With help from getAbstract, the world’s largest library of business book summaries, Working World takes a quick look at the TOP 5 Business Books.
1. What Your Boss Really Wants from You
Whether your boss is a perfect leader or a witless fiend, you must get along. To that end, leadership consultant Steve Arneson offers a guidebook that will help angst-ridden employees with baffling bosses. His 15 strategic questions can guide those who work for one of the four types of bad bosses: “the insecure boss,” “the ego-driven boss,” “the control-freak boss” or the “career-focused boss.” Some of Arneson’s counsel may seem a little overly focused on the boss as a person (like keeping a journal of your supervisor’s moods) and some is overly optimistic. For example, such suggestions as, “Stop talking about your boss negatively and start talking…objectively,” only work if you can discover your boss’s redeeming qualities. Helpfully, Arneson also includes advice for those who have a good boss or, at least, an OK one and want to improve their relationship. getAbstract suggests this manual to anyone with a boss, especially a problem boss. And if you are a boss seeking some insight, here’s what the world of work looks like from your team’s perspective.
Steve Arneson | Berrett-Koehler 2014 | 120 pg. | ISBN: 9781626560772
2. The Road to Reinvention
Josh Linkner, also the author of the bestseller Disciplined Dreaming, offers dozens of inspirational stories about pioneering mavericks to motivate you to start “disrupting.” Every story will make you question your ambition, drive and commitment. The book is exhausting in all the right ways – a wake-up call for the complacent, for anyone stuck in a comfortable rut, and for organizations at the top of their game that, unknowingly, may already be on the road to their demise. Are you ready to take action to change your life or radically alter your company’s direction? You’ll appreciate an unusual central character, the city of Detroit, which pops up throughout to demonstrate hard times and the “grit” you need to reinvent constantly. getAbstract believes that no matter what work you do or at what level, Linkner’s tales will inspire you.
Josh Linkner | Copyright © 2014 Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons 2014 | 223 pg. | ISBN: 9780470923436
3. Make Waves
Instigating change can seem like a daunting task that is best left to business visionaries like Steve Jobs or world leaders like Nelson Mandela. Consultant Patti Johnson believes that anyone at any level of influence can start a powerful change. The secret is to be observant enough to spot openings and proactive enough to take action. When you see a need, you can start an expanding wave that can sweep through your company, your industry, your community and even the whole world. Johnson offers tips on finding opportunities for change and attracting others to your cause, but her book isn’t primarily a step-by-step manual. Instead, along with useful charts and sample questions, she offers inspiring stories and profiles of innovators to show how to cultivate a “Wave Maker” mind-set. getAbstract recommends her invitation to be a change maker to start-up entrepreneurs, problem solvers and leaders who want to cultivate organizational change.
Patti Johnson | Bibliomotion 2014 | 256 pg. | ISBN: 9781937134914
Your happiness, health and career depend on your mind-set and emotional maturity. In fact, you may swing from one end of the spectrum to the other as you read this dense, repetitive, yet deeply illuminating, encompassing work. Neuroscientist Alan Watkins explains that your body can unlock a level of intelligence that is greater than your mind normally accesses. He details how having control of your emotions matters to your life and your career. To use his advice, focus on your breathing, the start point of everything related to health, success and happiness. Depending on your openness to counsel, getAbstract recommends Watkins’ wisdom, logic and advice as well as his techniques for emotional growth.
Alan Watkins | Kogan Page 2013 | 352 pg. | ISBN: 9780749470050
5. Leading Procurement Strategy
Procurement – once known merely as “purchasing” or “supply” – used to be a business backwater with no prestige. Today, procurement is increasingly important as a strategic differentiator. The way procurement executives plan, organize and manage your supply chain is the “only source of sustainable competitive advantage remaining today.” This collection of informed essays by supply-chain experts Carlos Mena, Remko van Hoek, Martin Christopher and others details the current best practices in this crucial area. getAbstract recommends this anthology as an indispensable minicourse on corporate procurement and its likely future direction.
Carlos Mena, Remko van Hoek and Martin Christopher | Kogan Page 2014 | 248 pg. | ISBN: 9780749470333
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