For years I’ve used books as a development tool with teams and individuals. Sometimes it’s been a group read and discussion, and other times it’s been on a one on one basis or with a mentee. Whether formally or informally working with a group or individual, it’s resulted in conversation – as part of a growth plan, at the water cooler, or over coffee. When leading these discussions, ask questions and review the ideas you were looking for them to get out of the book, and be open to their perspectives.
Selecting the right book is important. The following is a partial list of books I’ve used successfully. Most are easy reads intended for basic ideas and newer managers; however, the same book might serve as a refresher for someone else. Other books are a bit more complex and better suited for people who have already established their foundation.
What books would you add to the list? Please feel free to reply or comment with books you feel would be a good addition. If you have specific questions, feel free to comment or message me as well. I’ll be glad to help any way I can.
Raving Fans. Ken Blanchard/Sheldon Bowles
The One Minute Manger. Ken Blanchard/Spencer Johnson
The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey. Ken Blanchard/William Oncken Jr./Hal Burrows
Putting the One Minute Manager to Work. Ken Blanchard/Robert Lorber
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Our Iceberg is Melting. John Kotter/Holger Rathgeber
Gung Ho. Ken Blanchard/Sheldon Bowles
The Fred Factor. Mark Sanborn
1001 Ways to Reward Employees. Bob Nelson
The Secret Blend. Stan Toler
Good to Great. Jim Collins
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen Covey
The Speed of Trust. Stephen Covey
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. John Maxwell
Developing the Leader Within You. John Maxwell