Book recommendations for business leaders: 7/20/17

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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 The Boomerang Principle, Communicate Like a Leader, The Virgin Banker, Option B, and 9 Things Positive Leaders Do.

From Lee Caraher: Stop Measuring Employee Loyalty By Tenure: 5 Steps to Creating a Boomerang Culture

“The great lament of so many leaders and managers today is that ‘no one is loyal anymore.’ With millions of millennials pegged as ‘job hoppers’ who ‘leave before they even get productive,’ older managers are increasingly unwilling to put in the effort to help develop and train their younger colleagues. The logic goes – ‘why should I put my effort into helping these people when they’re just going to leave me and I’ll have to start all over again.’ Oh, the good old days, when people stayed where you wanted them for as long as you wanted them to and retired with a golden watch and some balloons.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Communicate Like a Leader: Connecting Strategically to Coach, Inspire and Get Things Done

“In her long career, Dianna Booher has written extensively about communication in all forms, and trained, coached and worked with hundreds of leaders too. In her new book, she helps her readers work on these two important skills – strategy and communication.”

From Sarah Baker: Jayne-Anne Gadhia: From bullied schoolgirl to Virgin Money CEO

“The Virgin Banker is not just about being a woman in finance, but how to do business in a better way.”

From Wharton: Sheryl Sandberg on What to Do When Life Hands You ‘Option B’

“Two years ago, Sheryl Sandberg was leading a good life. She was the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the legendary New York Times bestseller Lean In. She was a renowned business leader and a role model for women around the world. She was happily married to Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey, and they had two young children. Then the unthinkable happened. On a family vacation in Mexico, Goldberg died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure while using an exercise machine. He was 48.”

From Michael McKinney: 9 Things Positive Leaders Do

“JON GORDON is a prolific writer. He has written at least a dozen books on leadership that I am aware of. The Power of Positive Leadership summarizes much of his thinking and provides a great introduction to all of his other work. As a result, it is full of good practices and thinking.”

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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