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Recommended Books

Here is a current list of great books to include in your leadership reading repertoire…..

The Art of Innovation

Author: Tom Kelley

This is an excellent book about IDEO, one of the most creative firms for innovation.

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Silos, Politics and Turf Wars

Author: Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni addresses the costly and maddening issue of silos, the barriers that create organizational politics.

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Helping People Win at Work

Author: Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge (2009)

This book takes a “fresh look” at performance review systems which are not very useful in most organizations today. Reviewed by Roxanne Kichar of The Piras Group

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The Start-up of You:  Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Author: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012

The authors provide practical ideas on how to network starting with the refreshing advice of thinking of networking as building relationships and not about transactional exchanges

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What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

Author: Marshall Goldsmith 2007

The biggest challenge in coaching leaders is getting and keeping their attention on their professional development goals.

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Tribal Leadership:  Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Author: Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright, 2008

I like that this book shows how great Tribal Leaders are always tuning into the informal networks and underlying culture.

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Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Author: Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan 2002

Leaders often confuse execution with tactics but tactics, not informed by strategy are merely actions disguised as progress.

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Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations

Author: Frederick Gilbert, 2012

...it truly falls into the category of a must-read for aspiring directors, middle managers, and those who sell to the C-suite occupants.

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The Leadership Pipeline

Author: Ram Charan, Steve Drotter, Jim Noel, 2nd Edition 2011

Every leader can gain an appreciation for his/her current situation and learn what skills and areas of focus are important.

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The Extraordinary Coach

Author: John H. Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett

I have personally used the models and framework successfully to design a coaching skills class and highly recommend this book for executive coaches, managers, and others who desire to become high quality business coaches.

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Good to Great:  Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t

Author: Jim Collins, 2001

How do good or even mediocre companies become great companies? This is the question Jim Collins sets out to answer when he researched great companies

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Beyond Genius, Innovation & Luck

Author: Allan McCarthy, 2011

It is imperative that leaders understand what it takes to move from strategies and ideas to commercialization is through creating and sustaining a high performance organization in addition to be innovative.

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Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard

Author: Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Overall this book provides a very useful framework for how to make change happen whether you’re an individual wanting to change yourself or a leader of an organization needing to make substantial change.

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Our Iceberg is Melting

Author: John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, 2005

Change happens all around us, It is business…and it is personal. In Our Iceberg is Melting a group of penguins discovers that survival of their colony means they must move off their endangered iceberg and find a new home.

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