Top 6 Books For Growth-Focused Executives

Conor Donohoe

Many companies realize rapid growth and agile scaling that would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. Strategic digital transformation empowers businesses with the tools they need to empower their people, implement new business models, and expand their reach. Prepare yourself for your organization’s digital transformation initiatives by reading these six books for growth-focused executives.

1. The Lean Startup – How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Constant Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries

This book may be geared specifically at entrepreneurs leading startup businesses, but it does an excellent job of showing how digital transformation leads to success. It also explains the benefits of a validated learning approach, which uses fail-safe methods to improve product development. The mindset shifts presented in this book provide helpful insights for business leaders considering digital transformation.

2. The Digital Transformation Playbook – Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, by David L. Rogers

Are you at the start of your digital transformation journey with a company that doesn’t have a lot of modern infrastructures? This playbook explains the strategic areas that you need to think about when you’re creating the strategy to guide your company into the future. The case studies throughout the book give you real-world examples of how other organizations have made the leap from traditional to modern business models and technology.

3. High Output Management, by Andrew S. Grove

Written by the former president and CEO of Intel, this classic deserves a permanent place on your shelf. Despite writing the first edition in 1983, Andrew S. Grove – credited with driving Silicon Valley’s growth phase, as well as being a mentor to Steve Jobs – has many lessons for the growth-focused executive that hold true today. From treating everything as a process to understanding the relationship between your growth rate and your leverage, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.

4. Scaling Up – How a Few Companies Make It … and Why the Rest Don’t, by Verne Harnish

One of the biggest misconceptions that growth-focused executives can have is that they’re solely responsible for their organization’s growth. You don’t have to go it alone, and Scaling Up explains how to get everyone in the company to contribute to the scaling process. This involves focusing on four main topic areas: people, strategy, execution, and cash. Packed with actionable explanations developed by the author over three decades spent advising tens of thousands of CEOs, Scaling Up is a multi-award-winning revision of Harnish’s best-seller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.

5. Digital to the Core – Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself, by Mark Raskino and Graham Waller

Digital transformation can be overwhelming, even when you think you’re fully prepared for what it entails for your organization. Digital to the Core delves into the subject with interviews with the leaders of, among others, GE, Ford, Tory Burch, Babolat, McDonalds, Publicis, and UK Government Digital Service. You get a lot of practical and actionable advice from executives who have been in your shoes. After you finish this book, you’ll have a firm grasp of how digital transformation impacts you, your organization, and your industry as a whole.

6. The Digital Matrix – New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology, by Venkat Venkatraman

Disruption is waiting around the corner for many industries, and the ones already impacted have changed forever. The goal of The Digital Matrix is to help your company get into a position where it can be the disruptive force in your market. It discusses how to choose the digital ecosystem capable of supporting your digital transformation, how to empower your staff through innovative technology, ways to collaborate with other companies for growth, and the necessary—shifts needed to embrace digital transformation.

High growth and digital transformation go hand in hand. Whether your enterprise is starting to put digital initiatives in place or you’re looking for ways to improve your current strategy, these six books deserve your time and attention.

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Conor Donohoe

About Conor Donohoe

Conor Donohoe is an ERP consultant for SAP S/4HANA Cloud at SAP. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with first-hand experience of how technology can drive business change. Trained in a Big Four accounting firm, he is experienced in advanced analytics and reporting within the professional services, banking, and pharmaceutical industries. Conor comes from the ERP user side, so understands the challenges ERP users can encounter with their systems – and where real gains can be made.