Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings
by: Aviva Publishing
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
There is a problem in today’s developing leaders-they think they need to be someone they are not to get what they want. In short, none of us is perfect, and when we pretend to be, people quit listening to us. Instead, we need to focus on trying to connect with others. Leading Imperfectly is full of examples for how to make those connections. The book is divided into a series of short, often humorous, and always insightful essays filled with real-life stories from James’ own life. The through line for the book is the significance of practicing authentic leadership. The essays discuss topics such as realizing our story has value, the importance of love in leadership, how to prevent over-committing because you can’t be everything to everyone, realizing you don’t have all the answers, and some practical advice about the importance of valuing the time we have and giving that time to the most important people in our lives. James also challenges us to look at the lies we tell ourselves that hold us back in life, and to learn how to listen to others so they will listen to us. James’ humor provides comic relief in the middle of some of the more serious stories, but the humor always makes his examples hit home and keeps his stories memorable. Readers will appreciate that while he speaks as someone who has had success in life, his leadership background is not that of the typical leader who writes leadership books-he’s not a former company CEO or a famous athlete-and that makes his points stand out all the more. Educators, business professionals, student leaders, and others will find this book to be introspective, validating, and motivational. Most importantly they will take away that their story is good enough. Check out Leading Imperfectly. Between the chuckles, there’s quite a bit of wisdom that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.
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HBR Guide to Leading Teams (HBR Guide Series)
by: Harvard Business Review Press
Product rating: 4.0 with 1 reviews
Great teams don’t just happen.
How often have you sat in team meetings complaining to yourself, Why does it take forever for this group to make a simple decision? What are we even trying to achieve?” As a team leader, you have the power to improve things. It’s up to you to get people to work well together and produce results.
Written by team expert Mary Shapiro, the HBR Guide to Leading Teams will help you avoid the pitfalls you’ve experienced in the past by focusing on the often-neglected people side of teams. With practical exercises, guidelines for structured team conversations, and step-by-step advice, this guide will help you:
Pick the right team members
Set clear, smart goals
Foster camaraderie and cooperation
Hold people accountable
Address and correct bad behavior
Keep your team focused and motivated
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The Ultimate Sales Revolution: Sell Differently. Change The World
by: Advantage Media Group
Product rating: 5.0 with 29 reviews
ACHIEVE the HIGHEST LEVEL of PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP – BECOMING an INDISPENSABLE PARTNER in YOUR CLIENT’S SUCCESS
Are you looking for the keys to far more successful sales relationships, and client conversations that don’t require manipulation, probing, and closing – yet which produce profoundly more powerful impact and results?
The Ultimate Sales Revolution clarifies how to reach the highest level of professional relationship – being an Indispensable Partner in your client’s success. You attain this exalted level of trust, respect, and differentiation from your competition by ensuring that every client request and activity delivers meaningful results, builds the strongest and most sustainable client relationship, avoids the 3 Sources of Miscommunication, and delivers massive value and impact.
Each of the principles in this book transforms your ability to win business, get paid for your value (not your time, effort, or activity), and earn the access, recognition, respect, and rewards reserved for the most successful sales people and privileged professional services providers. Inside are the keys that promise to significantly advance your professional enjoyment, impact, and most importantly… your results.
Here is what top professionals and leaders are saying:
Suzi Pomerantz – CEO, Innovative Leadership International; Best Selling Author, Seal the Deal “The Ultimate Sales Revolution is the most important book on business development you will ever read. This is your roadmap for how to get the best possible client relationships – and maximum competitive advantage.”
Linda Stewart – CEO, Innovation Associates “This book will truly revolutionize the way you think about selling. If selling is a part of your business (and it should be for everyone), this is a must read!”
Barri Rafferty – CEO North America, Ketchum (division of Omnicom) “Steve Lishansky reconstructs what ‘sales’ should be. His training shifted our agency’s focus on sales and transformed it to building relationships, value and trust.”
Jason Pappas – Managing Partner, Antson Capital Partners “As someone who practiced, managed, trained and taught sales most of my career I was blown away when I read Steve’s book. Steve has never ceased to amaze me with his ability make the complex understandable and effective. Highly recommended!”
Louis Noorden – President, The Hire NetWork Inc “I wish this book was written 30 years ago when I first started The Hire NetWork. I shudder to think of the time I could have saved developing executive relationships with Fortune 100 companies.”
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Deciding to Thrive: Lessons Learned in My Search for the Meaning of Success – And How to Sustain It
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 12 reviews
100% of the proceeds from this book will go to Children’s Dyslexia Centers. Do you want to control your own destiny and be the master of your fate but feel… stuck? So did I! This is the story of my transformation from being in a successful career but feeling like I was in a rut to thinking like a champion. My solution? Read, read, and read some more–fifty self-help and professional-advice books in one year. Deciding To Thrive is the distillation of what I learned about the nature of happiness, the meaning of success, the purpose of money, and the all-essential “why” that helps great entrepreneurs create companies. Deciding To Thrive charts the path to awesome–overcome adversity, uncertainty, and risk, while expanding your capacity and cash flow. Yes, you can achieve peak performance and live your dream life… it all starts with your mindset.
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Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results
by: Career Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 60 reviews
Every employee is different, but unfortunately many leaders use a one-size-fits-all approach to leading. In doing so, these otherwise well-intentioned leaders are working harder than they should while not getting all they could out of their teams.
Lead Inside the Box gives leaders a way to get the best out of their teams by focusing their energy where it will make the biggest difference. It teaches leaders how to:
Figure out where they are currently investing their time and energy across their teams
Identify the unique leadership needs of each team member
Make smarter decisions about how and where to invest their time and energy to get the best results out of everyone
Through simple frameworks brought to life with stories from the trenches, leaders will be able to see their own teams–and themselves–from a new perspective. Paradoxically these methods will enable leaders to improve their team’s performance exponentially while expending half the effort.
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Leadership: Elevate Yourself and Those Around You – Influence, Business Skills, Coaching, & Communication
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 105 reviews
Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Great Leader?
“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi
Leadership: Elevate Yourself and Those Around You – Influence, Business Skills, Coaching, & Communication will help both aspiring and seasoned leaders prepare for the most challenging and noble task.
By implementing the strategies taught, you will definitely maximize your potential as a leader by gaining the respect and trust of those around you. You will become more approachable, and easy to work with. Your communication skills will become top-notch; people will find you irresistible which will open the way for meaningful conversations at work.
This will also help you take your business to greater heights as you experience successful business relationships with your colleagues and business partners.
Here’s Why You Should Get This Book:
- Learn the Qualities of an Effective Leader
- Learn What is Expected of a Good Leader
- Learn the Strategies for Leading in Business
- Learn about Business Coaching
- Learn The Don’ts for Good Leadership
- And much more!
Take action today!
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Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations
Product rating: 4.9 with 7 reviews
A groundbreaking book that sheds new light on the vital importance of teams as the fundamental unit of organization and competition in the global economy.
Teams—we depend on them for both our professional success and our personal happiness. But isn’t it odd how little scrutiny we give them? The teams that make up our lives are created mostly by luck, happenstance, or circumstance—but rarely by design. In trivial matters—say, a bowling team, the leadership of a neighborhood group, or a holiday party committee—success by serendipity is already risky enough. But when it comes to actions by fast-moving start-ups, major corporations, nonprofit institutions, and governments, leaving things to chance can be downright dangerous.
Offering vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius shows managers and executives that the planning, design, and management of great teams no longer have to be a black art. It explores solutions to essential questions that could spell the difference between success and obsolescence. Do you know how to reorganize your subpar teams to turn them into top performers? Can you identify which of the top-performing teams in your company are reaching the end of their life span? Do you have the courage to shut them down? Do you know how to create a replacement team that will be just as effective—without losing time or damaging morale? And, most important, are your teams the right size for the job?
Throughout, Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone share insights and real-life examples gleaned from their careers as journalists, analysts, investors, and globetrotting entrepreneurs, meeting successful teams and team leaders to reveal some “new truths”:
- The right team size is usually one fewer person than what managers think they need.
- The greatest question facing good teams is not how to succeed, but how to die.
- Good “chemistry” often makes for the least effective teams.
- Cognitive diversity yields the highest performance gains—but only if you understand what it is.
- How to find the “bliss point” in team intimacy—and become three times more productive.
- How to identify destructive team members before they do harm.
- Why small teams are 40 percent more likely to create a successful breakthrough than a solo genius is.
- Why groups of 7 (± 2), 150, and 1,500 are magic sizes for teams.
Eye-opening, grounded, and essential, Team Genius is the next big idea to revolutionize business.
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2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World
by: St. Martin’s Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 27 reviews
Welcome to the future!
2 Billion Under 20 is a book, online community, and movement inspired by the 2 billion people in the world currently at or under the age of twenty. We stand for Millennials, Gen Z’ers, and those who want to better understand them and their unique potential. This book shows how we can all act on our passions and make a difference at any age.
Young entrepreneurs Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert have brought together seventy-five stories from ambitious young people like Paige McKenzie, who started her own YouTube channel at sixteen that now has more than 55 million views; Sam Mikulak, who’s represented Team USA in the Olympics and is a seven-time NCAA champion in Men’s Gymnastics; Jack Andraka, who developed an early detection test for pancreatic cancer at fifteen; Tallia Storm, a Scottish singer who was discovered by and opened a concert for Elton John, on her way to signing a record deal with Virgin Records; Dau Jok, who escaped civil war in South Sudan to become captain of the University of Pennsylvania’s Division 1 basketball team and founder of a nonprofit to help youth in his native country, and many other accomplished and inspiring Millennials from all walks of life.
All of these young people-members of the 2BillionUnder20.com community-have joined forces to show the world how Millennials are taking care of business. Join the movement and change the world!
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