Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Power of Education

A major part of being a successful leader is understanding human beings as they react to situations. Literature, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers, biographies, autobiographies, poems, or blogs, is exactly that: people and situations interacting.

The following is a list of extra readings that will provide you with additional perspectives and thoughts to enhance your growth in becoming a better leader:
  1. Hire Me - maximize your earning potential by understanding what it takes to be a great employee.
  2. Executive Intelligence - the ability to analyze and process information and solve problems.
  3. What it Takes to be #1 - the fundamental leadership qualties essential to success.
  4. The Starbucks Experience - 5 principles for tunring ordinary into extraordinary.
  5. The Rainmaker - how to be one of those who brings tangibles to the business.
  6. Execute - turning talk into actions & 'how to'
  7. Who moved my cheese - challenge and risk taking and their benefit to business.
  8. The E-myth - why small business fail. People who think they are good at their craft are good at business: systems.
  9. First Break All the Rules - how dynamic leadership forms successful business.
  10. The 5 dysfunctions of a team - the role trust plays in your team dynamic.
  11. Straight from the Gut - making smart decisions not emotional decisions & how GE profited billions.
  12. Winning - how to manage the attitude from straight from the gut to bring results.
  13. Blink - how to manage first impressions to give you the competitive edge.
  14. Mind games - addressing the 80% of the 20% of sport.
  15. The Last Season - attributing the demise of the Lakers team to 'me mentality'.
  16. The Tipping Point - how things accelerate at a certain point and become epidemics.
  17. The First 90 Days - 'how to' come into your new career and create a lasting legacy through a variety of tools.
  18. What the CEO Wants You to Know - an insight to the 'details' aspects of running a business, why they are important and how to coach them in order to be successful.
  19. The Trusted Advisor - how the trust based relationship is the ultimate relationship one can have.
  20. The Monk Who sold his Ferarri - how great leadership starts with the leaders
  21. QBQ "The question behind the question" - taking personal accountability of your life
  22. The Power of Now - how to take advantage of the present instead of dwelling on the past or dreaming of the future.
  23. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People - how the key to success relies on goal setting and time management
  24. Tuesday at Morey's - don't sacrifice what you have for what you think you want.
  25. Raving Fans - how to make your customers become your spokespeople through above and beyond service.
  26. What customers want - how to understand what your consumers want and then how to deliver that through your team.
  27. Fish Tales - bringing the attitude every day and differentiating your service through your attitude.
  28. From Good to Great - confronting the brutal facts.
  29. MoneyBall - how judging peoples potential through tangible 'details' can build winning teams.
  30. The Finer Points of Leadership - how to maximize your teams contribution to your organizations success.

An important aspect of Leadership is your knowledge base. However, an imperative aspect of Leadership is your ability to implement and apply that knowledge. Reading can help on both these fronts. So ensure that you take the time to educate yourself.

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