Book recommendations for business leaders: 3/8/21

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of Think Again: The Power Of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, Laziness Does Not Exist, Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues, and Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company. Plus there’s Michael McKinney’s list of leadership books scheduled for release in March 2021.

From Wharton: Why You Need a ‘Challenge Network’

“In the following excerpt from his new book, Think Again, Wharton management professor Adam Grant explains why success often comes from surrounding ourselves with ‘disagreeable’ people – skeptics who can point out blind spots, question assumptions and help us overcome our weaknesses.”

From Daniel Akst: Detective story

“Every workplace has its strains. But managing in a truly high-stress environment presents unique challenges. If you’re looking for guidance from beyond the world of business, look no further than David Simon’s remarkable book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.”

From the Next Big Idea Club: Laziness Does Not Exist

“Devon Price is a social psychologist, writer, activist, and professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Price’s work has appeared in numerous publications such as Slate, The Rumpus, NPR, and HuffPost. Below, Devon shares 5 key insights from their new book, Laziness Does Not Exist.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues

“Building exceptional relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Who wouldn’t want that? Think about it this way – when our relationships get better, we get better. We are happier, less stressed, and we can get better outcomes for ourselves and others. Today, I’m recommending a book that helps define exceptional relationships and points the way toward them.”

From Skip Prichard: Tackle Your Culture Renovation

“Kevin Oakes is the head of one of the world’s leading HR research firms, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). His book CULTURE RENOVATION: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company contains Kevin’s extensive experience and research into turning cultures into agile, innovative, and resilient powerhouses. I reached out to talk with him about his book.”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for March 2021

“Here’s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March 2021. Don’t miss out on other great new and future releases not listed here.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Monday is “Book Day.” Come back for book reviews, reading lists and other reading-related posts.

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