Reading is an invaluable skill for managers at every level. Books lead us into new ways of thinking and help us push through the tough times. There are certainly few books that allow a person to be a realist, an idealist and of all a fundamentalist. Packed vital productivity lessons, here are the Top 5 books every manager must read.
Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in First, Break All the Rules, revealing what the world’s greatest managers do differently. The core of the matter lies in how these managers have debunked old myths about management and how they created new truths on obtaining and keeping talented people in their organization.
Getting Things Done(often referred to as GTD) is a time management method, described in a book of the same title by veteran coach and management consultant David Allen. The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of recalling them. In Getting Things Done, David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential.
John Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” is quite helpful in measuring your own personal growth in leadership abilities. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world’s most definitive source on practical information for building teams. It describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “row together”. This book explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure and the keys to overcoming them
The New One Minute Manager, a new book based on the 1982 business classic co-authored by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Recognizing that the world has changed dramatically since their best-selling The One Minute Manager was published, the authors wanted to create a book for a next generation of leaders. In their concise, easy-to-read story, they teach readers three very practical secrets about leading others—and explain why these techniques continue to work so well.