Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/17/18

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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 reviews of Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People to Love What They Do, How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job, Crack the C-Suite Code: How Successful Leaders Make It to the Top, Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies, and The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About A Most Persuasive Idea.

From Bob Morris: Alive at Work

“In this book, Daniel Cable shares what he has learned from neuroscience that can help leaders to increase the percentage of workers who are alive, ‘who love what they are asked to do.’ Consider this brief passage in the Introduction: ‘Here’s the best part: it may sound crazy, but finding ways to trigger employees’ seeking systems will do more than increase the enthusiasm, motivation, and innovation capabilities of your team. By improving people’s lives, your own work as a leader will become more meaningful, activate your own seeking system. Things will work better for you.’”

From Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith: How Women Can Succeed by Rethinking Old Habits

“Female professionals looking to their next promotion or job should identify the self-limiting behaviors that may stand in the way.”

From Wharton: What Makes a Successful CEO?

“People who aspire to reach the C-suite — and perhaps to become CEO — must deliver strong results along the way, show leadership ability and have the emotional intelligence to embrace the softer side of the business, such as relationship-building and employee welfare. Those are among the attributes that make for successful CEOs, according to Cassandra Frangos, a consultant with executive search firm Spencer Stuart and author of Crack the C-Suite Code: How Successful Leaders Make It to the Top.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies

“Organizational culture is one of the most talked about and written about topics in leadership literature these days. There is good reason this is true: Peter Drucker’s famous line says it best – ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast.'”

From Skip Prichard: How to Become a Person of Genuine Influence

“When Bob sent me the early draft of The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About A Most Persuasive Idea, a new installment in the Go-Giver series, I read it that evening. It tells a powerful story and left me with several pages of notes to ponder. And I was honored that he asked me for an endorsement. Since that book is out this week, I reached out to Bob with some questions about his new book and his perspective on the topic of influence.”

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 Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.

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