Book Reviews for Business Leaders: 9/20/16

Sep 20, 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 Presuasion, Million Dollar Maverick, and Making Work Work.

From Bob Morris: Pre-Suasion

“I am among those who have waited more than three decades since Robert Cialdini’s classic, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, was first published in 1984 but updated since. It remains the definitive source for what is now referred to as ‘the psychology of persuasion.’”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Million Dollar Maverick: Forge Your Own Path to Think Differently, Act Decisively and Succeed Quickly

“Counting foreign translations and revised editions, this is Alan Weiss’ 60th book. If you are a speaker or consultant you likely know who Alan is, but if you aren’t, he probably is unknown to you. Yet anyone who has written sixty books and has spoken and consulted around the world, definitely has something to say.”

From Desda Moss: Making Work Work for You

“In Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution for Any Work Environment (Sterling Ethos, 2016), Shola Richards offers solutions for creating a more positive professional environment using kindness and mutual respect. The author’s journey in writing the book and starting a movement around positivity followed a painful period. He spent two years job working for a boss who once told him his name was ‘too complicated and weird’ for customers to pronounce and asked him to refer to himself as ‘Steve’ at work. After two soul-sapping years, he quit to become an expert on workplace happiness and engagement.”

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.