Book recommendations for business leaders: 11/9/20

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Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to reviews of Beyond Great: Nine Strategies for Thriving in an Era of Social Tension, Economic Nationalism, and Technological Revolution, Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life, Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change, The Leader Launchpad: Five Steps to Fuel Your Business and Lift Your Profits, How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices, and Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin’ Donuts.. Plus. Michael McKinney’s First Look at new releases for November 2020.

From BCG: How to Build Sustainable Business Advantage in a World Where Great Is No Longer Good Enough

“Great performance in the 21st century is all about delivering consistently strong returns to shareholders—right? Wrong. That may have been true in the 20th century, when the rules of the business game were predictable, but not today.”

From Kellogg Insight: here Are 168 Hours in the Week. Are You Spending Them on What Matters?

“Trying to achieve more balance in your life? Harry Kraemer has an exercise for you.”

From Skip Prichard: Become a Hyper-Learner and Adapt to the Speed of Change

“I was fascinated by Ed Hess’ approach to the topic and his book Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change is a must-read for aspiring leaders. Edward D. Hess is a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He has written thirteen books and been featured in hundreds of global media outlets. I welcomed the opportunity to talk about his research.”

From SmartBrief on Leadership: A person’s character is the foundation of great leaders

“This post is an excerpt from “The Leader Launchpad” (August 2020, Amplify Publishing) by Howard M. Shore”

From Wharton: Making Good Decisions: A Toolkit

“Former professional poker player and best-selling author Annie Duke knows a lot about how to make good decisions under tough circumstances. In her new book, How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices, Duke provides a toolkit for readers who want to make smart decisions in any situation. Wharton operations, information and decisions professor Katy Milkman recently spoke with Duke about her inspiration for the book, its lessons, and the most important takeaway.”

From Chief Executive: What 35 Years As A CEO Taught Me About Leadership

“The following is an excerpt from Robert Rosenberg’s new leadership book, out this week, Around the Corner to Around the World: A Dozen Lessons I Learned Running Dunkin’ Donuts. As CEO for three and a half decades, Rosenberg led Dunkin’ Donuts from regional family business to one of America’s best-known brands, and in the 21 years the company was public, he earned investors a 35 percent compound rate of return. The selection below highlights the sixth of 12 lessons he explores in the book. For more great leadership advice, check out this recent Q&A.”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for November 2020

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.

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