Forget a mentor, find a sponsor : the new way to fast-track your career / Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
“Great career advice: Yes mentors matter; sponsors are crucial…As a “how to get on in life and business” topic mentorship has been talked about for years. What Sylvia Hewlett addresses in this book is why mentorship is great … but not enough. What you really need she argues are “sponsors” – so not just a person who gives you quiet advice 1-on-1 over over coffee. But someone who advocates for you when you are not in the room – someone who uses their organizational/political capital to advance your interests, albeit as part of a compact where both sides benefit. Based on concrete research and crucially giving advice about the way to proceed, and potential pitfalls along the way, Sylvia Hewlett’s book is an important contribution to the understanding of how organizations work and how to get ahead! (Amazon reviewer)
The up side of down : why failing well is the key to success / Megan McArdle.
“Multiple iterations almost always beats single-minded focus around a single idea.” We don’t have to get it right the first time, or even a majority of times. Instead, it is in getting things wrong that we learn to ultimately get them right. Megan McArdle writes a fun, engaging, and convincing book that tells us success is often learned through failure… Her style reminded me of Gladwell – her writing is readable, and loaded with relevant, interesting stories. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like fiction. McArdle’s book could benefit anyone, regardless of vocation or political beliefs”. (Amazon reviewer)
Strategic partnering : remove chance and deliver consistent success / Luc Bardin, Raphaël Bardin, and Guillaume Bardin.
” Successful partnerships have always been a critical source of business growth and are becoming ever more essential in today’s connected economy. However, even as companies become increasingly inter dependent, strategic partnering today fails far more often than it succeeds because it is approached as an art instead of a science. BP executive, Luc Bardin, presents a clear, easy to use model for partnering that has evolved from feedback and examples from the world’s leading CEOs and companies. His model includes a practical, well tried set of rules and methods and treats partnering as a process. He provides a guide for the many aspects of cooperation, including selecting a strategic partner, building relationships, designing the partnership vision and plan, developing a core value proposition and how to measure outcomes. Packed with case studies from leading Fortune 100 companies and personal interviews with their C Suite level executives, Strategic Partnering provides a useful roadmap for a successful partnership”– Provided by publisher.
Ready to be a thought leader? : how to increase your influence, impact, and success / Denise Brosseau.
“Brosseau, leadership entrepreneur, presents her blueprint for galvanizing others to rally around our ideas. She defines thought leaders as change agents whose intentions and efforts are aligned to improve the world and who then choose to have a more significant impact by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and lessons learned with others . . . for sustainable evolutionary and revolutionary change. The author presents her seven-step process for transitioning from leader to thought leader, which includes finding your driving passion; testing your ideas and opinions with knowledgeable contacts for feedback; attracting supporters and those who can champion your plan; finding the courage to lead and to risk your reputation to espouse a new direction or vision; codifying, testing, and refining your plan for others to follow; learning how to be discoverable and to connect with those who can build on your ideas; and learning how to gain traction for your ideas locally, nationally, and internationally. While her book is clearly an infomercial for her business, the author does offer valuable insight and strategies that will contribute to the growing leadership industry.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)
The power of understanding people : the key to strengthening relationships, increasing sales, and enhancing organizational performance / Dave Mitchell.
“Dave Mitchell is both hysterical and thought-provoking. He uses great examples and anecdotes to further explain what motivates people and drives their behavior, which makes reading this book feel like an enjoyable conversation. I have utilized his approach in countless interactions and am always impressed with how easy it is to overcome obstacles simply by understanding the behavior cues of others…I have bookmarked, highlighted and re-referenced this book many times from many different perspectives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be a more effective leader, co-worker, professional, friend or partner. Whether you are in a situation that requires new techniques on conflict resolution, or if you are simply wanting to sharpen your communication skills, this book is a must-read.” (Amazon reviewer)
Leading high performance / Murray Eldridge.“Guide your career and your business like an athlete with this excellent leadership guide
Thought provoking, instructive and constructive. I love the concept of using the principles of coaching a sport to those of running a high performance company. Murray Eldridge offers practical guidance to being a good leader/coach, setting goals and objectives, talent selection and appraisals, driving performance and performing well yourself….Based generally around the notion that coaches and competitors in sport have nowhere to hide when it comes to their performance; shouldn’t it be possible to emulate that in the business world? The author provides a step-by-step journey to driving the best performance from yourself and your people. “Leading High Performance” is the new handbook for successful organizations!” (Amazon reviewer)