Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/31/18

May 31, 2018 | Reading Lists

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 Extraordinary Influence: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others, Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World, The Road to Excellence: 6 Leadership Strategies To Build A Bulletproof Business, Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy, and The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last.

From Bob Morris: Extraordinary Influence

“However different great leaders throughout history may be in most respects, all of them nourish personal growth and professional development in those who follow them. That is, ‘they bring out the best in others.’ Tim Irwin wrote this book in order to share scientific evidence to explain how they do that but first, and quite correctly, he points out that many of the efforts to motivate others, in fact, accomplish the exact opposite of what is intended. ‘We inadvertently engage the wrong part of the brain, thus short-circuiting what influence we might have, such as advancing that person along a meaningful developmental trajectory.’”

From James Surowiecki: The Quirky Secrets of the World’s Greatest Innovators

“In her book on inventive genius, Melissa Schilling delves into the personality traits that lead to breakthroughs.”

From Skip Prichard: 6 Leadership Strategies To Build A Bulletproof Business

“How to achieve organizational excellence is the subject of a new book by David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training. THE ROAD TO EXCELLENCE: 6 Leadership Strategies To Build A Bulletproof Business is the result of his research and experience as a CEO of a global organization. I asked him to share some of his leadership insights as well as some blind spots that can catch business leaders off guard with potentially disastrous consequences.”

From Stephen J. Gill: Why Management Needs to Change

“Following is a selection from our new book, Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the Knowledge Economy.”

From Michael McKinney: The Excellence Dividend

“TOM PETERS has produced another thought-provoking book. The Excellence Dividend is 100% Peters. He is a fanatical lifelong learner and this book represents a summary of what he has learned over the last few decades. He considers it a sequel to In Search of Excellence. You might not agree with everything he writes, but it will make you think.”

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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