Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/21/18

Jun 21, 2018 | Reading Lists

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 POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last, Legendary Service: The Key Is to Care, Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me, and Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life.

From Skip Prichard: Build a Powerful Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

“Patty McCord helped write the document. She worked at Netflix for 14 years as the company’s Chief Talent Officer. In her book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, Patty shares what she has learned about building a high-performance culture. I recently asked her to share more about her experience.”

From Wharton: How Better Training Can Help Companies Face the ‘Tech Tide’

“Back in 1982 when Tom Peters co-authored the best-selling book In Search of Excellence, U.S. corporations faced high unemployment and interest rates. Today, Peters sees different challenges to success. He says training is ‘investment number one,’ for example, but thinks its importance is much under-appreciated. He also believes that a culture of caring can be a powerful prerequisite for winning, yet many companies don’t get it. He further faults marketers for focusing on millennials while ignoring the far more affluent over-50 crowd. Now Peters is back with his 18th book, titled The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last.”

Wally’s Comment: Here’s a link to my review of this book.

From David Witt: Kathy Cuff and Vicki Halsey on Legendary Service: The Key Is to Care

“What are your beliefs about customer service—and how are they driving the customer experience in your company? That’s one of the key questions Kathy Cuff and Vicki Halsey, coauthors with Ken Blanchard, explore in their book Legendary Service: The Key Is to Care. Cuff and Halsey share a four-part CARE model to help readers and listeners explore the key concepts.”

From Theodore Kinni: An Ode to the Thief of Time

“In his new book, Andrew Santella explores procrastination, and why it is that whenever there is a job to do, you can count on someone putting it off.”

From Carmen Noble: How to Be a Rebel Leader

“New Book: In the book Rebel Talent, Francesca Gino argues companies should encourage rebellion in their workplaces. Quiz: Discover what type of rebel you really are.”

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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