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.
“Everything you know about time management is wrong,” says consultant Rory Vaden in this “prequel” to his bestseller, Take the Stairs. People who are successful time “Multipliers” think differently about time management. Most people try to spend their 168 hours per week efficiently, but can only juggle so much so fast. Multipliers invest in themselves. They create systems to handle chores today so they gain free time tomorrow. They eliminate what doesn’t need to be done. They automate processes to save time. They delegate professional and personal tasks. Multipliers “procrastinate on purpose” by waiting until the last minute to do certain tasks because they understand that those jobs’ requirements constantly change. They concentrate on what they must do. Vaden explains why these tactics matter and gives you a menu of tactics to consider. getAbstract recommends his approach to anyone who’s too busy to get anything done.
Rory Vaden | From PROCRASTINATE ON PURPOSE by Rory Vaden. Summarized by arrangement with Perigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House 2015 | 236 pg. | ISBN: 9780399170621
2. Tune In to Wow Leadership
Sheri Staak examines examples of good and bad leadership traits in action, using characters and plotlines from America’s favorite TV shows. She discusses NCIS, Homeland, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many others. Most real-life leaders fall somewhere in the middle on the spectrum from great (“WOW”) to terrible (“DUD”), but Staak’s choices illustrate the extremes. She covers rotten bad guys, like The Simpsons’s evil boss Monty Burns. She admires the leadership traits of better-than-gold good guys, such as cop-show heroes Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS and Steve McGarrett of Hawaii 5-0. She explains that good leaders demonstrate honesty, authenticity, humility, respect for others, and a desire to constantly learn and improve. But the duds are narcissistic, egotistical bullies, who are quick to blame others and can’t communicate. Despite her simplistic premise, readers who like TV will enjoy Staak’s approach. Those not vested in American TV series may have difficulty with her references. getAbstract recommends Staak’s lessons to managers, supervisors and pop-culture fans who’d enjoy finding some actual information amid the merriment and mayhem of television.
Sheri Staak | Greenleaf Book Group 2015 | 248 pg. | ISBN: 9781626340992
3. Taking the Stage
Many women struggle to get ahead in the workplace with no idea that the way they present themselves is holding them back. Leadership trainer Judith Humphrey presents an action-oriented plan to unlock your leadership potential and help you stand up for yourself at work and gain professional respect. She writes in a clear, concise tone, telling anecdotes about her life, friends and clients. In this insightful guidebook for anyone seeking to become a leader, she identifies several common factors – such as body language and word choices – that women must alter to communicate leadership. getAbstract recommends Humphrey’s manual to women in the corporate world and to anyone who might mentor a female future leader.
Judith Humphrey | Copyright © 2014 Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons 2014 | 227 pg. | ISBN: 9781118870259
4. Work Simply
You can be busy without being productive. Your family, boss, clients, computer, cellphone and even your pets vie for your energy and attention. You’ve learned the hard way that most time management programs don’t help. Now, productivity expert Carson Tate offers a system that helps you put an end to inefficient busyness and enables you to develop work strategies that align with your personal “ Productivity Style.” Her 28-question test allows you to diagnose if you are a “Prioritizer, Planner, Arranger or Visualizer.” Learning your productivity type enables you to tailor tools to fit your “cognitive style” and to develop customized systems that boost your productivity. Following this program will help you make sure that you aren’t simply busy – but that you’re productive, as well. getAbstract recommends Tate’s personalized approach to planning, prioritizing and executing to anyone who doesn’t have enough hours in the day.
Carson Tate | From WORK SIMPLY by Carson Tate. Summarized by arrangement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC 2015 | 262 pg. | ISBN: 9781591847304
5. The Creator’s Code
Business strategist Amy Wilkinson shows how the entrepreneurs behind Airbnb, Chipotle Mexican Grill, eBay and other companies used six essential skills to identify problems, invent solutions and build their innovations into blockbuster businesses. Entrepreneurs, including SpaceX’s Elon Musk (also co-founder of PayPal and Tesla) and eBay’s Pierre Omidyar, share the six “essential skills” that make up the “Creator’s Code,” ranging from willingness to fail to unshakable focus on their goals. Anyone who works hard can learn these skills. You’re probably familiar with most of them, since they are staples of standard guides to entrepreneurship. However, Wilkinson’s in-depth interviews illustrating how brilliant “creators” applied these principles in real situations make her narrative distinctive. getAbstract recommends her insights to entrepreneurs, start-ups, small-business owners and everyone with a vision.
Amy Wilkinson | From The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson. Copyright © 2015 by Amy Wilkinson. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2015 | 240 pg. | ISBN: 9781451666052