Top 10 Excellent Books on Personnel Excellence

Lean Six Sigma is all about Business Excellence, isn’t it? How about personal excellence? Would you like to develop Personal Excellence and contribute to the organizational Excellence?

Here a list of books on Personal Excellence and I have collected them with inputs some wonderful Professionals from the Lean Six Sigma Community.

  • 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey 

Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written. There are critical lessons about the habits of successful people that will enrich your life’s experience. And, it’s in an interactive format that makes it easy for you to learn and apply Dr. Covey’s habits of successful people.

What are the habits of successful people? Here , they are :


  • Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win
  • Habit 5: Seek First To Understand Then Be Understood
  • Habit 6: Synergize
  • Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw

*An excellent book for sure.

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

In this book, Malcom says that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the distinctive experiences of their upbringing.
Along the way he reveals the secrets of software billionaires like Bill Gates, why you’ve never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, why Asians are good at math, what made the Beatles the greatest rock band and, why, when it comes to plane crashes, where the pilots are from matters as much as how well they are trained.
The lives of outliers follow a peculiar and unexpected logic, and in uncovering that logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating blueprint for making the most of human potential–one that transforms the way we understand success.

  • You can win by Shiv Khera

There are no shortcut to success, inspiration and motivation are needed as much as hard work to be successful in life is how Shiv Khera put it in You Can Win. The core of this book is about improvising ones though processes by gaining from ancient wisdom and modern philosophy. Using both traditional and modern day concepts and ideologies, one can easily sort out their daily life problems with simple yet effective solutions.

This simple yet power step-by-step guide has the ability to transform dark negative thoughts into positive ones that can help to attain balance and the right attitude for life. To attain success, besides a driving ambition and action in life, the book advances seven steps towards positive thinking that will have a winning edge.

Shiv Khera lays much emphasis on steps to build confidence, turning weaknesses into strength, gaining credibility by doing the right things and take charge over things instead of them taking control of your life. After following the seven steps to positive thinking, you will be able to attain mutual trust and respect from people near you says the author, plus, slowly all the barriers to your accomplishment will also start fading with your ‘never say die’ attitude.

For those suffering from low esteem, lack confidence in themselves or are inflicted with inferiority complex, this is a must possess book.

  • One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard  and Spencer Johnson 

The book teaches you one-minute management to save time and increase your productivity whether it be in your business, your home or even managing your children.
You will learn to use three easy-to-master management techniques that have already changed the lives of millions:
One Minute Goal Setting
One Minute Praising
One Minute Reprimands 

Written in a very simple manner, the secrets of one-minute management will help you boost profits, productivity and purpose immediately.

  • Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard Koch

This book is a nice, simple discussion on how one can carefully and thoughtfully eradicate wasted time and low-value added activities and focus one’s time on things that really matter to you and make you truly happy. The books shows how the 80/20 principle (Pareto’s principle) which we apply in business can be applied to real life to reap excellent benefits.

  • The Black Swan: The Impact Of The Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It is a book that focuses on what has now come to be known as the Black Swan Theory. Through many examples, the author aims to show his readers how rare and unpredictable events have a deep and lasting impact on a person’s life. Human beings tend to try and rationalise such happenings almost immediately after they happen. This is an almost impossible task since such events are based on chance. A number of other topics, which relate to aesthetics, ways of life, knowledge and much more, have been discussed in this book.

This book has been written with the intent of showing you the kind of impression events like these can have on a life. It also stresses on the fact that instead of trying to predict everything that happens in our life, we should embrace uncertainty and make the most of it.

  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triump

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism (patience), the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.

If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages.

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit.

The asuthor shares fascinating new disclosures about who succeeds in life and why. Based on her cutting-edge research, Duckworth shows how many people achieve remarkable things not just by relying on innate natural talent, but by practicing what she calls grit. She then offers a Grit Formula to help anyone to become more gritty, focusing on six key factors: hope, effort, precision, passion, ritual and prioritisation.

She reveals:

– Why people who test high for talent often fail to achieve their potential, and why people who do not test high for talent often “overachieve” what others expect them to do
– How grit can be learned, whatever your IQ or circumstances
– Why stubbornness is a key characteristic of gritty people
– When to be stubborn and when giving up is the grittiest thing you can do
– How gritty people found their passion, and you can find yours
– How gritty experts practise, and how you can do the same in your own life
– What the people who care about you can do to boost your grit when you need it most
– How grit is cultivated in the highest-performing sports teams, companies and schools

  • Peak by Anders Ericson and  Robert Pool 

The author says that learning new skills doesn’t need to be a very difficult task. Musical geniuses, sports stars and leading scientists acquire their special abilities through training – and all of us can do the same.

Peak shows that success simply requires the right kind of practice and offers essential advice on setting goals, receiving guidance and motivating ourselves. The amazing stories prove that whether we’re at work or at school, in the music room or on the sports field, we can master almost anything. It Demolishes a lot of myths regarding top performers and performances.

  • If better is Possible.. – By John Buchanan :

The book shows how business managers and coaches at all levels can lead their teams to greatness. It discovers in detail what it takes to build and sustain championship teams. Written as a series of  essays, If Better is Possible offers guidance on making important and life-changing choices, creating a culture of success, gaining mental toughness, using systems and processes to achieve a winning advantage, providing leadership opportunities and matching competitor’s ideas. It presents valuable insights into the strategic thinking behind leading an elite team. Created by the inspiring story of how the Australian Cricket Team, under John Buchanan’s guidance, became invincible. The team won a record sixteen consecutive Test matches across six series and four countries. It won two World Cups and successfully retaining the Ashes. John Buchanan’s If Better is Possible divulges the strategies he used to take the Australian Cricket Team to the top of their game and keep them there.

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