Warrington alumnus Brandon Harris holds a copy of his book recommendation, It Doesn't Have to be Crazy to Work.
Warrington alumnus Brandon Harris (BABA '16) with his book recommendation, It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work.

Warrington alumni summer reading list suggestions

In addition to recommendations from Warrington faculty and staff, we asked alumni about what books they recommend reading this summer. Check out their selections below and what you’ll get out of reading each.

Harvard Business Review On Managing Yourself book cover HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself 

by Peter F. Drucker, Clayton M. Christensen, Daniel Goleman | Harvard Business Review

“Most MBA professionals manage (or aspire to manage) others as part of their career progression. There are entire libraries available on communication, behavior theory, and little tricks to increase productivity in employees but those all fall short if you can’t properly manage yourself. I believe this collection of HBR articles is essential to any manager as the lessons learned can be applied immediately to how managers can improve their own time management, goal setting, and personal integrity before expecting the same from others. 

Managing others always starts with managing oneself since internal discipline establishes the foundation in which you will use in your dealings with your employees.”

– Rob Oden, MBA ’21, Senior Manager, Cybersecurity Architecture, L3Harris


Shoe Dog by Phil Knight book cover Shoe Dog

By Phil Knight

“Students will better understand entrepreneurship and the grit required to build a company from the ground up. One of the most inspiring business books I’ve ever read. Not only will readers gain a better understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, the principles expressed can be applied as an intrapreneur in any organization.”

– Patrick Claps, BABA ’17, Consultant, Deltek


The 12 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell book cover The 12 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

“This book lists all the different ways on how you can be the best leader and how to apply these practices. The book provides great, concrete examples to better understand the different ‘laws’ of leadership.”

– Jenna Waterous, BSBA ’20, MIB ’21, Sales Executive Representative, Whirlpool


What it Takes book cover What it Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

By Stephen A. Schwarzman

“Here is a story about a man who came from humble beginnings yet turned his dreams into reality. ‘What it Takes’ by Stephen A. Schwarzman is a true story of how a middle-class kid from Philadelphia became the King of Wall Street. From climbing up the corporate ranks at Lehman Brothers to founding the largest private equity company in the world, Blackstone, this book will teach any aspiring entrepreneur what it truly takes to succeed in business and in life.”

– Andy Hidalgo, BA ’19, Co-Founder, Hidalgo Companies


Awesomely Simple by John Spence book cover Awesomely Simple

By John Spence

“I read this book years before working for John! He really makes the principles (and harder concepts) to have a successful life as a leader and businessman very simple. I would recommend this book to anyone in the business field. I even made a PPT for my family in Spanish to explain the book for them. It is that good.”

– Adriana Alises Menendez, MIB ’20, International Operations and Communications Director, John Spence, LLC


It doesn't have to be crazy to work by Jason Fried book cover It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

By Jason Fried

“This book provides excellent advice about how to create a personal work environment/corporate culture that helps avoid the burnout that so many employees end up suffering during their careers. The overall theme is a guide on essentially how to work smarter, not harder in order to run a business better or to reduce employee attrition. So often we only theorize about how to achieve a work-life balance, but the book details amazingly helpful tips and examples to help readers implement that change.”

– Brandon Harris, BABA ’16, Contact & Product Ops Associate, Google


Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki book cover Rich Dad Poor Dad

By Robert Kiyosaki

“It is a great financial planning book and explains good principles for finances and business finances.”

– Samantha Hoover, BSBA ’24


The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger book cover The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

By Bob Iger

“Where you come from does not matter, what you do with the opportunities is all that matters.

There is not a better company in this world to follow from a business perspective than Disney with its acquisitions process. Bob Iger takes us through the decisions that led to buying Pixar (Marvel, Lucas films); lessons he himself learned from other CEOs; his personal habit that makes him successful.”

– Miraal Chhelavda, BABA ’17, Law student

For additional recommendations from alumni and mentors of the Master of Science in Finance program, check out their suggested reading lists