Book Reviews for Business Leaders: 10/18/16

Oct 18, 2016 | Reading Lists

“Leaders are readers.”

Yep, if you want to do that leading thing well, you need to read. One challenge is sorting through all the “leadership” and other business books to find good ones. This post should help. Here are some pointers to reviews of and excepts from recent leadership (in the broadest sense) books.

In this post I point you to reviews of Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini, Managing in the Gray by Joseph Badaracco, and Messy by Tim Harford.

From Kevin Eikenberry: Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

“Social Psychologist, Robert Cialdini, wrote a book called Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion that is a classic and has sold over 3 million copies. If you haven’t read it, put it on your list. He has revised that book several times and written other books since. While I enjoyed them, none lived up to the original. Until now.”

From Michael McKinney: 5 Questions to Ask When Managing in the Gray

“JOSEPH BADARACCO PROVIDES A WAY to resolve the inevitable gray areas we will all face from time to time in Managing in the Gray. They are the core of a leader’s work.”

From the Economist: Autopilot is the enemy

“SELF-HELP books offer ways for readers to whip their lives into shape. A new book by Tim Harford, an economist and columnist at the Financial Times, argues that we need to whip our lives out of shape. According to his new book, Messy, the order that we crave is our own worst enemy, and disorder sets us free.”

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 Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.