Library - book reviews

This section of Marginalia on Engagement lists the books that Gloria Lombardi reads and reviews. It's intended to be a collection of material for Marginalia on Engagement's readers interested in the following topics: digital transformation, innovation, internal communications, the future of work, social media, social business, employee engagement, new technology, and leadership.

While some books served as an inspiration for posts (you will find them mentioned on this site), other manuals have been reviewed in detail (just follow the links to read the full reviews).


  • Auditing Organizational Communication (edited by Owen Hargie and Dennis Tourish)

  • Built to Serve: How to Drive the Bottom Line with People-First Practices (by Dan Sanders)

  • Death by Meeting. A Leadership Fable (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • EmployeesFirst, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down (by Vineet Nayar)

  • Gower Handbook of Internal Communication (edited by Marc Wright)

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (by Dale Cornegie)

  • HyperThinking. Creating a New Mindset for the Age of Networks (by Philip Weiss)

  • International Communications Strategy. Developments in cross-cultural communications, PR and social media (by Silvia CambiĆ© and Yang-May Ooi)

  • Making the Connections. Using Internal Communication to Turn Strategy into Action (by Bill Quirke)

  • Now Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People you Manage (by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton)

  • Organisational behaviour: Individuals, Groups and Organisation (by Ian Brooks)

  • Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (by Susan Cain)

  • Rethinking Reputation: How PR trumps marketing and advertising in the new media world (by Fraser P. Seitel and John Doorley)

  • Self-confidence: The remerkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference (by Paul McGee)

  • Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. A Leadership Fable (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • The Action-Centred Leader (by J. Adair)

  • The Advantage: Why Organisational Health Trumps Everything in Business (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • The Art of Good Leadership (by Katsuhiko Egughi)

  • The Business Environment (by P. Wetherly and D. Otter)

  • The CEO: Chief Engagement Officer. Turning Hierarchy Upside Down to Drive Performance (by John Smythe)

  • The Entrepreneur Within (by Brian Chernett)

  • The Five Disfunctions of a Team. A Leadership Fable (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • The Five Temptations of a Ceo. A Leadership Fable (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work (by Shawn Achor)

  • The Happy Manifesto: Make your organisation a great place to work – now! (by Henry Stewart)

  • The Heart of Success. Making it in business without losing in life (by Rob Parsons)

  • The Living Organization (by W.A. Guillory)

  •  The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way (by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)

  • The Rules of Life. A personal code for living a better, happier, more successful kind of life (by Richard Templar)

  • The Rules of Work (by Richard Templar)

  • The Three Big Questions of a Frantic Family. A Leadership Fable (by Patrick Lencioni)

  • The Velvet Revolution at Work (by John Smythe)  

  • Transform: How Leading Companies Are Winning with Disruptive Social Technology (by Christopher Morace)

  • You Do Not Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted (by Ann McGee-Cooper)

  • Who Moved My Cheese? (by Dr Spencer Johnson)