What’s on Ray’s Bookshelf: EmCare President’s Top 5 Business Books

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2016
What’s on Ray’s Bookshelf: EmCare President’s Top 5 Business Books

By Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE

Those who have worked with me a while know that I’m a business book junkie. I don’t get a lot of free time, but when I do, I’m usually reading the latest business best seller. In fact, I’ve purchased cases of books and given them out to executives to ensure that we’re all on the same page – both literally and figuratively.

A few of you have asked me which books are my favorites, so here’s a quick top 5.

What books have resonated with you? I’m always looking for something new to read, so please use the comment feature on the blog to share your favorites.

Ray Iannaccone

Ray Iannaccone, MD, FACEP, FACHE, is President of EmCare.


Mike Taigman
Out of The Crisis and The New Economics by Deming along with Escape Fire by Don Berwick MD are great additions to your strong list!
8/20/2016 11:35:17 PM

Michael Hicks
Ray's list mirrors mine in terms of fundamental reads. I would add the following: "The Effective Executive" by Peter Drucker and "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" by Stanley McCrystal et al. These two are part of my required leading list for graduate business students interested in leadership and execution.

I just finished reading "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future" by Kevin Kelly. This book summarizes some developments in technology that in some cases are under appreciated or not in the mainstream. It contains some interesting views on how technology is changing the nature of our relationships with each other and with our environments particularly in terms of consumption and distribution of information and services.

While not about health care per se it has led me to reflect on how advances in technology are changing our behaviors and potentially creating opportunities and expectations for how health care services can be delivered and consumed. Mesh networks, aggregation of a multitude of individual data points over time through the Internet of Things combined with machine learning techniques are all discussed. As I read this book I found myself thinking about how these things might lead to a health care delivery system of the future that doesn't look anything like the one we currently have and that may require clinicians with more or different skills than we now possess. Not sure I agree or even fully understand all of the trends but for me it is proving to be thought provoking.
8/17/2016 2:35:20 PM

Ken Duncan
The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability
by Roger Connors

Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference by Quint Studer
8/17/2016 1:26:31 PM

Kim Mills
Thanks for sharing, Dr. Iannaccone! I love The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey which stresses the importance of credibility and competence.
8/17/2016 12:37:22 PM