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Michael Voss's Top Book Recommendations

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective) and a friend of Tom Sawyer. It is a... more

Walter IsaacsonRead [this book]. (Source)

Richard BransonToday is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime. (Source)

Michael VossI enjoy nearly everything Mark Twain ever wrote, but my favorite is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel showcases Twain at the top of his game in terms of acerbic wit, sharp societal observations and the use of regional dialects - for which he initially garnered great criticism, before the passage of time enabled critics to understand and acknowledge its authenticity. (Source)

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B.S., Incorporated

Business Solutions, Inc. is falling apart at the seams. While employees kill time stalking free snacks and filming porn in the HQ stairwells, the company’s co-CEOs bring in shadowy corporate consultants to shake up their business in ways even they don’t understand.

As the communications manager tasked with translating C-suite doublespeak, Will Evans is constantly torn between his blue-collar warehouse past and his white-collar future. When he is put in charge of rolling out a dubious strategy the consultants brand Optelligence, Will is thrust deep into a muddle of absurdity and...

Jennifer RockI'd be foolish not to say B.S., Incorporated - the novel I coauthored with Mike! We wrote a fictional workplace story using some of our best, ridiculous and most heartfelt stories about our experiences in corporate America. The early interest and critical acclaim of our book gave us the courage to focus on our career dreams and start our own communications agency. (Source)

Michael VossB.S., Incorporated ranks right near the top, as well, for all the reasons Jennifer pointed out. (Source)

Matt KramerFunny as hell, with sharp observations and cunning insights. It reads like the best happy-hour story you've ever heard. (Source)

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With an easy command of history, philosophy and current affairs, 'The Future of Freedom' calls for a restoration of the balance between liberty and democracy, and shows how liberal democracy has to be made effective and relevant for our time. less
Recommended by Michael Voss, and 1 others.

Michael VossI was the head of internal communications for a Fortune 50 company that had just begun to expand internationally when I read The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria. This gripping historical analysis provided tremendous insight on the geopolitical forces shaping our world, and opened my eyes to the tremendous risks and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses operating on a global scale. (Source)

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The Leadership Solution

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Michael VossThe Leadership Solution by Jim Shaffer does a terrific job outlining the importance of leadership communication in organizations of all types and sizes, with common-sense steps to help any communicator bring it to life. (Source)

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Why Business People Speak Like Idiots

A Bullfighter's Guide

If you think you smell something at work, there's probably good reason--"bull" has become the official language of business. Every day, we get bombarded by an endless stream of filtered, antiseptic, jargon-filled corporate speak, all of which makes it harder to get heard, harder to be authentic, and definitely harder to have fun.
But it doesn't have to be that way. The team that brought you the Clio Award-winning Bullfighter software is back with an entertaining, bare-knuckled guide to talking straight--for those who want to climb the corporate ladder, but...
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Michael VossWhy Business People Speak Like Idiots by Brian Fugere and Chelsea Hardaway is a fun, light read with some terrific observations about why business professionals fall into the trap of using jargon and acronyms when trying to communicate. (Source)

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

The 20th anniversary edition of Now, Discover Your Strengths comes with an access code to the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. This updated assessment includes reports and resources that go far beyond the standardized reports of the older assessment by providing you with personalized insight statements unique to your specific combination of strengths.


The original publication of Now, Discover Your Strengths in 2001 launched a worldwide strengths revolution. To date, more than 20 million people have discovered their strengths, and tens of...

Sheryl SandbergThis book has been instrumental in how we think about developing talent at Facebook. (Source)

Michael VossNow Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton gave me the gift of self-awareness. Not only in how I come across to other people, but also in terms of my own intrinsic motivations and why I gravitate to - and perform well in - certain types of work. I still refer to the book on occasion and brush up on my top talent themes, nearly 15 years after first reading it. (Source)

Michael WoodwardAll big ideas, dreams, and careers filled with fulfillment start with a simple journey of understanding yourself. Having a foundation of self identity and understanding yourself is critical on a successful career. Strength Finder is an amazing tool to help you on that journey of understanding yourself. The book is easy to understand and gives you valuable information and insights into... (Source)

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