Hello autumn, good bye summer! Looking for some business books to rev up for Fall? Improve your leadership skills? Create some new habits? Here are three books that I personally recommend.
How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Liz Wiseman is a researcher and well-known speaker upon whom I stumbled after reading Essentialism, a book written by her co-author Greg McKeown. I was intrigued by the premise of the book - why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results.
Multipliers is based on extensive research undertaken by Liz and her company The Wiseman Group. It's a though-provoking read that's worth the time. You'll come away with immediately implementable ideas that will bring worthwhile change to you as a leader.
If you're looking for a quick taste, you can get an overview in this free Ivey Business Journal article called Are You An Accidental Diminisher.
2) Necessary Endings
The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have To Give Up In Order To Move Forward
How have I never heard of Dr. Henry Cloud? After I posted the above photo on Instagram, I realized that he's a well-known and prolific author. This book is an easy read that tends to repeat itself. Yet the extensive use of mock conversations helps the reader understand and apply the material, so I appreciated that.
In Necessary Endings, you'll get a dose of courage to pull the trigger when things obviously aren't working out. Whether that's within your business life or personal life, Dr Cloud gives you specific strategies for ending things well and advocates for personal change.
I'm enjoying Dr Henry Cloud's daily postings on Facebook too - they're quick snippets from his various books.
3) Getting Things Done
The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Here's a book that I go back to every few years. I reread Getting Things Done this summer in order to refresh some of my productivity systems. I'm excited to see that an update of the book is in the works for 2015 since a lot has changed in the world of tech since this book was written in 2002. But the principles are timeless, so whether you're working from Evernote on iPad or using an old-fashioned paper planner, this book applies to you.
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