Recommended Books

    As we strive to provide great service for our members we have put together a list of books that include topics such as:  Project Management, Leadership, Teams, and more

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    Below you will find the start of a list of recommended books!

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    by Susan Craig

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

    In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.

    Up Your Game - 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top
    by David Bradford

    No matter where you are on your career trajectory, a new college graduate, a CEO, or anywhere in between, networking is essential to your success. Here, David Bradford shows us “network” doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Bradford, “the Bottle cap Kid,” rose from humble beginnings to become CEO of two of the country’s top 50 tech companies and is arguably the most connected human in the world. In this book, he shares with us his six “UP Principles”—the very same strategies he attributes to his tremendous success. If you want to accelerate your move to the top professionally, or desire to build more and deeper personal relationships, Up Your Game is the answer. “David has always had a passion for hiring top talent and connecting people to opportunity. It is reflected in the teams he has built at outstanding companies like Novell and FusionIo. Up Your Game tells the story of how he gets it done.” —Steve Wozniak, Inventor of the Apple Computer, Chief Scientist, Fusion-Io “Success in business—and in life—revolves around relationships with others; Bradford describes how one can effectively and meaningfully connect with others.


    Naked Project Management: the Bare Facts
    by Dennis Lock

    Books about project management are plentiful. The best of those books are too comprehensive for the person faced for the first time with managing a small and relatively straightforward project, or for the student studying for a degree or business qualification in which project management is only one of several modules. But, at the other extreme too many of the simpler books treat project management lightly, gloss over or ignore some essential processes, and even get the facts wrong and give incorrect examples. Naked Project Management is an introductory guide to the world of project management from one of the world's most accomplished project management authors. Lock has stripped project management down to its bare facts - simplifying everything but trivializing nothing. So there is sound practical advice here on how to organize and manage a small or medium sized project. The book is written in the direct jargon-free style that has become Dennis Lock's hallmark. Everything is carefully explained and supported with clear diagrams. It covers all the essential aspect of project management using astonishingly few words. But this book also provides further instruction by means of an entertaining case study project that flows logically through the chapters from beginning to end. Degree and other students for whom project management is an elective or small part of their course will love this compact time-saving and reasonably priced study resource.

    Once Upon a Cow
    by Camilo Cruz Ph. D and Victor Hansen

    In this empowering book, bestselling author and speaker Dr. Camilo Cruz helps readers identify the hidden excuses that hold them back-even the most entrenched ones-and open the door to greater success and fulfillment. Inspired by a brief parable in which a family of farmers learns to thrive without their beloved (yet costly and unproductive) cow, this upbeat book speaks to readers of every age and lifestyle, helping them take ownership of their choices and their lives.

    Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking when Stakes are High -
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan     

    The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to: Prepare for high-stakes situations Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue Make it safe to talk about almost anything Be persuasive, not abrasive.

    You: Being More effective in your MBTI Type 
    by Michael M. Lombardo, Robert W. Eichinger

    YOU: Being More Effective in Your MBTI® Type is the only research-based leadership development book built around the 16 personality types measured by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, and the 20 facets underlying those types (MBTI® Step II). YOU is a book of development tools and tips designed to help you be more effective personally and professionally through greater understanding of personality types.

    The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, School, and Societies
    by Scott E. Page

    In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. The Difference is about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities.

    The Difference reveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality. Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and Page proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, he explains why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory. He examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems, and along the way offers fascinating and surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago "El" to the truth about where we store our ketchup.

    Page changes the way we understand diversity--how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.

    Outliers: The Story of Success
    by Malcolm Gladwell

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

    His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

    Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
    by Malcolm Gladwell 

    Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.

    Or should he have?

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwellchallenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

    Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms---all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

    In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers---The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw---David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

    Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown 

    A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.

    Please Understand Me: Temperament, Character, Intelligence
    by David Keirsey  

    For the past twenty years Keirsey has continued to investigate personality differences — to refine his theory of the four temperaments and to define the facets of character that distinguish one from another. His findings form the basis of Please Understand Me II, an updated and greatly expanded edition of the book, far more comprehensive and coherent than the original, and yet with much of the same easy            
    accessibility. One major addition is Keirsey's view of how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles.

    Deep Survival: Who lives, Who Dies, and Why
    by Laurence Gonzales  

    What impels people to risk their lives by climbing mountains or deep-sea diving? What confluence of forces leads to drastic accidents? Why do some people survive disasters while others perish? A renowned journalist intrigued with risk, Gonzales conducts an in-depth and engrossing inquiry into the dynamics of survival. Relating one hair-raising true story after another about wilderness adventures gone catastrophically wrong and other calamities, Gonzales draws on sources as diverse and compelling as the Stoic philosophers and neuroscience to elucidate the psychological, physiological, and spiritual strengths that enable certain individuals to avoid fatal panic and make that crucial "transition from victim to survivor." People who survive being lost or adrift at sea, for instance, pay close attention to their surroundings and respect the wild. Gonzales also notes that survivors think of others, either helping a fellow sufferer or rallying to outsmart death in order to spare loved ones anguish. The study of survival offers an illuminating portal into the human psyche, and Gonzales, knowledgeable and passionate, is a compelling and trustworthy guide.

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    by Carol Dweck 

    World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset.

    Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

    The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
    by Patrick Lencioni

    In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

    Strengths Finder 2.0
    by Tom Rath

    Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

    Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

    To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents.

    In its latest national bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more (see below for details). While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades.

    Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever.

    Available exclusively in StrengthsFinder 2.0:
    (using the unique access code included with each book)

    * A new and upgraded edition of the StrengthsFinder assessment
    * A personalized Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying your strengths in the next week, month, and year
    * A more customized version of your top five theme report
    * 50 Ideas for Action (10 strategies for building on each of your top five themes).

    Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - by Seth Godin

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? 

    Face it, the checklist of tired 'P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed -Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few-aren't working anymore. There's an exceptionally important 'P' that has to be added to the list. It's Purple Cow. 

    Cows, after you've seen one, or two, or ten, are boring. A Purple Cow, though...now that would be something. Purple Cow describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat out unbelievable. Every day, consumers come face to face with a lot of boring stuff-a lot of brown cows-but you can bet they won't forget a Purple Cow. And it's not a marketing function that you can slap on to your product or service. Purple Cow is inherent. It's built right in, or it's not there. Period. 

    In Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It's a manifesto for marketers who want to help create products that are worth marketing in the first place.

    QBQ: The Question Behind the Question
    by John G. Miller  

    QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, already a phenomenon in its self-published edition, addresses the most important issue in business and society today: personal accountability.

    The lack of personal accountability has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization-or individual-can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.

    The solution involves an entirely new approach. We can no longer ask, "Who dropped the ball?" "Why can't they do their work properly?" or "Why do we have to go through all these changes?" Instead, every individual has to ask the question behind the question: "How can I improve this situation?" "What can I contribute?" or "How can I make a difference?"

    Succinct, insightful, and practical, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question provides a method for putting personal accountability into daily action, which can bring astonishing results: problems get solved, barriers come down, service improves, teamwork grows, and people adapt to change.

    Getting Things Done - by David Allen 

    In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant 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. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

    * Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
    * Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
    * Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
    * Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
    * Feel fine about what you're not doing

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness
    Joseph A. Maciariello

    A year-long leadership development course, divided into short, weekly lessons, based on Peter Drucker's personal coaching program, previously unpublished material, and selected readings from the management guru's classic works, compiled by his longtime collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello.

    A Year with Peter Drucker distills the essence of Peter Drucker's personal mentorship program into an easy-to-follow 52-week course, exploring the themes Drucker felt were most important to leadership development, including:

    • Leaders Must Set Sights on the Important and not the Urgent—a key differentiator between a subordinate and a chief.

    • Management is a Human Activity—Process must serve people, in and out of the organization.

    • The Roadmap to Personal Effectiveness—the importance of mission and doing the Right Things not just Getting Things Done.

    • The critical importance of leadership succession especially at top ranks of the organization.

    Each weekly management meditation includes a lesson and a message or anecdote taken from Drucker's extensive body of work, as well as suggestions for further reading, reflective questions, and quick, easy prompts to help readers incorporate the knowledge they've learned into their daily work.

    A lifetime of wisdom brilliantly honed into a single essential volume by Drucker's collaborator Joseph A. Maciariello, A Year with Peter Drucker gives both lifelong Drucker fans and young executives now discovering his brilliance an invaluable opportunity to learn directly from the late master.

    Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
    by Mike Clayton  

    Be a force to be reckoned with. Be a Powerhouse.

    Are you owning everything in your life? Are you in control, with a plan, making everything you do count? Are you performing optimally and making an impact? If not, why not? It's time to step up and be bold, be effective, be a Powerhouse. Let Mike Clayton show you how to raise your personal effectiveness to dynamic levels and completely overhaul your life at work and at home. Lock down your purpose then develop the forceful focus of a true achiever. You'll learn how to make solid decisions, stand up for those decisions and garner unwavering support from others. You'll find expert advice for deciding what matters, and practical tips for turning intentions into determined actions so you can achieve what you want.

    As a powerhouse you'll be able to meet any challenge head on and deal with anything. You'll be performing at your peak and firmly on your way to outstanding success. * Define your purpose and boost your focus and performance * Make the right choices about how you spend your time * Be someone everybody wants to work with to get stuff done * Have a clear, strategic approach to your productivity

    A true powerhouse bursts with energy and purpose, elevating the performance and brightening the outlook of everyone around them. To get there, you need to drill down to the core of your problems, and craft a strategic solution. Powerhouse provides the roadmap, and you just need to begin the journey.