A bunch of business book reviews: 8/2/16

Aug 2, 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 Under New Management, Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service, and Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley.

From Michael McKinney: A Leadership Blog: Under New Management

“It is hard to let go of the thinking behind some of the management tools we still use today. Designed for types of work that are no longer prevalent, these systems were designed for another time. David Burkus reports on a number of seemingly radical management ideas in Under New Management. He stresses that we look for the practices that are limiting employees’ potential and eliminating them.”

From Mark Gimein: Mailing It In

“Before the Internet, the telephone, and the telegraph, the U.S. Postal Service revolutionized communications.”

From Wharton: ‘Chaos Monkeys’: A Startup Founder’s Silicon Valley Tell-all

“In a new tell-all book, Antonio Garcia-Martinez uses his experience as a startup founder/CEO of AdGrok, a Facebook product manager, and a twitter advisor to provide readers with a look inside Silicon Valley.”

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.