Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/22/17

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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 reviews of SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success, Accelerating Performance: How to Mobilise, Execute and Transform with Agility, Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability, Fulfilled! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life, and Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It

From Michael McKinney: Be a Spark!

“TO CO-AUTHORS Angie Morgan, Courtney and Sean Lynch, to be a Spark is to be a leader. ‘You must recognize yourself as a leader. Know the pathway to leadership development and commit yourself to it. You’re not chosen to be a leader. You choose to lead.’ When you behave like a leader you become a Spark.”

From Management Issues: Accelerating Performance

“What sets the top-performing companies apart and why some deliver so much more than others are questions that Colin Price, executive vice president and global managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles and Sharon Toye, a partner in the firm’s London office, set out to explore in their new book, Accelerating Performance: How to Mobilise, Execute and Transform with Agility.”

From Skip Prichard: How to Engage in Conflict Without Casualties

“And how to deal with conflict is something that I’m very interested in mastering. That’s why I couldn’t wait to read clinical psychologist Dr. Nate Regier’s new book Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability. He explains why we avoid conflict, the common pitfalls we fall into, and how to engage in constructive dialogue. I found myself immediately applying his lessons the very next day after reading the book. I’m sure you will find our conversation interesting, and the book immensely helpful.”

From China Gorman: The ACE Formula for Organizational and Personal Success

“I rarely do book reviews. When I do, it’s because the book is written specifically for my readers, HR professionals in the trenches, and because I know and respect the author. Today I’d like to recommend just such a book, Fulfilled! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life, written by William A. Schiemann.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: Dave Ulrich on How to Win the War for Talent

“Dave Ulrich and his colleagues have a new book out on the topic titled ‘Victory Through Organization: Why the War for Talent is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It’. I feel like he needs no introduction in the HR world. But that just wouldn’t be proper. Dr. Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.”

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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