far more working as a team than going it alone. On top of that I always see rabbits and think of them in this world !
Gian Sharp "Atlas shrugged", Ayn Rand This book by virtue of the fact is the second most read in the USA after the bible tells you something.                                                                                         To me the book captures so many areas that we should never lose sight of in business or life in general. If you do something and you want to succeed you must apply every ounce of strength, passion and commitment to see it come through, plain and simple. The other area that I like was the fact that the two main characters never moved away from the principles they believed in life despite enormous pressure from every aspect of their lives, family, politics internal resistance fought against them and they moved forward with their beliefs.
Gian Sharp "The Alchemist", Paulo Coelho This story moved in many ways, at the time I gave copies to a lot of people. The key message that I took from this was that we all need a long journey in life to really step back and look at what we are or what we have become. We are often so consumed in the day to day way of life that we miss the magic of who we are. To get to your core you must take yourself far away from who you are on a day to day basis, become a person who has no material possessions, who has no preconceived perceptions on people and get out and take a journey, visit a place you don’t want to see and challenge yourself on that journey. Take a least a week of your life doing this every few years and you will see things and learn things no one else can teach you because ultimately experience is the greatest mentor in life.
Gabriel Pantelimon "Steve Jobs", Walter Issacson Numele lui Steve Jobs sta alaturi de cel al lui Jack Welch si a altor leaderi vizionari din business si ramane si dupa disparitia persoanei, sinonim cu creativitatea, inovatia, ambitia si munca sustinuta pentru o idée si o viziune. Biografia autorizata scrisa de Walter Isaacson ne dezvaluie multe dintre chipurile lui Steve Jobs, inclusiv metode de management si leadership mai putin prezente in teoria de specialitate, ba dimpotriva, de nefolosit in mod normal. Raman insa faptele: crearea unei companii care a schimbat modul in care comunicam si avem acces la continut digital si care este numarul 1 mondial si in 2012 si in 2013, din punct de vedere al valorii brand-ului.
Gabriel Pantelimon "The Art of Possibility", Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander A meeting with Benjamin Zander during one of his motivational speeches will definitely change the view on life even of the most  pessimistic person. The book is a combination of Rosamund Zander’s talent to create new paradigms for professional and personal development and Benjamin’s dynamism as a conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Life events are more than they seem or defined by the surrounding environment/system and there are endless possibilities to discover and follow. When you fail just say “How fascinating!” take it as it is, just another happening in your life and start again for new possibilities. 
Gabriel Pantelimon "Leadership in era incertitudinii economice", Ram Charan Un indrumar practic si foarte folositor pentru abordarea crizei economice, din pozitia de leader al unei organizatii. S-a tot vorbit ca in Romania nu ne-am confruntat pana in anul 2009 cu o asemenea criza, mai ales dupa ani de crestere economica sustinuta. Multi leaderi de organizatii s-au vazut intr-o pozitie dificila, nestiind sa actioneze altfel decat o facusera in perioadele de boom economic. Cei care au imbratisat rapid ideea de schimbare si totodata nu au umblat la valorile de baza ale companiilor pe care le conduceau, au reusit sa se adapteze si sa se mentina sau chiar sa creasca intr-o perioada dificila. Cartea lui Ram Charan, ramane valabila si acum, cand revenirea economica este mai lenta decat ne-am dori.
Lucian Anghel "The power of Now", Eckart Tole The concept presented by Eckart Tole that will change your life and the quality of living, a philosophical perspective of the present. A reference book.
Lucian Anghel "Blue Ocean Strategy", Rene Kim & Maugbourne The new way of doing modern business. A strategy applied by the most successful companies, Apple, Cirque du Soleil, Yellow Tail are just a few examples.
Lucian Anghel "To have and to have not", Ernst Hemingway A journey into emotions and adventure. A book that transfer the reader into the scenery and allow him to take part at the journey. Captivating, evocative , a book that worth to be discovered at leisure.
Catalin Tufan "Afaceri cladite sa dureze", Jim Collins & Jerry Porras
I assume the book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras is a basic lecture for any CEO or entrepreneur willing to understand either the essentials of the business he is running, or the available alternatives for converting the arising opportunities in genuine sources of competitive advantage. The book emphasizes, by using the power of example, a comprehensive analysis of the key differentiators of successful businesses, providing, as well, the necessary leverage in order to build a sustainable managerial vision for the top management of any contemporary organization.
Catalin Tufan "Pescarusul", Richard Bach I recommend the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, as a metaphor for man’s inner struggle to overcome his condition and to achieve the highest self-development level. The book is a modern parable, full of meanings, which motivates the individuals to act accordingly to their desire to become better, defying both the conformism and the current restrictions of the origin environment, and encouraging the feelings of freedom, autonomy, and perseverance, in what is meant to be a genuine life lesson. 
Kostas Loukas "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?", Michael Sandel  
Kostas Loukas "The soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness", Deepak Chopra  
Alin Gorga "The one minute manager: meet the monkey" Kenneth H. Blanchard, William Oncken, Hal Burrows  
Dan Stefan "12: The Elements of Great Managing", Rodd Wagner  and James K. Harter  
Dan Stefan "To sell is human", Daniel Pink  
Dan Stefan "Influence", R. Cialdini  
Adrian Grecu "Good boss, bad boss", Robert Sutton  
Adrian Grecu "Good to Great", Jim Collins  
Robert Maxim "Why nations fail : The origins of Power, Prosperity and poverty", Daron Acemoglu  
Robert Maxim "The science of intimate relationships", Garth Fletcher  
Radu Manolescu "Blue ocean strategy", W. Kim  
Radu Manolescu "Transition Management", M. Watkins  
Dan Bulucea "The wisdom of crowds", James Surowiecki  
Dan Bulucea "Blink", Malcolm Gladwell  
Dan Bulucea "Moving mountains", Reinhold Messner  
Catalin Putineanu "First, Break all the rules", Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman  
Catalin Putineanu "SuperFreakonomics", Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner  
Catalin Putineanu "De ce e Romania altfel", Lucian Boia  
Lucian Georgescu "Romania borderland of Europe", Lucian Boia  
Lucian Georgescu "On writing", Stephen King  
Lucian Georgescu "Meditatia si viata cotidiana", Geshe Rabten  
Gabriela Dan "The Master and Margerita", Mikhail Bulgakov  
Gabriela Dan "Exercises of love", Gabriela Dan  
Crinu Andanut "Leasdership in era incertitudinii economice", Ram Charam  
Crinu Andanut "Executia - disciplina de a duce lucrurile la bun sfarsit", Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan  
Sotiris Chatzidakis “Connected", Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler Think it’s all about who you know? It is. But not in the way you think. 
Turns out your colleague’s husband’s sister can make you fat, even if you’ve never met. And a happy friend affects your happiness more than a bigger income. It turns out our connections – our (real, not Facebook) friends, our friends’ friends, even our friend’s friend’s friends – have an astonishing influence on our behaviors, beliefs an even health.
In this brilliantly original exploration of the true influence of one another, pre-eminent social scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler reveal the intriguing and often startling implications of social networks on our personal relationships, as well as our society as a whole.
Sotiris Chatzidakis "The Art of War", Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is probably the earliest-known and most influential treatise on war and military science. Essential reading for strategists in the East since ancient times, it is thought that Napoleon read The Art of War when a new edition was published in Paris in 1782.

In times that the markets look more and more like battlefields, this is an essential reading for the leaders who know or want to excel in tactics. Here are 6 principles projecting how Sun Tzu’s strategies can help in business and other areas:

To win without fighting and thus achieve the objective without destroying it.
To avoid strength and attack weakness, always striking the enemy where they are most vulnerable.
The use of deception and foreknowledge – that is, winning the information war.
Preparation and speed, moving swiftly to overcome all resistance.
Shaping the enemy by making them meet you at a time and place of your choosing.
Character-based leadership, or leading by example.

Sotiris Chatzidakis "The Next 100 years", George Friedman A fascinating, eye-opening and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the U.S. and the world from one of our most incisive futurists.
 
In his thought-provoking new book, George Friedman, founder of STRATFOR and Geopolitical Features, focuses on what he knows best, the future. Positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, he offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century all based on his own thorough analysis and research. For example, The U.S. - Jihadist war will be replaced by a new cold war with Russia; China’s role as a world power will diminish; Mexico will become an important force on the geopolitical stage; and new technologies and cultural trends will radically alter the way we live (and fight wars). Riveting reading from first to last, The Next 100 Years is a fascinating exploration of what the future holds for all of us.
 
A good read before our October Circle. Published a few years back, some scenarios are already coming true. Check out what the predictions for Romania and the region are, how he sees the war with jihad (in 2009!) and many more hot topics of today. If nothing else, this book gives us a different view of how to see history and translate the signs around us. Easy to read, will give you a great time reading it.