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BOOK bucket

book bucket


We believe leaders are readers! We create a culture that embraces a healthy appetite for leadership and management books, journals, articles and audio resources. We mentor team members with thoughtfully selected titles and chapters to help them leverage their strengths, grow in their faith and serve others with passion. We don’t just talk about books—we actually read them!


4 BOOK LISTS! Download these PDFs with listings of books and authors featured in Your Weekly Staff Meeting eNews, published by John Pearson. (Updated on Dec. 31, 2022.)

  • List #1: Books by Management Buckets Categories (updated 12/31/2023)

  • List #2Chronological List of 589 Issues of Your Weekly Staff Meeting (updated 12/31/2023)

  • List #3: John Pearson's Top-100 Book List (updated 12/31/2022)*
    Bonus! List #4: Mastering 100 Must-Read Books (published 9/14/2022)

*Note! "List #3" of John's Top-100 books was revised and updated on 12/31/2022, since in September 2022, John and his son, Jason, published a massive 405-page book, Mastering 100 Must-Read Books: Brief Book Reviews on Leadership, Management, Governance, and Life. Visit the webpage to download the table of contents and the hilarious (but serious) introduction. See List #3 to learn the difference between List #3 and List #4.

Download "30 Books to Delegate During This Crisis...and the Next Crisis," a 12-page PDF with links to 30 book reviews by John Pearson (July 1, 2020).

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  • POTUS Pop Quiz Answers! Click here to download the 3-page PDF with the 8-question quiz (and the answers) created from the book, Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump, by Tevi Troy.

WORKSHEET #5.1: "Your Top-100 Books List." Download this Word document and read pages 82-86. Begin today and create your own Top-100 Books List.  Don't borrow heavily from others.  Make this your unique list with memorable book friends that have guided you on your leadership and management journey.  Then mentor others with carefully selected books.

RESOURCE #5.2: "20 Books to Get You Started." Download this list (PDF) of 20 books (one per bucket), as shown on pages 83-85. You will eventually have a different Top-20 list, but this will give you some ideas.

RESOURCE #5.3: "John Pearson's Top-100 Books." (See above.) It's not prescriptive necessarily for anyone else because it reflects John's understanding (at the time) of "what I know I don't know." The list is organized according to the 20 buckets.  The list was updated on December 31, 2022, with new books added (and some dropped!). Note: John has not mastered the Math Bucket, so there may be more than 100 on this list!

John Pearson's Buckets Blog: Hot Thoughts on Management & Leadership is the blog/archives for John's eNewsletter, Your Weekly Staff Meeting, where he has reviewed almost 600 leadership and management books, plus other helpful resources for leaders and managers.

Visit the homepage on this website to begin your complimentary eNewsletter subscription to Your Weekly Staff Meeting. View back issues at the Buckets Blog.

John reviews a book and a bucket in every issue of Your Weekly Staff Meeting emailed to over 1,100  subscribers. This quick-reading resource keeps you in-the-know and helps you stay on top of the latest leadership and management books.

DELEGATE YOUR READING! Ask team members to select a book from the Book Bucket and share a book review at your next staff meeting. Read the Book Bucket chapter for more ideas on why "Leaders Are Readers." For a complete list of all books from all 20 buckets, download List #1 (with books reviewed through Dec. 31 of last year). 

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