Books are store house of immense knowledge and wisdom to learn from. Here are six books that will help you gain new skills, build better teams… and become an even better you.
The Cultural Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
Daniel Coyle should be considered the Stephen King of practical, useful in everyday life (as opposed to “that was interesting, but what do I actually do with it?) non-fiction. Everything he writes is gold.
The Culture Code is no exception. Dan went inside incredibly successful organizations like the San Antonio Spurs, Pixar, and SEAL Team Six to uncover three key skills that explain how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. He shows that great teams don’t just have that special “something” — they have leaders who intentionally build them into something great.
Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need
Leading, truly leading is hard. And intimidating. And stressful. That’s why so many people adopt some sort of leadership persona, in effect acting like we think leaders should behave. But if you want to be a great leader, you need to have the courage to be yourself. Kimberly Davis shows you how to genuinely connect, to be genuinely influential, and how to truly lead people to get the results you and they need.
Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
Shawn Anchor is the king of personal happiness. (His bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, is great.) But personal happiness is also “Small Potential” — a limited degree of success that we can achieve on our own. “Big Potential” is what we can achieve with other people. When you help others reach their goals, you can reach your goals — and you can all be happier.
Can’t beat that.
The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders
Botelho and Powell sifted through a huge amount of data to uncover what makes a great CEO. It turns out that while the usual suspects like education and connections are important, what really matters is that great CEOs are decisive, reliable, deliver what they promise without exception, boldly adapt to changing conditions, and engage with stakeholders without avoiding conflict. And it turns out that many have failed along the way — sometimes in a really big way.
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
By Jeff Haden, if you want to accomplish something big — or even something small — and have been waiting for motivation to strike, this book is for you. Motivation isn’t something you get — motivation is something you create, on your own, by following a process that allows you to improve, bit by bit.
That means you already have everything inside you that you need to achieve your goals. You just need a process guaranteed to allow you to enjoy those small successes so that you get small, steady doses of motivation every day along your journey to success — as well as to becoming whatever it is you hope to become.
The Effective Executive
By the famous Peter Drucker, Execution is key, and that means getting “the right things done.” An oldie but a goodie, this classic still occupies the shelves of many leaders. In it, he explains how although some are natural-born leaders, there are skills that can be developed to make a better executive.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Nobel Prize winner and psychologist Daniel Kahneman breaks down our thought patterns into two sectors: the impulsive, emotional System 1 and the logical, deliberate System 2. Knowing when you are using one—when you should be using the other—could be the key to better, more effective business decisions.