Category: Books

Book Review: The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership

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As you can tell from the title, The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership is about leadership. It’s more like a collection of meditations than an exhaustive treatise on leadership. Steven Sample says, early in the book, that you can read the chapters out of order. If you do that, be sure to read chapter 1 first  »  Read More

Book Review: Knowing Isn’t Doing

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Full disclosure, I worked with Rod on Knowing Isn’t Doing like his two previous books. Those books were excellent, but they were for men and women in commercial real estate. This book is different. It’s for independent workers. If that’s you, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got 40 years  »  Read More

Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/5/20

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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 Humanocracy: Creating Organisations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of  »  Read More

Book Review: Humanocracy

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At the close of his 2007 book, The Future of Management Gary Hamel said this: “For the first time since the dawning of the industrial age, the only way to build a company that’s fit for the future is to build one that’s fit for human beings as well.” That was the challenge in 2007. It’s still  »  Read More

3 Books for Business Leaders that Aren’t Business Books

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Business leaders are readers. But business leaders read more than business books. There’s history and biography. There’s science, including psychology and sociology and anthropology. Business leaders read about art. They read fiction, too. Here are three recent books from the history and biography part of the  »  Read More

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