Continuing copying my book reviews from my LinkedIn Amazon widget to my blog. I’ve referenced First, Break All the Rules in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity and in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity; The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in Episode 6: Leadership and Creativity; and The Effective Executive in Episode 2: Introduction to Creativity.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Marcus Buckingham
This is a Management 101 book, highly recommended. The authors describe what Great Managers do and how they do it: selecting the right people, defining the right outcomes, focusing on peoplesâ strengths, and finding the right fit for the people they manage.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series), by Patrick Lencioni
A good book laying the foundations of teamwork, starting with the most fundamental building block of Trust, which leads to Healthy Conflict, which leads to Commitment, which leads to Accountability, which finally leads to Attention to Results. Lencioni writes most of the book in a fictional, or fable, form, which I didn’t appreciate until the second time I read the book, at which point I couldn’t put the book down. If you just want to get to the meat of the book first, start towards the end on the chapter titled The Model, then go back to the beginning of the book.
A Management 101 book, highly recommended. The title has Executive in its title, and Drucker defines an executive as a knowledge worker — someone whose contribution materially affects the capacity of an organization to perform and to obtain results, so this book is not just for the C-level folks. Drucker describes how to manage oneself for effectiveness:
– Manage your time effectively
– Focus on what you can contribute that will significantly affect the organization’s performance and results
– Focus on your and others’ strengths, as opposed to focusing on and trying to improve weaknesses, though an executive with a corrupted character or integrity should not be in any position of power
– Do first things first and one thing at a time — no multitasking!
– Make effective decisions, covered in two excellent chapters