Recommended (in no particular order)
If you are going to read one book on management then I would highly recommend this one. It will make you seriously reconsider how you communicate with people in both your personal and professional lives. It is a short easy read that I cannot recommend enough. I have developed training programs around this book, and it is one of the few books that I reread on a regular basis.
Walter Isaacson does a wonderful job of capturing the absolute brilliance and all of the shortcomings of Steve Jobs. It it is a very inspiring story. If you need a little motivation to help you chase your dream, then this book will provide it.
If you read this blog regularly, then you are familiar with the author of this book, Greg Blencoe. If you know Greg, then you know he is a pretty smart guy and this book would likely beneficial to you. On top of that, I am telling you that I have read it and found it to be extremely helpful. If you are a new manager, then you need to read this book.
This a good book that can easily be read in an afternoon. Brian Tracy does a masterful job of providing you the motivation and tools to ensure that you are maximizing your efficiency. If you are a chronic procrastinator, then this is the book for you.
Malcolm Gladwell explains the very common connections between truly great people. Won’t change your life, but it is fascinating.
It is a good book for anyone that tends to cram a lot of data onto a PowerPoint Slide. In my opinion, it is a little extreme but I think the author does that intentionally to make a point. I still think that this book is a must read for anyone that presents information with PowerPoint frequently.
I gave this book to my boss one year for Christmas. Was that wrong of me? At any rate, it is a parable type story that offers some tips on how to ensure your meetings are not a complete waste of time. Also makes a great gift.
Another parable type story that focuses on how you can make your office a place that people actually want to be. The story centers around the Fish Market in Seattle and how they have made the very unpleasant job of handling fish into lively and entertaining position that they have a waiting list of applicants for. It may sound far fetched. but I have been to the Fish Market in Seattle and there is a lot to be learned from those fish mongers.
Not exactly a book on management, but if you are a runner or you would like to be a runner then this is a must read book. Also a lot of good marketing lessons in here if you are looking for them.
In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers — and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen — Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider’s perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It’s a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.
The lack of personal accountability has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization-or individual-can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.
The solution involves an entirely new approach. We can no longer ask, “Who dropped the ball?” “Why can’t they do their work properly?” or “Why do we have to go through all these changes?” Instead, every individual has to ask the question behind the question: “How can I improve this situation?” “What can I contribute?” or “How can I make a difference?”
Succinct, insightful, and practical, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change.
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