Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/5/17

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Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to reading lists for fall, about selling and about leadership. Let’s start with Michael McKinney’s first look at Leadership Books for October 2017.

From Sharlyn Lauby: Your Fall Business Reading List from #HR Bartender

“Summer is winding down. The kids are back in school. And fall conference season is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I tend to read more fun, lighthearted books during the summer months. Then I break out the business books in the fall. So, I’ve been looking for recommendations for my business book list. Personally, I think I’m off to an awesome start. Here are a few books I have set aside:”

From Michael Bungay Stanier: Phil M. Jones’s Five Essential Books for Understanding Selling

“Phil M. Jones has made it his life’s work to demystify the sales process and reframe what it is to ‘sell.’ His latest book, Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact, is a must-read for anyone in business who is looking to increase their impact and influence. In it, he outlines how to know exactly what to say, when to say it and how to make it count. Phil has trained more than two million people across five continents and over fifty countries in the lost art of spoken communication, so I’m not at all going out on a limb when I say Phil understands the art of selling, and how word choice affects and shapes your ability to persuade.”

From Fast Company: The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

“The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.”

From Rebecca Elvy: 5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader

“There are already lots of ‘Leaders’ Reading Lists’ out there, so I wanted to make sure this was something that would truly be useful to YOU – and more than just a Top 5 list.”

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

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