CEO Book Club: March
Six of the finest tomes that captured our attention this month
Blue Ocean Leadership by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne: Kim and Mauborgne are the INSEAD professors who came up with ‘blue ocean strategy’, a model for discovering markets that are ripe for growth. Here, they examine how to close the gap between the potential and the realised talent and energy of employees. The Management Book by Richard Newton: This book is structured with the busy manager in mind. You can dip into any section of the book and read it as an individual piece of advice, or read it end-to-end to gain an overall picture of management. The Leader’s Guide to Managing People: by Mike Brent and Fiona Dent: Coaching, motivating, team building and influencing are all essential for getting the most out of the people around you. Commonly described as ‘soft skills’, there’s nothing soft about the impact they will have on your business performance. Managing Difficult People in a Week: Teach Yourself by David Cotton: The ability to manage difficult people is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career. Written by a leadership and management trainer, this book will tell you what you need to know to successfully manage difficult people. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us by Jonathan Taplin: A call to arms, to say that enough is enough and to demand that we do everything in our power to create a different future. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: In this revelatory book, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang offers a way for us to be more productive and fulfilled in all areas of our lives. Working better does not mean putting in longer hours: it means working less and resting better.