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The Authentic Leader

The Authentic Leader

Neil Thompson

The author distinguishes a realistic from a simplistic "Authentic Leadership". In the real world everyone is subject to different influences and experiences so assuming standardised values (what WE call Principled Leadership) is misguided. We vary in how we see things; objectivity is subjective and all facts are contextual. Thompson goes quite deeply into the existential philosophy behind it so you may want to be selective. Also available in Kindle.

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Death by Meetings

Death by Meetings

Patrick Lencioni

Another Lencioni business parable. This one should prune the time you spend in meetings.

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The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results

The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results

Stephen Bungay

Executing strategy is an enduring management problem. There is often a significant gap between what managers plan, what they do and the outcomes they achieve. In The Art of Action Stephen Bungay finds a fresh approach and effective solutions from an unexpected source – the nineteenth-century Prussian Army, famous for its agility and grounded in the initiative of its highly empowered junior officers at the operational level of war. He describes how these tactics were subsequently adopted by the British army, and explores in detail how they can be applied in the business arena. Drawing on his experience as a senior manager, business consultant and as one of the UK's best-respected military historians, he offers readers a clear and engaging guide to building better and more effective organisations.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick M. Lencioni

In keeping with the parable style, Lencioni (The Five Temptations of a CEO) begins by telling the fable of woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results). Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

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Predictable Success: Getting your organization on the growth track - and keeping it there

Predictable Success: Getting your organization on the growth track - and keeping it there

Les McKeown

No matter what kind of organization you work for, whether it's your own small business or a global Fortune 100 company, your number-one goal is success. Predictable Success takes you step-by-step through a startlingly simple, intuitive, and universal process that shows you how to bring sustained, lasting, predictable success to your organization. Find out where your organization is today and take the uncertainty out of tomorrow as you make the journey towards Predictable Success.

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Presence: Bringing your boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Presence: Bringing your boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Amy Cuddy

Self-confidence not only shows in our body language but can be prompted by it. For years we have been told to stand up straight but this book takes it much, much further.

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The Daily Drucker

The Daily Drucker

Peter F Drucker

You could do a lot worse than to build reading a page of this book into your daily routine. Drucker may not be current but he is certainly still relevant.

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Vital Conversations

Alec Grimsley

A practical approach to handling difficult conversations, managing conflict, giving feedback and influencing difficult people

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