Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/24/18

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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 Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance — and What We Can Do About It, The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that Wows and Jobs That Last, The Power of Company Culture: How any business can build a culture that improves productivity, performance and profits, and The GuruBook.

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Human + Machine: The Impact of AI on Business Transformation

“Last week I wrote about the impact of blockchain technologies on business transformation. I now want to turn my attention to the more immediate impact of AI on business, based on Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, a recently published book by Accenture executives Paul Daugherty and Jim Wilson.”

From Theodore Kinni: Are American Workers Dying for their Paychecks?

“Management guru Jeffrey Pfeffer argues that modern management practices are making employees sick”

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that Wows and Jobs That Last

“In 1982, two consultants at McKinsey & Co. published a book to little fanfare. One year later, a million copies had been sold, ‘everyone’ had heard of In Search of Excellence, and the world of business has never quite been the same. Now, 36 years later, Peters has published what he calls the sequel or ‘excellence II.’ It is vintage Tom Peters. It is important. It is worth reading, thinking about, acting on, and then doing it all again.”

From Skip Prichard: The Power of Company Culture

“In more posts than I can count, I have written, discussed, and interviewed authors on the importance of organizational culture. A powerful culture fuels an organization to achieve greatness. When a new book by Chris Dyer titled The Power of Company Culture: How any business can build a culture that improves productivity, performance and profits hit my desk, I was interested to see the author’s view of culture and his interpretation of the latest research. Chris didn’t disappoint. The book takes the reader on a thoughtful overview of culture and shows the practical steps to take to improve yours in record time.”

From Michael McKinney: The GuruBook

“Jonathan Løw created The GuruBook to change, refine, and enhance your thinking. He has curated ideas from 45 internationally–known doers and thinkers on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and authentic leadership.”

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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