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Tough Choices: A Memoir
Any person facing an uphill corporate climb will gain strength from Carly’s story. I had the privilege of studying Carly’s leadership for a doctoral research project and in preparation for a presentation on leadership. While I have never met her personally, I presented a paper that identified her as an authentic leader who operated in the face of bullying and discrimination. Carly is a collaborative leader and her book helps show the pattern for breaking through to make a difference as a leader.
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How Did That Happen? Recommended by Alex Shootman. Holding people accountable for results the positive, principled way – this book is a recipe for driving execution in your organization with principles.
Moments of Truth. Recommended by Alex Shootman. How do you think about organizing the company to service the customer? Jan Carlzon, CEO of Scandinavia Airlines (SAS) shows how to adapt to the new customer-driven economy.
Biography of Alexander Hamilton. Recommended by Alex Shootman. Time is cyclical – leaders learn from history how to work with the present and future. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton.
The Fourth Turning. Recommended by Alex Shootman. As a leader you have to be a predictor, and this book provides a framework based on what the cycles of history tell us about America’s next rendezvous with destiny.
Strength Finders. Recommended by Jennifer Smith. Leaders have to know who they are as leaders. Too often, our natural talents go untapped. Developing strengths is a far better effort than constantly fixing shortcomings
First, Break All the Rules. Recommended by Jennifer Smith. What the world’s greatest managers do differently – Gallop presents findings of a study of more than 80,000 managers – revealing what the great managers do differently.
Crossing the Unknown Sea. Recommended by Jennifer Smith. What does it mean to be human in the workplace? This book is about reuniting the imagination with our day to day lives. It shows how poetry and practicality, far from being mutually exclusive, reinforce each other to give every aspect of our lives meaning and direction.
Man’s Search for Meaning. Recommended by Gordon Whitehead. Viktor Frankl’s classic memoir. Life in Nazi death camps, lessons for spiritual survival, coping with suffering…we can find meaning in life and that meaning shapes our purpose as we move forward.
The Workforce Scorecard Recommended by: Eileen Kunze To maximize the power of the workforce, organizations must meet view the workforce in terms of contribution rather than cost; focus on strategic impact; and make line managers and HR professionals jointly responsible for executing initiatives.
Great by Choice Recommended by: Eileen Kunze Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty? Based on nine years of research,buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times.
The Leadership Pipeline Recommended by: Eileen Kunze Leadership at every level is needed for company survival. Yet the leadership pipeline –the internal strategy to grow leaders – in many companies is dry or nonexistent. The authors show how organizations can develop leadership.
The 2020 Workplace Recommended by: Eileen Kunze A must-read guide to the innovative strategies that the best companies are using to create a workplace that the best talent chooses—both today and in 2020. In The 2020 Workplace, you will find a battle plan to start winning tomorrow’s employees today.
Leading Change Recommended by: Susan Madsen John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers.
Let Your Life Speak Recommended by: Susan Madsen Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, Parker Palmer shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives. Gordon Whitehead also loves this book.
The Courage to Teach Recommended by: Susan Madsen Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts…
Women in Leadership in Higher Education Recommended by: Susan Madsen Women and Leadership in Higher Education is the first volume in a new series of books (Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice) that will be published in upcoming years to inform leadership scholars and practitioners. This book links theory, research, and practice of women’s leadership in various higher education contexts and offers suggestions for future leadership development strategies.
Stand Back and Deliver
Written and Recommended by: Niel Nickolaisen
Whether you’re leading an organization, a team, or a project, this book gives you the agile leadership tools needed to achieve breakthrough levels of performance.
Women as Global Leaders Recommended by: Susan Madsen Women as Global Leaders is the second volume in the new Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series published for the International Leadership Association by IAP. Global leadership is an emerging area of research, with only a small but growing published literature base. More specifically, the topic of women’s advances and adventures in leading within the global context is barely covered in the existing leadership literature.
Women as Global Leaders Recommended by: Susan Madsen This volume explores areas of women’s leadership in four regions around the world: the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. The goal for this volume is to provide readers with explorations of women’s experiences as leaders, including recent research studies, analysis and interpretation of statistics unpacking the status of women in various sectors and countries, stories of influential women leaders with national or local spheres of influence, and including recommendations for positive change to increase women’s access to positions of authority.
Four Disciplines of Execution Recommended by: Eileen Kunze The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following The 4 Disciplines: Focusing on the Wildly Important, Acting on Lead Measures, Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard, Creating a Cadence of Accountability leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.
Four Disciplines of Execution Recommended by: Eileen Kunze For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers a practical look at how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction—and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time–killing, bureaucratic check–and–balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.