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.
For many people, becoming a new frontline supervisor or entry-level leader is the most challenging transition in their careers. Organizational psychologists Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins help you climb that ladder in this concise, step-by-step guide to navigating your first management role and launching yourself as a leader. Writing in an accessible, straightforward tone, Byham and Wellins provide much-needed advice and step-by-step instructions for novice managers. Their comprehensive manual touches on a variety of pivotal subjects, such as developing your leadership brand, creating a positive workplace culture, learning to inspire your team, harnessing your power to motivate others and finding your calling as a frontline leader. Each chapter provides reinforcement in the form of tests, practice drills and other aids. getAbstract recommends this toolbox to new leaders as well as to executives looking for a fresh perspective on leading today.
Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins | Wiley 2015 | 288 pg. | ISBN: 9781118911952
People try to multitask to accomplish the many jobs that confront them every day. But multitasking just doesn’t work. In fact, it adds to the time it takes to complete complex tasks. You will do much better if you handle tasks sequentially, one-by-one, and not simultaneously – which is actually impossible. Multitasking is symptomatic of larger societal problems, including alienation, the devaluation of human experience and meaningless relationships according to Devora Zack, a consultant and practitioner of neurolinguistic programming. She explodes the “multitasking myth” and offers a practical alternative – “singletasking” – focusing on one chore at a time – as the way to work and live with greater efficiency and production. Zack lives the sort of frenetic life that seems to demand multitasking, but instead she singletasks successfully. If you are trying to do too much, all at once, getAbstract recommends her fresh alternative to multitasking.
Devora Zack | Berrett-Koehler 2015 | 192 pg. | ISBN: 9781626562615
In 1940, intellectual, philosopher and academic Mortimer J. Adler wrote How to Read a Book, described by Amazon as a “living classic.” Forty years later, he wrote this accompanying volume on speaking and listening, offering the impressive depth of knowledge, intellectual rigor and scholarly panache that distinguished his first book. Adler is well known for popularizing the Western intellectual tradition and making it accessible. A noted public educator, he chaired the board of editors at Encyclopedia Britannica and helped create the Great Books of the Western World program. getAbstract recommends Adler’s personal communications guidebook as thoughtful fare full of worthwhile lessons on how to speak and listen in sharper, more useful ways.
Mortimer J. Adler | From HOW TO SPEAK HOW TO LISTEN by Mortimer J. Adler. Copyright © 1997 by Mortimer J. Adler. Reprinted by permission of Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1997 | 280 pg. | ISBN: 9780684846477
Employee engagement expert Rodd Wagner accurately diagnoses the troublesome state of the modern-day workplace and offers sensible, long-term solutions for employee engagement. After the turmoil of the recession, employees are wary. Employers must guarantee stability if they expect employees to be loyal. To re-establish connection, Wagner suggests organizations start by treating their workers like people instead of “things” or statistics. A healthy dose of humanity can do wonders to repair the damage some companies inflict on their workforces. Wagner anchors his material around 12 logical rules that getAbstract recommends to executives and managers.
Rodd Wagner | McGraw-Hill 2015 | 256 pg. | ISBN: 9780071847780
Behaviorist Susan M. Weinschenk explains how to persuade others to “do stuff” you want done by using the findings of neuroscience and psychology to tap into seven basic human motivational drives: “the need to belong, habits, the power of stories, carrots and sticks, instincts, the desire for mastery,” and “tricks of the mind.” She cites scientific studies that affirm some aspects of the “folk wisdom” of motivation and overturn many others, triggering a revolution in behaviorism. Though Weinschenk skates over issues of potential manipulation, she packs smart insights into her punchy, unflinchingly practical book. getAbstract recommends her guidance to managers, marketers and leaders seeking straightforward, evidence-based strategies for influencing and persuading people.
Susan M. Weinschenk | How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation by Susan M. Weinschenk, PhD. Copyright © 2013, Pearson Education Inc. and New Riders. 2013 | 224 pg. | ISBN: 9780321884503
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