Book recommendations for business leaders: 2/15/18

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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 pieces about Find the Fire, DO BIG THINGS: The Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact, Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There’s No More Business as Usual, The Excellence Dividend, and The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought.

From Michael McKinney: Find the Fire … Again

“In Find the Fire, author Scott Mautz says what happens is that we lose control of the process. Most people are overcome by self-defeating beliefs and thought processes. He has identified eight culprits that drain our inspiration and explains how we can counteract them. ‘You can create the conditions where inspiration is much more likely to occur.’ Mautz offers antidotes to the anti-muses as he calls them.”

From Skip Prichard: How A Team Can Do Big Things

“That’s the focus of Craig Ross’s work and his new book, DO BIG THINGS: The Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact . He is CEO of Verus Global, where he designs and delivers lasting solutions that transform leaders and teams. I recently asked him about how a team can do big things.”

Book Suggestion: Check out Skip Prichard’s new book, The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

From Wharton: The Emperor Has No Clothes: Recasting Leadership in the Open-source Era

“The digital age has democratized the workplace. Now employees can wield just as much knowledge and voice as their managers. It’s a profound change that is forcing an evolution in leadership. Rajeev Peshawaria, who heads the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre in Malaysia, explores the idea in his new book, Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There’s No More Business as Usual. He contends that leaders must learn to do things differently if they want their companies to innovate and survive.”

From Tom Peters: The Excellence Dividend

“For decades, Tom Peters has been preaching the gospel of putting people first, and in today’s rapidly changing business environment, this message is more important than ever.”

From the London School of Economics: The Infidel and The Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought

“The book explores this amicable affinity, shadowed by Hume’s volatile relationship with Jean-Jacques Rousseau – reviewed by Suzanne Smith.”

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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