Add These Books to Your Reading List

Paul V. Arnold, Noria Corporation
Tags: industrial lubricants

Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, two fellow writers from my home state of Wisconsin, recently published a book titled “100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You” (Portfolio, $25.95).

The 304-page hardcover examines the books that the authors believe are the most pertinent for today’s business-minded professional (any manager, from the plant floor to the board room) and deliver the biggest informational and monetary payoff.

Of the literally tens of thousands of business books out there, the authors came up with a top-100 list, and then set out to review and distill the essence of each one. This power list includes traditional titles found on many maintenance and reliability leaders’ bookshelves: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey; “Good to Great” by Jim Collins; “In Search of Excellence” by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr.; “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox; “The Knowing-Doing Gap” by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton; and “The Essential Drucker” by Peter Drucker.

It also includes non-traditional titles such as: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis.

You’ll find several of these “top 100” books (unfortunately, not Dr. Seuss) on the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals’ recommended reading list for members planning to take the Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional exam.

After perusing the Covert-Sattersten list, I peered over the top of my computer screen and glanced at the overstuffed bookshelf that takes up one wall of my office. My eyes were drawn to several books that were memorable reads and provided an immense amount of takeaways. Therefore, I thought I’d use this column to share five of my favorite “business”-related books with you.

Examine your own bookshelf and let me know which books have been most helpful in your role as an M&R pro. E-mail your “best books” list to me at

- Paul V. Arnold, editor-in-chief