© 2019 Esbjörn Gerking.

Books that left a mark on Esbjörns Mindset, Approach

and Style. Definitely current must reads!


Servant Leadership, by Robert K. Greenleaf (https://www.greenleaf.org)

Greenleaf invites the reader on a journey into the Nature of Legimate Power & Greatness.


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall B. Rosenberg
If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being...

Riding the creative Rollercoaster, by Nick Udall

Leadership is about creating opportunities for individuals and teams in order to cultivate innovation at all levels of an organization. The only way to shape purposeful, meaningful and successful futures is through innovation. This book turns the current understanding of innovation on its head. It explores how innovation is actually a mindset, not a business led process. 

More Than Miracles, by Steve de Chazer

More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is a ground breaking, intellectually provocative book, revealing new advances in the widely used, evidence based Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach. 



Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-scale Production, by Taichi Ono

n this classic text, Taiichi Ohno--inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing--shares the genius that sets him apart as one of the most disciplined and creative thinkers of our time. Combining his candid insights with a rigorous analysis of Toyota's attempts at Lean production, Ohno's book explains how Lean principles can improve any production endeavor. 

Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth, by John Doer 

The revolutionary movement behind the explosive growth of Intel, Google, Amazon and Uber. 
With a foreword by Larry Page, and contributions from Bono and Bill Gates.


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, by Jeff Sutherland (https://scrumguides.org)Scrum is the revolutionary Approach to project management and team building that has helped to transform everything from software companies to the US military to healthcare in major American hospitals.

The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt

The theory of Constraints changed the way people rethink the way we often do business. It helps to focus on what really matters. 

The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

The 80/20 Principle, by Richard Koch

About 80 percent of a company's profits are generated by 20 percent of its products. 80 percent of sales are generated by business with 20 percent of its customers. There is hardly a rule that has such a comprehensive validity as the 80/20 principle.

//Foresight & Future

Transforming the Future (Open Access): Anticipation in the 21st Century, by Riel Miller

People are using the future to search for better ways to achieve sustainability, inclusiveness, prosperity, well-being and peace. In addition, the way the future is understood and used is changing in almost all domains, from social science to daily life.

//Organizational Culture

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace, by Amy Edmonson

Edmonsons book offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. 

Lean In, by Cheryll Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition.

Reinventing Organizations, by Fredric Laloux

A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness: Reinventing Organizations The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless...


Liberating structures, by Henri Lipmanowicz (http://www.liberatingstructures.com)

Smart leaders know that they would greatly increase productivity and innovation if only they could get everyone fully engaged. So do professors, facilitators and all changemakers. The challenge is how. Liberating Structures are novel, practical and no-nonsense methods to help you accomplish this goal with groups of any size.

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers, by Sunni Brown

Great things don't happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

Appreciative Inquiry, by David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney

Written by the founders of AI, this short, practical guide offers an approach to organizational change based on the possibility of a more positive future.