2018 has delivered on some outstanding managerial reads and we are not even through the year. You may have some mindless beach reads on tap for the summer, but it is also the prime season to dig into some of these worthwhile industry books, too. We’ve curated a short list of recommendations. Some of these books view management through a creative lens, others offer the latest research on subjects that matter most to your industry. Here are a four that may prove valuable to shaping your approach to management.
- Superconnector by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh
Authors Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh are the CEO and COO, respectively, of CommunityCo, which they founded in 2015 to build and manage membership communities for global brands. CommunityCo’s philosophy is “build a community, not an audience.” This philosophy is foundational to their book SuperConnector, emphasizing the importance of forging authentic relationships rather than siphoning professional connections (which networking often implies). In this book, they offer a different spin on professional networking called Vision-Executing-Profiting. You will be able to identify what kind of “connector” you are and how to leverage this in business.
- The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
In The Culture Code, author Daniel Coyle, who has studied teams and corporate culture ( including Pixar, the US Navy SEAL Team Six, and the Cleveland Indians) has identified the three determinants of group success: safety, shared risk, and purpose. This book may be of particular use to first-time managers who are trying to suss out team dynamics, identifying group members’ strengths and weaknesses and effectively communicating goals and commending progress.Coyle also wrote the 2009 bestseller The Talent Code, in which he taught readers how to maximize their own talent.
- Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need by Kimberly Davis
Written by former actress and current MBA professor Kimberly Davis, Brave Leadership meets managers where they are and helps them to cultivate the leader within themselves. Davis emphasizes the importance of nurturing authentic leadership, rather than trying to adopt a cookie-cutter leadership persona; acting like they think leaders should behave. This may also prove a valuable resource for the new front-line manager who is striving to have the courage to be herself while also engaging a successful team.
- Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor
If you haven’t picked up Achor’s book that arrived at shelves earlier this year, chances are you’ve already watched his TEDTalk on the happy secret to better work. In Achor’s latest book, Big Potential, this Harvard-bred researcher discusses what many front-line managers have already realized: that working with others and helping others to achieve their goals, nets us much more happiness than if trying to succeed in isolation.
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