My business purpose is to help people create and discover great business books. One way I do that is by writing book reviews that I intend to be both thorough and helpful. Doing a good book review takes time and I’ll never have enough time for all the books I want to read or review.
There are books by people whose work I admire that I’ll never get around to reviewing. That’s why I’m posting this. Here are descriptions of three books that I think you should consider buying and reading based on what I know about the book and the author.
Build An A-Team by Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson writes great stuff. I loved her first book, Dare, Dream, Do. A couple of years ago, she published Disrupt Yourself. At the time, I thought it was a book that would have legs, and I was right. People are still buying it, reading it, and benefiting from it. Now Whitney’s got a new book out. The title is Build An A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. I see it as an extension of Disrupt Yourself to the outer world. I don’t think it’s too strong to say that it mirrors Peter Drucker’s effective pairing of The Effective Executive and Managing for Results.
Bottom line for me: Whitney’s got it right about the power of learning and the importance of teams.
The Long-Distance Leader by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
I love it when two people I really respect do good work together. Wayne and Kevin both do great work by themselves, and they got together to cofound The Remote Leadership Institute. Now they’ve written a book about remote leadership.
I had the opportunity and privilege to see an early draft of The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership, and I can tell you one thing for sure: Kevin and Wayne put an important message at the core of the book. While the reality and popularity of remote teams is new, the principles of leadership haven’t changed one bit.
Bottom line for me: If you’re challenged to lead a team with any remote members, this book should be on your must-read list.
Leading Morale by Kate Nasser
Kate is known as “The People Skills Coach.” For years now I’ve read her short, insightful blog posts. She’s a regular on the list of finalists for the five best independent blog posts of the week. If you’re leading a team of any size today, your jobs are to get the job done through the team and help the team members succeed. Now she’s packaged her wisdom in Leading Morale: The People Skills to Stop Negativity & Ignite Contributions.
Bottom line for me: Your work is people work, and the skills you need to develop are people skills. This book will help.