It's that time of the year where the office starts clearing out, and everyone starts going on vacations. While the office is quiet, your team should take the time to brush up on your business education, especially reading. Check out my recommendation of 5 books everyone in your organization, especially your leaders, should be reading.
1. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Paterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
We all know most people do not like confrontation, but we have to do deal with it. Using Crucial Conversations training, you can begin to have those tough discussions in your business without fear of retribution or backlash. Last year, one of the acclaimed authors of this great book, Joseph Grenny, spoke at our Breakthrough Conference. He was a revelation to listen to; if he can still have a relationship with someone he sent to prison, you can have that tough conversation at work!
2. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Knowing and playing to your strengths can be the difference between losing deals and winning deals. Recently, our team took a few days to do StrengthsFinder training. It was informative and really helped us understand each other. You start by taking a test based on situations and personality. After taking the test, you receive your top five strengths. It's usually less of an earth shattering realization of your strengths, and more a deeper understanding of who you are and how you can use that to your advantage. Tom Hoff from Gallup is a keynote speaker at our 2017 Breakthrough Conference. Following his keynote, Tom will co-present a breakout session with Patrick Mieritz on building a Strengths-based culture.
3. Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth by Patrick Thean
A little bit of shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone, and being a best seller on Amazon, we know what we are talking about. Get your teams executing better and faster using the rhythm system.
4. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
While not necessarily a hard and fast business book, this on does delve deep into workers' rights and working conditions in the early 20th century. "But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come."
5. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
Sandberg's latest book comes after the sudden death of her husband. Again, it isn't explicitly a business book, but still a good read. "Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. 'I want Dave,' she cried. Her friend replied, 'Option A is not available,' and then promised to help her make the most of Option B. We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it."
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