Colin Price and Sharon Toye
Why do companies in the same sector pursuing near-identical strategies perform so differently? 'Accelerating Performance' sets out to find answers based on data and empirical evidence rather than anecdotes and theory.
The Trusted Executive is one of those books that changes the way you think about leadership. It’s not the first to extol the importance of trust as the essential trait of leaders, but few other authors have expounded such a comprehensive framework for building trustworthy organisations.
Don't be fooled by the title. This book offers systematic approaches for for making and communicating decisions and integrating analytical data and intuitive intelligence to solve the paradoxical problems of digital-age businesses.
Chris Welford and Jackie Sykes
Sanity at work. Is that really possible? This ground-breaking book sheds new light on the factors contributing to our psychological wellbeing and personal effectiveness at work, drawing on insights from the dual disciplines of psychology and psychotherapy.
Nigel Purse and Nick Cowley
Based on 30 years of research, 5 Conversations aims to identify and draw out those vital two-way conversations between line managers and staff members and develop them in ways that build trusting relationships rather than antagonism.
This book will strike a chord with anyone frustrated by bungling bosses, complacent companies or those well-meaning managers trapped in a long-established but outdated way of working.
Dont Be A Cant attempts to cover an entire ethos for life, in this case, taking responsibility for your own happiness. It is Frank Bastow's first book, and the first book I've read that comes with a money-back guarantee if you don't get anything out of it!
Olav Massen, Chris Matts, Chris Geary
Your project has hit a bottleneck, the team is spread too thinly and Gant charts aren't helping. Do you through up your hands in despair? Or pick up a copy of 'Commitment - A Novel About Managing Project Risk'? Which option sounds better?
As its title suggests, this is not your typical business book. But in showing that Trappist principles can be successfully applied to a variety of worldly business settings, it can inspire thoughtful leaders to evaluate their current approach to management and strategy.
Don Peppers and Martha Rogers
Extreme Trust is another important contribution to the betterment of management thinking from the team of Peppers and Rogers., who argue that businesses must deliberately act to protect the interests of customers proactively, before they have a chance to spread negative buzz.
Light Footprint Management draws inspiration from two unconventional sources; Barack Obama's 'light footprint' military doctrine, and what the author has elsewhere called China's 'management revolution,' discussing how both have evolved as responses to our often complex and turbulent world.
In a fast-changing world, the ability to adapt quickly to any situation is becoming a vital asset for everyone. Adaptability tells you all you need to know about the art of strategy in a series of powerful survival rules and lessons from 50 top brands.
'Faire la trace', by Rémi Engelbrecht, contains seven lessons for managers which can be learnt from guiding aspiring climbers in the European Alps. The author is both a qualified, alpine mountain guide and a management consultant so he writes with authority.
Chris Laszlo and Nadya Zhexembayeva
Sustainability has moved from being the 'right thing to do' to being the optimal driver of business strategy. This book articulates the drivers for innovation and how to practically think through and then act to embed sustainability into your organization's DNA.
If you want to know what lies behind all the hype about cloud computing and what it means for your business but don't want to be blinded by technical detail, this surprisingly readable book by Christopher Barnatt is a great place to start.
Books we Like
Many of the established principles of business management are outdated and counter-productive, yet still organisations cling onto them. This books sets out to shoot those scared cows and get us to rethink how companies are managed and our work is designed.
About 100 pages into Marshall Goldsmith's new book, I picked up a pen and began to write down some “engaging questions” for myself. I read dozens of business books a year, and can’t remember the last time I took action that quickly (or at all, to be honest).
James M. Kerr
This books represents a powerful tool to help executives elevate their companies, their employees and themselves to new levels of performance. And it works because it's suited to the rational approach to problem-solving that successful executives employ.
Coping with a constant stream of emails - in my case up to 150 a day - is a major part of the burden of office life. At fault was my failure to manage them - and this book provides an answer to that email overload.
James M. Kerr
This book demystifies seven essential business programs (or, best practices) needed for improving performance and delivering lasting results within today's competitive backdrop.
Dan Collins & David Thompson
Trust Unwrapped is a story about integrity, trust and chocolate, a rather unusual formula. It also differs from most business manuals in being more fun to read and more concise.
What is innovation? How does it happen? How can businesses encourage innovation? Is it possible to create a culture of innovation? How do you move from an idea to an insight to an innovation?
Susan Bloch & Philip Whiteley
Increasingly, people are asked to be members of a virtual team – or multiple teams. But as this book asks, how well suited are human beings to working in teams that stretch across a dozen time zones?
Brenda Huettner, M. Katherine Brown and Char James-Tanny
How do you manage people you don't see every day, may never actually have met in person and who may be working not just in different cities, but on different continents?
Career Helium is a modern-day fable thats helps the reader to understand the implicit rules that determine what it takes to succeed in the world of business. Dr Rob Yeung, Director of leadership consulting firm Talentspace, has been reading it.
Why do bosses behave the way they do? As this book explains, even the nicest, friendliest people can become dictator-like in organizational systems that encourage bad bosses. But by understanding this, both employees and bosses can take the first steps to creating better relationships.
Managers don't become poor on purpose. They don't aspire to mediocrity. They just don't work on the right things. This useful real-world guide to becoming a more effective and successful manager lays out what those 'right things' are.
Cary Cherniss and Daniel Goleman
It takes more than traditional intelligence for individuals or organizations to be successful. But how can emotional intelligence be taken beyond the individual to become something a group or entire organization can build and utilize collectively?