A bunch of business book reviews: 6/21/16

Jun 21, 2016 | Reading Lists

“Leaders are readers.”

Yep, if you want to do that leading thing well, you need to read. One challenge is sorting through all the “leadership” and other business books to find good ones. This post should help. Here are some pointers to reviews of and excepts from recent leadership (in the broadest sense) books.

In this post I point you to reviews of Grit, The Coaching Habit, and Negotiating the Nonnegotiable.

From the Economist: Character-driven

“FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, a German philosopher, once stated that there was a universal tendency to see success as the result of innate talent, rather than effort. Today it is still common to think of the straight-A pupil as having a “gift” for learning, or of the sports star as miraculously skilful. Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, believes that talent is overrated. More important, she suggests, is a blend of persistence and passion—or “grit”.”

From Mike Haberman: The Coaching Habit: A book review

“As part of my consulting I am often asked “What is the best way to say this?” or “How do I talk to someone?” or even more directly “I need help in being a better coach.” Thus, when I was offered the opportunity to review a book on coaching I accepted.”

From Wharton: ‘Negotiating the Nonnegotiable’ at Work and at Home

“Daniel Shapiro, director and founder of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, has negotiated some of the most challenging conflicts with heads of state, corporate executives and even families.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.