Book recommendations for business leaders: 3/7/19

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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 Return on Courage : A Business Playbook for Courageous Change, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Mostly Noisy World, and Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us. Also, Michael McKinney shares his list of new leadership releases for 2019.

From Michael McKinney: Return On Courage

“COURAGE is what gets you from here to there. But it’s not courage or risk. It’s courage and risk. They work together. ‘Those who are risk-averse are inadvertently courage-adverse,’ says Ryan Berman author of Return on Courage.”

From Skip Prichard: Why Your Success is Fueled by Your Peers

“That’s why I was drawn to Leo Bottary’s new book, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth. He covers this important aspect of success. Success is available to everyone who pursues it with discipline. I recently spoke with Leo about his work.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: Loneliness At Work: The Next Employee Challenge

“In ‘Back to Human’, Dan suggests that our increased use of (and addiction to) technology is a key contributor to loneliness. And when people are lonely, it has an impact on their work. Totally makes sense. The solution? Create more connectedness at work. Frankly, that’s easier said than done.”

From Bob Morris: Cal Newport on the power of decluttering

“In Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Mostly Noisy World, Cal Newport explains how and why the impact of technological tools on most people’s personal lives ‘is complicated by the fact that these tools mix harm with benefits. Smartphones, ubiquitous wireless internet, digital platforms that connect billions of people — these are triumphant innovations!’ Indeed they are. That said, he wrote this book to explain how most people can thrive in our current moment of technological overload. I call it digital minimalism, and it applies the belief that less can be more to our relationship with digital tools.”

From Wharton: How Silicon Valley’s Work Culture Made Everyone Miserable

“Silicon Valley is synonymous with cutting-edge startups that offer a progressive workplace culture forged by young people who demand greater job satisfaction than the previous generation. Have these companies cracked the code of work-life balance? Hardly, says journalist and author Dan Lyons. His new book, Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us, exposes the junk science and questionable management practices that have migrated from Silicon Valley to the rest of the economy, making millions of workers stressed out and unhappy.”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for March 2019

Here’s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March 2019.

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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