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 Ex-Johnson Controls CEO Alex A Molinaroli Reveals the Three Business Books That Changed His Life

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FORTUNE MAGAZINE, Alex A Molinaroli, the former CEO of Johnson Controls for 34 years before retiring in 2017, was also previously president at Tyco International; Alex A Molinaroli. When at Johnson Controls, he facilitated the company’s transformation to merging with Tyco International and later led to the expansion of the brand to a quality industrial company.

He shares the three business books that changed his life. These are not just any old books either – these are some of the most influential business texts ever written. He discussed the three business books that have significantly impacted his professional career.

Insight from the former CEO of Johnson Controls, Alex A Molinaroli

He begins by sharing what he believes to be the essential book for anyone looking to understand how a company should operate: “The Goal” by Eliyahu M Goldratt and Jeff Cox. This book teaches readers how setting clear goals is essential if you want your company to succeed – something that Molinaroli learned firsthand as he saw this idea put into action during his time at Johnson Controls.

Next up is “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen, which discusses the reasons why large corporations struggle to keep up with smaller, more nimble competitors.

The final book that had a significant impact on Molinaroli is “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz, which he describes as not just a fantastic business book but also one of the most honest books about what it takes to run and build a startup. It played such an essential role in his life that he could write his book called “Reimagining: Realizing Business Transformation” alongside Jeff Cox, with whom he co-authored “The Goal.”

These three books have impacted him that he even teamed up with one of the authors to write his book called “Reimagining: Realizing Business Transformation.”

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