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Leadership

The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win
By Dave and Wendy Ulrich
 (16 minutes)

This book looks at how your team can achieve better results by being more honest. Find out more about here.


Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
By Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
 (14 minutes)

This book is a practical guide to how you can bring intelligence, creativity and energy to your team and your organization. Find out more about it here.


Delivering Happiness A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
By Tony Hsieh
 (16 minutes)

This book, by Zappos CEO Tony Hseih, looks at how promoting happiness within your organization can produce passion and engagement - from employees, and from customers. Find out more about it here.


The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
By Michael Watkins
 (14 minutes)

It typically takes a new leader three to six months to start adding value to an organization. "The First 90 Days" shows you how to hit the ground running as a new leader. Find out more about it here.


Your Next Move: The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions
By Michael Watkins
 (14 minutes)

Been promoted? Got a new boss or colleague who's just taken a step up the career ladder? This book is for you! It explains what people need to change each time they take a step up the career ladder and why. Learn more about it here!


Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for New Leaders
By Jason Jennings
 (15 minutes)

When you take on your first leadership role, you want to get things right from the very outset. This book helps you do just that! It explains what some of the US's most successful executives did from Day 1 to transform their organizations, and it sets out 10 golden rules to get going fast.


Strengths Based Leadership
By Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
 (15 minutes)

As a leader, do you feel you should be good at everything? Or do you play to your strengths and delegate the rest? Find out more about which approach is more effective and why, and learn how to analyze what your strengths really are.


Energy Leadership
By Bruce D Schneider
 (16 minutes)

Learn more about this psychotherapy-based book, explaining how to making the very most of your potential.


Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders
By Alan Deutschman
 (14 minutes)

What can leaders achieve when they "walk the walk" and don't just "talk the talk"? These inspiring case studies will show you! Find out more here.


Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Rewards
By Morten T Hansen
 (16 minutes)

If you're wasting time in unnecessary meetings, or struggling to get along with team mates, this book is for you! It explains how to collaborate effectively, how to overcome common barriers to doing so, and why ineffective collaboration is actually worse than none at all. Read our book insight to learn more about it!


Know-How
By Ram Charan
 (15 minutes)

Management guru, and highly successful businessman Ram Charan reveals how successful CEOs think when faced with challenging business situations, and identifies what he sees as the key qualities for leadership in today's turbulent world.


Leading With Kindness
By William F. Baker and Michael O'Malley
 (14 minutes)

Are compassion and gratitude essential for effective leadership? Find out more about this book's theory on why consistently kind leaders get more from their teams.


Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty
By Ram Charan
 (15 minutes)

Find out what the popular strategy expert Ram Charan says leaders need to do differently now that there's a downturn.


Creating Magic
By Lee Cockerell
 (16 minutes)

Learn about the down-to-earth leadership approaches used by Disney executives that keep customers coming back for more and staff staying for the long term.


Leadership Therapy
By Anna Rowley
 (13 minutes)

If your leadership could do with a little help, you don't need to pay a therapist. This book can do the job for you! Learn about the techniques used by Anna Rowley, consulting psychologist to Microsoft.


Followership
By Barbara Kellerman
 (15 minutes)

This intriguing book explains why followers are at least as important as leaders, and teaches us how to work with five different types of followers. Learn more about it here!


If Harry Potter Ran General Electric
By Tom Morris
 (15 minutes)

What can today's business leaders learn from the fictional wizards in the Harry Potter publishing phenomenon? Quite a lot, actually - and the key thing is that you don't need magic to be a great leader!


Results That Last
By Quint Studer
 (15 minutes)

Learn about ways of developing and maintaining leadership excellence, and employee behaviors that will drive long-lasting business results.


The 100-Mile Walk
By Sander and Jonathan Flaum

Helena Smalman-Smith reviews this new perspective on leadership, which discusses the authors' "9 Ps of leadership." Spoken by Terry Ozanich.


Team Management

Managing
By Henry Mintzberg
 (16 minutes)

In this book, Henry Mintzberg, one of the world's foremost experts on management and business strategy, looks at what managers REALLY do from day to day. Find out more about it here, and learn why he is so against traditional MBA programs.


The Effective Executive
By Peter Drucker
 (15 minutes)

This management classic made Peter Drucker a legend in university MBA programs and corporate boardrooms around the globe, and is a definitive guide on managing knowledge workers – and managing yourself.


The Future of Management
By Gary Hamel
 (16 minutes)

Find out more about business guru Gary Hamel's latest book, in which he lays out his vision for what he sees as the coming management revolution.


Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done
By Ian Ayres
 (16 minutes)

This book shows how you can use "commitment contracts" to motivate yourself to achieve your goals. Find out more about it here.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
By Daniel H Pink
 (16 minutes)

"Carrot and stick" motivation may work for donkeys, but it's just not effective with people. This book is packed with practical, research-based approaches that you can use with your team. Find out more here!


What Happy Companies Know,
by Dan Baker, Cathy Greenberg and Collins Hemingway
(16.3 minutes)

Helena Smalman-Smith reviews "What Happy Companies Know", a great book on creating a positive and successful workplace, with an interesting and highly relevant psychological angle on the subject.


Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Potential
By Brian Cole Miller
 (14 minutes)

This book looks at how your team can achieve better results by being more honest. Find out more about here.


The Speed of Trust
by Stephen M R Covey
(15 minutes)

This is one of the most high-profile new business books around, but what does its title actually mean? Find out more about it in this Book Insight.


X-Teams
By Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman
 (15 minutes)

How do you go about building a successful team? Are you sure? The authors of this book probably disagree with you. Learn more about this book in this Book Insight.


Courageous Training
By Tim Mooney and Robert O Brinkerhoff
 (15 minutes)

Most organizations spend a lot training their staff, but only a small proportion of this training is actually applied. This book explains how you can make your people's training stick, and why this takes courage.


Telling Ain't Training
By Harold D Stolovitch and Erica J Keeps
 (16 minutes)

So if "telling ain't training", how should you train? Find out about this excellent and influential book, itself a great example of the training techniques it describes.


Toyota Talent
By Jeffrey K Liker and David P Meier
 (15 minutes)

Most of us, understandably, think of Toyota as a car-maker, first and foremost. But the quality of their in-house training programme is at least as innovative as the products they sell, and arguably is the real key to their success in a highly competitive industry. Find out about this book, which explains what you can learn from their training approach.


Mass Career Customization
By Cathleen Benko and Anne Weisberg
 (15 minutes)

According to this book, enlightened employers are beginning to offer their executives alternatives to the traditional career ladder. Find out more about it in this review.


One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value
By Marc Effron and Miriam Ort
 (15 minutes)

This book looks at how to create a talent management plan that's simple and easy to use. Learn more about it here.


The Differentiated Workforce: Transforming Talent into Strategic Impact
By Brian Becker, Mark Huselid and Richard Beatty
 (16 minutes)

Many organizations claim that their people are their most important assets, but they don't always manage them as effectively as they do other strategic resources. This book explains how to do just that. Find out more about it here!


How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way
By Roger Connors and Tom Smith
 (16 minutes)

When things go wrong, you want to find the culprit. But what if there weren't any crises, because people were quick to admit their concerns early on? This book shows you how to create a culture of personal and group accountability that will achieve just that. Find out more about it here!


Head and Heart Management
By Adrian Furnham
 (15 minutes)

Most of us like to think we're rational and logical, but the truth is that we frequently let our "hearts" rule our "heads". Find out more about this fascinating book.


12: The Elements of Great Managing
By Rodd Wagner and James K Harter
(15 minutes)

This book describes the 12 qualities that highly-productive employees tend to find in their workplaces - according to a massive Gallup survey - and how you can create the same levels of engagement in your job. Find out more about it.


Strategy

Strategy Execution Heroes: Business Strategy Implementation and Strategic Management Demystified
By Jeroen De Flander
 (15 minutes)

This book is full of ideas on carrying out business plans and successfully executing your strategies. Find out more about it here.


The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
By Walter Kiechel III
 (15 minutes)

This book looks at what corporate strategy is, why organizations use it, and how it's changed the world in the past 50 years. Find out more about it here.


The Art of Strategy
By Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff
 (15 minutes)

Discover how this book tackles Game Theory, and how you can apply strategic thinking to your everyday life.


Executing Your Strategy
By Mark Morgan, Raymond E Levitt and William Malek
 (14 minutes)

One reason why business strategies can fail is that they've been poorly implemented. Find out more about this book, which describes a tried and tested approach to implementation.


Three Moves Ahead
By Bob Rice
 (14 minutes)

Can chess strategies be applied to business? Absolutely, says the author of this new book. Find out more in this Book Insight.


In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies
By Robert H. Waterman
 (16 minutes)

This classic book looks at some of America' best-performing companies, and highlights theories and useful ideas that you can apply in your own organization. Find out more about it here.


Googled: The End of the World As We Know It
By Ken Auletta
 (17 minutes)

Everyone's familiar with its products, but how did Google get from startup to where it is today? Find out more about this fascinating "organizational biography" here.


Performance at the Limit: Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing
By Mark Jenkins, Ken Pasternak, and Richard West
 (15 minutes)

This book explains what leaders can learn from Formula 1 teams – from pit stop efficiency to creating close-knit and powerful team cultures. Find out more here!


The Turnaround Kid
By Steve Miller
 (14 minutes)

Crisis manager Steve Miller earned the name "America's Mr Fix-It" as a result of his work transforming the fortunes of Chrysler, Bethlehem Steel and others. Learn more about this book, which explains how he did this.


Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic
By Leonard Berry and Kent Seltman
 (16 minutes)

Find out what service organizations of all kinds can learn from this enduringly successful healthcare practice.


One Billion Customers
By James McGregor
(15 minutes)

China – one of the world's most dynamic economies – is a mystery to most Westerners. Author James McGregor helps to unlock it, based on his experience of doing business in China for nearly two decades.


Riding the Indian Tiger
By William Nobrega and Ashish Sinha
 (15 minutes)

This book explains why India might have even more growth potential than China, and tells us what to avoid when doing business there. Learn more about it in this Book Insight.


Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional
By John Miller
 (15 minutes)

Organizations can easily get "fired" by their customers, their shareholders or even their staff. But can you do anything to prevent this? Yes, say the authors of this book! Find out more about it here.


Think Big, Act Small
By Jason Jennings
 (15 minutes)

How do you go about retaining the flexibility, energy, and work ethic of a startup in a large organization?


Reality Check
By Guy Kawasaki
 (14 minutes)

You can be entrepreneurial and innovative whether you run your own business or work for a large corporation. Discover more about this book's recommendations for outsmarting and outmanaging your competition.


Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed
By Gregg Easterbrook
 (16 minutes)

This fast, fun look at how the world is changing takes readers from China to Russia, Brazil and the US - because, perhaps strangely, individual places are the clearest illustrators of power of globalization. Find out more about this book here.


Where Keynes Went Wrong and Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles and Busts
By Hunter Lewis
 (16 minutes)

Most governments have used "Keynsian economics" in planning how to get out of recession. But what ARE Keynes' theories? This book explains them – and also argues that they were flawed. Find out more about it here!


Revolutionary Wealth
By Alvin and Heidi Toffler
 (15 minutes)

40 years ago, Alvin and Heidi Toffler wrote an influential book called "Future Shock", predicting the shift to an information economy. Find out about their new book, "Revolutionary Wealth."


Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations
By Clay Shirky
 (16 minutes)

New web applications may be developed by a handful of clever people, but it's what millions of others worldwide DO with that technology that's really interesting. Find out more about this book, which explains the vast range of ways that we're using social media technology – at work and at home. What more could YOU do with it?


Chaotics
By Philip Kotler and John Caslione
 (15 minutes)

One of the top business gurus of all times shares his take on the current turbulent times and, crucially, what he thinks that that leaders and managers should do to ride the storm.


The Return of Depression Economics
By Paul Krugman
 (15 minutes)

The credit crunch is the hot topic of the moment. Find out what this book has to say about what led to the current global financial problems.


The Snowball
By Alice Schroeder
 (14 minutes)

Find out more about the lessons and philosophies that have made Warren Buffett one of the most respected minds in the business world.


The Audacity of Hope
By Barack Obama
 (14 minutes)

Find out more about this thought-provoking and inspiring book, written by the incoming US President, Barack Obama.


Business Stripped Bare
By Richard Branson
 (14 minutes)

Find out more about Richard Branson's personal account of the defining moments, both good and bad, in his business life.


Myself and Other More Important Matters
By Charles Handy
 (15 minutes)

Hear more about this latest book from one of the best-loved management writers of our time. Partly autobiographical, it's full of astute observations on business and the World today.


Winning
By Jack & Suzy Welch

James Manktelow looks this powerful and insightful book, co-written by one of the world's most influential business leaders. In it, find out what you can learn from this important book.


Problem Solving

Solving Tough Problems
By Adam Kahane (Foreword by Peter Senge)
 (14 minutes)

Find out how to go about solving problems when large groups of people are involved, and have entrenched positions, whether they're ethnic groupings within a country, or different factions in a small business.


SuperFreakonomics
By Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
 (16 minutes)

Find out more about this sequel to the bestseller Freakonomics, which takes a fascinatingly fresh look at everyday situations by applying economic theory to them.


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
By Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox
 (14 minutes)

This groundbreaking book explains why it often makes sense to run some of your business processes sub-optimally, and shows how cost accounting can lead to all sorts of wrong decisions! Find out more about it in this Book Insight.


Why Not?
By Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres
(15 minutes)

Helena reviews "Why Not": Learn more about this simple guide to everyday ingenuity. And find out how a sixth-century king can help you solve business problems!


Decision Making

The Go Point
By Michael Useem
(15 minutes)

This book explains how you can learn and improve the skill of making good, timely decisions. Find out more about it in this Book Insight.


Judgment: How winning leaders make great calls
By Noel M Tichy and Warren G Bennis
 (16 minutes)

Learn more about this book, which describes how the most successful executives make the right decisions time and time again, often under immense pressure.


10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea
By Suzy Welch
 (16 minutes)

When you have a tough decision to make, Suzy Welch, journalist and wife of former GE boss Jack Welch, explains why it helps to consider the impact of choosing each option in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years.


Fooled by Randomness
By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 (16 minutes)

Find out more about this fascinating book, which looks at why we insist on imposing meaning on what are really random events, and how we can avoid the pitfalls in doing so.


Ethics (for the Real World)
By Ronald A Howard and Clinton D Korver
 (15 minutes)

Find out more about this guide to thinking about your own ethical code, so that you can make the right decisions when faced with a moral dilemma.


The Ethical Executive
By Robert Hoyk and Paul Hersey
 (15 minutes)

No matter how sure you are now that you can tell right from wrong, given the "right" circumstances we're all capable of acting unethically, say the authors of this book. Find out more: forewarned is forearmed.


Winners Never Cheat
By Jon M Huntsman
 (14 minutes)

Find out how you can stay true to the principles of honesty and integrity and still wind up ahead in business with this book by one of the US's most successful CEOs.


Emotionomics
By Dan Hill
 (15 minutes)

Find out more about this book's theory on the role of emotions in the choices people make – and how 'facial coding' can help interpret those emotions.


Project Management

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
By Chip Heath and Dan Heath
 (15 minutes)

If you've ever tried to make a significant change, then you know how hard it can be to start doing things differently. "Switch" shows you how to use your mind to make change easier – at work, and at home. Find out more about it here.


Change By Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
By Tim Brown
 (15 minutes)

"Design thinking" involves much more than dreaming up beautiful products. This book explains how you can use its disciplined approach to innovate in any area – from product development to customer service. Find out more about it in this Book Insight!


The Three Laws of Performance
By Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
 (15 minutes)

Find out more about how to implement change AND make it stick for the long term – at work, and in you personal life.


A Sense of Urgency
By John P Kotter
 (14 minutes)

In this book, John Kotter, one of the world's leading authorities on leadership and change, explains how true urgency enables change and progress in organizations. Find out more, here!


Time Management

Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long Term Success Through Daily Victories
By Eric Haseltine
 (14 minutes)

This book looks at how you can put more focus on your important long-term goals, without sacrificing your short-term priorities. Find out more about it here.


The Way We're Working Isn't Working
By Tony Schwartz, with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy
 (16 minutes)

This book can transform the way that you work, so that you're more productive and more energized. Find out more about it here.


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
By David Allen
 (15 minutes)

This classic book can help you to prioritize tasks and projects more effectively, and make you more productive. Find out more about it here.


Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters.
By Michael Bungay Stanier
 (15 minutes)

This book is full of ideas and exercises to help you make your work more engaging, and more enjoyable. Learn more about it here.


Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done
By Ron Ashkenas
 (15 minutes)

Simple organizations waste less time, can be changed more easily, and are more rewarding to work for. This book shows you how to cut away unnecessary layers of complexity. Find out more about it here!


Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge
By Geoffrey M Bellman

Helena Smalman-Smith reviews this practical and common-sense guide to an issue many of us face – working successfully with others to complete projects when we have little direct authority.


The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference
By Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
 (14 minutes)

Can great oaks really grow from tiny acorns? This book says that they can, and it shows you how taking the right small actions can pay dividends you'd hardly dare imagine.


Stress Management

Learned Optimism
By Martin Seligman
 (15 minutes)

Prominent psychologist Dr Martin Seligman explains why looking on the bright side may be the key to everything, from success at the office to physical health. And he also shows HOW you can become an optimist. Learn more about this influential book.


Communication Skills

The One Minute Negotiator: Simple Steps to Reach Better Agreements
By Don Hutson and George Lucas
 (15 minutes)

You probably negotiate more often than you think, and this book can help you to improve your negotiation skills. Find out more about it here.


Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation
By Sally Hogshead
 (17 minutes)

This book is a comprehensive guide on becoming more captivating and more persuasive. Find out more about it here.


Influencer
By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
 (15 minutes)

The authors of this book believe you need to stop thinking about the end results you want if you're to be successful at influencing others. Find out more about it.


Made to Stick: Why some ideas survive and others die
By Chip and Dan Heath
(15 minutes)

In this book, the authors describe how to make your idea or message utterly memorable with their "six principles of sticky ideas". While their approach draws on insights from the world of advertising, it will work for anyone who needs to communicate powerfully.


How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
 (16 minutes)

Most of us have heard of this book, but few have actually read it. Find out more about it, and the enduring advice it offers!


Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings that Matter
By Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff
 (15 minutes)

Many people find that meetings are a frustrating waste of time. Find out more about this book, which explains how you can run a successful meeting.


The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great In Front of Any Audience
By Carmine Gallo
 (15 minutes)

Steve Jobs – the co-founder and CEO of Apple – is renowned as one of the best presenters in the world. This book explains what he does that grips audiences time and time again. Find out more about it here.


The Back of the Napkin
By Dan Roam
 (14 minutes)

Learn more about this fascinating approach to presenting your ideas visually - designed by a management consultant who turned his back on bullet points and glossy slide packs.


The Exceptional Presenter
By Timothy J Koegel
 (12 minutes)

Learn about this exceptional book, which explains how to make sure that your presentations are stunning - every time.


What Every BODY Is Saying
By Joe Navarro
 (14 minutes)

Learn more about interpreting body language from an FBI Instructor and former Special Agent who's spent his career looking out for criminals' body language confessions.


The Power of Body Language
By Tonya Reiman
 (15 minutes)

Find out about this book on interpreting other people's body language, and learn how to ensure that your body language is giving the messages you intend.


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
 (15 minutes)

When talk turns tense, our emotions can dominate and we can regret what was said. Learn about this book, which explains how to ensure positive outcomes.


Creativity Skills

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
By Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo
 (16 minutes)

This book looks at some new approaches to group creativity that are fun, dynamic, and effective. Find out more about it here.


The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly
By Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott and Tom Callanan
 (18 minutes)

They say that two heads are better than one. But how do you tap into the extraordinary potential of groups? Find out more about this book, which explains just that.


Innovation to the Core
By Peter Skarzynski and Rowan Gibson
 (14 minutes)

Most organizations recognize that innovating is crucial for survival. But few manage to translate these bold words into action. Find out why and, more importantly learn how to make innovation really happen.


Learning Skills

Why We Make Mistakes
By Joseph Hallinan
 (14 minutes)

Learn about the science that explains why people forget passwords, make dumb choices in stores, cause crash crashes, and even miss signs of tumors in x-rays.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knowledge Management
by Melissie Clemens Rumizen
(15 minutes)

In this Book Insight into the Idiot’s Guide to Knowledge Management, find out why Knowledge Management is important, and learn about this guide to building your professional knowledge base.


Career Skills

No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline
By Brian Tracy
 (16 minutes)

This book helps you stop making excuses, so that you can take better control of your life - at work and at home. Find out more about it here.


Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't
By Jeffrey Pfeffer
 (15 minutes)

This controversial book looks at how to play the inevitable "power game" that occurs in many organizations. Find out more about it here.


The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work
By Shawn Achor
 (15 minutes)

Which comes first – success or happiness? This book looks at how achieving happiness first can increase our chances of being successful. Find out more about it here.


It's Not Just Who You Know
By Tommy Spaulding
 (15 minutes)

This book shows you how to have a better life - at work and at home - by building long-lasting relationships. Find out more about it here.


Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected
By Devora Zack
 (16 minutes)

If you struggle with networking, this practical book helps you build connections in a way that will feel more natural. Find out more about it here.


Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts Into Connections
By Ivan Misner, David Alexander, and Brian Hilliard
 (15 minutes)

Having a solid professional network is more important than ever, but most of us dread networking. This step-by-step guide shows us what to do, ask and say so that we not only network more effectively, but also enjoy it more too. Find out more about it here!


Disaster Proof Your Career: Tactics to Survive, Thrive and Keep Ahead in the Workplace
By Patrick Forsyth
 (15 minutes)

"Disaster Proof Your Career" is a practical book that explores how to manage your career path to stay ahead in the workplace. Learn more about it here.


No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth
By Sam Silverstein
 (14 minutes)

This book looks at how you can become more successful by being more accountable for your actions. Find out more about it here.


QBQ!: The Question Behind the Question
By John G Miller
 (15 minutes)

Find out more about this inspiring book that urges us to stop blaming others, and to start being personally accountability at work and in life.


Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
By Seth Godin
 (16 minutes)

"Linchpins" are people who are vital to the smooth running of an organization – and they exist at all levels. This book shows you how to become one. Find out more about it here!


Lead Your Boss: The Subtle Art of Managing Up
By John Baldoni
 (14 minutes)

Leadership doesn't have to come from the top down! This book explains how you can achieve more for your organization - without undermining those in authority - by "leading up". Find out more about it here.


Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman
 (15 minutes)

The concept of emotional intelligence is well-known today, but it only sprang to prominence after the publication of this book. Find out more about it in this Book Insight!


People Styles at Work
By Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton
 (17 minutes)

Got problems with someone at work? According to this book, you could have different "people styles". Find out more here.


Outliers
By Malcolm Gladwell
 (14 minutes)

Learn more about Malcolm Gladwell's theories on what makes us successful – and why we need 10,000 hours to perfect our craft.


Talent Is Overrated
By Geoff Colvin
 (17 minutes)

Find out more about this book's premise: that 'deliberate practice' really can lead to greatness.


Family Wars
By Grant Gordon and Nigel Nicholson
 (14 minutes)

Whether it's big or small, any family business can suffer from sibling rivalry, power struggles, and too much parental control. Learn how to resolve the common disputes that arise when family members work together.


Five Minds for the Future
By Howard Gardner
 (14 minutes)

In this book, psychologist Howard Gardner proposes five "mindsets" that will be essential if we are to survive and thrive in the future. Find out more about this book here.


What Color Is Your Parachute?
By Richard Nelson Bolles  
(15 minutes)

Find out what the latest edition of this classic guide to negotiating the job market can do for YOUR career. With over 9 million copies sold since it was first published, many consider it the most influential career guide ever written.


You, Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself
By Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford Beckwith
 (15 minutes)

Find out why the "art of selling yourself" is a key life skill for everyone, and how to go about it. Although written by two sales professionals, this book's advice applies to far more than regular sales, and offers plenty to anyone who wants to land their dream job, get that promotion, or improve a relationship.


Developing Mental Toughness
By Graham Jones and Adrian Moorehouse
 (15 minutes)

Executives and elite athletes face similar challenges, and can use similar techniques to overcome them. Find out about this book, in which the authors reveal the psychological tools Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorehouse used to turn failure at one games to a gold medal at the next, and then later make the leap to becoming a successful entrepreneur.


Thinking About Tomorrow
By Susan Crandell
 (15 minutes)

Do you ever feel there may be something missing from your successful career? Find out how author, Susan Crandell, says 45 men and women beat their mid-career blues, and gather some ideas for your own future.


What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
By Marshall Goldsmith
(15 minutes)

Celebrity executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows you how to identify the skills you need AND the traits you need to leave behind if you're going to move on in your career. Find out more about this intriguing book.


Get Out of Your Own Way at Work: And help others to do the same
by Mark Goulston
(15 minutes)

There are several simple behaviors which will stop you from advancing up the career ladder – no matter how good your technical skills are. Learn about this book, which describes what these are and how you can avoid them.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Steven R Covey
(16 minutes)

This classic book is a guide to how you can be more effective in all areas of your life. Find out more about it here.


Revved! by Harry Paul and Ross Reck
and Monday Morning Mentoring

by David Cottrell
(15 minutes)

A bumper edition of Book Insights, covering two books. Each explores the softer side of management and leadership, telling the story of someone struggling in his career, who starts getting advice from a wise mentor. Readers learn some gems of advice from the wise mentor, and from his protégée’s experience of implementing it.


Repacking Your Bags
By Richard J Leider and David A Shapiro
(14.3 minutes)

Helena reviews "Repacking Your Bags: Lighten your load for the rest of your life", a life design book that will help you work out where you are now, where you’d like to head next in your work and personal life, and what baggage you do – and don’t – need to get there.  Read by Cathy Faulkner.


Career Intelligence
By Barbara Moses
(14.7 minutes)

Helena reviews "Career Intelligence, the Twelve New Rules for Work and Life Success", a useful book on positioning yourself intelligently to make the most of your opportunities in today's rapidly changing job market. Read by Terry Ozanich.


Shape Your Self
By Martina Navratilova

James Manktelow reviews this powerful lifestyle guide, written by one of the world's most respected athletes. The book explains how to keep yourself fit and full of energy and vitality, so that you can make the most of what life has to offer.


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