Women in FM

10 Great Books for FM Leaders

During the latest Women in FM panel presentation at NFMT in Baltimore, one of the panelists had developed a great list of books she found particularly helpful in the context of leadership in FM. For those of you who have attended that session in the past, you know there is never enough time and the conversation tends to take on a life of its own, so I never figured out a natural way to broach the topic during the panel. I wanted to post her list here.

10 Great Books for FMs

Compiled by Laurie Gilmer, vice president of facility services, Facility Engineering Associates

1.       Brain Rules, John Medina

2.       Presenting to Win, Jerry Weissman

3.       Now Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

4.       Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

5.       Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

6.       The Pardox of Choice: Why More is Less, Barry Schwartz

7.       Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

8.       Predictably Irrational, Dan Arielly

9.       The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan

10.     Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman


Please add your own suggestions in the comments below. And if you're read any of these books, what did you think of it?

(PS: Please don't feel like you must be a woman to comment on this thread. All bibliophiles welcome!)


  • This list includes a lot of my favorites, and I highly recommend the following:
    The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice, Todd Henry; Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson; The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande.
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