Book recommendations for business leaders: 7/5/19

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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 Powerhouse: 13 Teamwork Tactics that Build Excellence and Unrivaled Success, Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership, The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track, Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, and Mission-Driven Leadership: My Journey as a Radical Capitalist. There’s also a pointer to Michael McKinney’s first look at leadership books for July 2019.

From Skip Prichard: How to Create a Powerhouse Team

“Their new book, Powerhouse: 13 Teamwork Tactics that Build Excellence and Unrivaled Success, combines practice and theory and mixes in numerous soccer stories at the same time. It’s an invitation for all of us to build powerhouse teams.”

From Michael McKinney: How to Tackle Big Challenges in A Networked World

“In a networked world, the question becomes. ‘How do you design and guide complex collaborations in open, loosely connected networks when no one can tell anyone else what to do?’ Without going into a critique of society, this has become a major concern across a wide range of organizations and institutions. To answer this question, Ed Morrison and his Strategic Doing team* have designed an agile approach to strategic planning that they present in their book, Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership”

From Wharton: Healthy Conflict at Work: Using Friction as a Force for Good

“It sounds like an oxymoron, but psychologist and business strategist Liane Davey insists there is such a thing as healthy conflict at work. Fighting at work doesn’t have to be destructive or end in someone going home with a figurative black eye. Instead, office tensions can be a starting point for respectful dialogue, problem-solving and behavioral change that helps teams move closer toward their goals.”

From Theodore Kinni: Conversational computing

“James Vlahos’s new book, Talk to Me, is a good starting point for exploring how voice computing could disrupt your business.”

From Mark Bertolini: I Sold Aetna To Fix A Broken Healthcare System. Here’s Why

“Excerpted from Mission-Driven Leadership: My Journey as a Radical Capitalist, by Mark Bertolini, 2019, Currency, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House.”

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

“Here’s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July 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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