Disclaimer-My goal for this was not to make a cliche list of the usual suspects like How to Win Freinds and Influence People or The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. Personally, these are not in my top 5, although they are good books. Below is my personal top 5. These are books that have had the greatest impact in my professional life and ones I feel comfortable recommending to anyone at any level of management.
Books continue to be one of the best and one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance your learning. Here are 5 great ones-
5. The New One Minute Manager -We tend to over complicate things. This book makes it very simple. This is common sense management that eludes most managers today. It is an easy and quick read that makes it well worth the time you will invest in it.
4. Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant-This book teaches you how to navigate competitive markets and look to untapped markets to grow your business. I love that it pushes you to be unconventional in your pursuit of growth. Why do the same things everyone else is doing? Chart your own course and enjoy growing without having to claw your way through a sea of competition.
3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t -This book is fantastic and practical. It deals with mid-size companies trying to make the leap to be great. Jim Collins and his team looked at over 1,400 companies when they did their research. This is a must-read for any manager or business leader.
2. Discover Your True North-This book has been around for close to 10 years. The premise is to help you learn to become an authentic leader. In the new version Bill George studies leaders such as Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg and Arianna Huffington as well as many others.
1. The One Thing-I list this as number one for the simple fact that it has really helped me to focus. I feel this is something everyone needs more of in an age where we are all going 100 mph. Where the only constant is chaos and multitasking has become the norm. The winner of 12 awards. This book is definitely worth a read.