Book recommendations for business leaders: 9/27/18

Sep 27, 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 Transforming the Clunky Organization: Pragmatic Leadership Skills for Breaking Inertia, Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business, Being a Supervisor 1.0: A Handbook For The New, Aspiring, And Experienced Supervisor, and 8 Steps to High Performance: Focus On What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest). Plus a list of books that Tom Peters recommends.

From Michael McKinney:  How to Break the Hold Inertia Has on Your Organization

“In Transforming the Clunky Organization, Samuel Bacharach takes on the two fundamental sources of organizational inertia—the tendency to be clunky and the tendency to be myopic.”

From Skip Prichard: How to Transform A Sluggish Organization

“He recently released a book that I found to be an incredible addition to my leadership library. Transforming the Clunky Organization: Pragmatic Leadership Skills for Breaking Inertia is one of those books that will inspire both new and seasoned leaders with its practical advice and unique perspective. If your organization is stuck and you need to break inertia and foster innovation, I can think of no better place to start than with this book.”

From HBS Working Knowledge: Developing a Strategy for the Digital World

“A new book by Sunil Gupta, ‘Driving Digital Strategy,’ explores how traditional businesses can make the leap into the digital age.”

From Katie Wattendorf: How to Develop Better Supervisors

“Where should a first-time supervisor start? This is the question Joseph F. Duffy sets out to answer in his book Being a Supervisor 1.0 (Business Books, 2018). After 45 years as an executive with Catholic Charities, Duffy knew there needed to be one resource—a ‘cookbook,’ as he calls it—that provides all the basics of supervising, from decision making to conflict resolution to strategizing.”

From Wharton: Eight Steps to Improving Work Performance

“How can one perform optimally at work? According to talent consultant Marc Effron, the path to better performance is to focus on what you can change and not worry so much about the rest. In his book, 8 Steps to High Performance, Effron lays out his research-based guidelines on how to optimize your work performance. He is the founder of the Talent Strategy Group and publisher of Talent Quarterly magazine.”

From Tom Peters: The Excellence Dividend Book List

“Our thanks to a reader who took it on himself to collect the long list of books mentioned by Tom in The Excellence Dividend and send it to us!”

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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