TOP RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANAGEMENT

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EASY READS

3 simple tools to be an effective manager, not just “tough” (whose superiors think they are good, but their subordinates think otherwise) or “nice” (whose people seem to like them but their business results are lacklustre).

How do you turn an unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team? Esp when the day-to-day work is very routine and boring with little opportunity for promotion.

A top CEO & Consultant teach the discipline of getting things done by linking people, strategy and operations. The leader’s job is not just vision or strategy, but also Execution.

How do we evaluate a proposal? The six thinking hats offer an emotion free and structured process of thinking together: Blue (process), White (facts), Black (pitfalls), Red (feelings), Green (creativity) & Yellow (optimism).

A must-read for anyone in a new role, whether as a promotion or change in company. Offers proven strategies for getting up to speed faster and smarter.

99 Principles and Practices behind P&G’s success, as learnt by an insider, that can readily be applied in our own lives and jobs.

Condensed wisdom of one of the most admired consulting firms. Learn their famous problem-solving technique, their concise and impactful communication and other management tips.

8 skills separate people who perform from those who don’t: Clear positioning, detecting patterns, managing social systems, a knack for people, ensuring team spirit, setting the right goals and priorities and being responsive to external stakeholders.

In a world full of stress and crushing workload, managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance. A psychologist offers a step-by-step guide: Manage 4 sources of energy; balance energy spend with renewal; increase capacity like athletes and maintain positivity.

For all students who ask what an MBA education is like. A hilarious day by the day account of life in Stanford Business School by a ‘poet’: maths and quants and economics and all!

HEAVIER READS

So many bright young managers do not rise to the next level because they fail to master the incremental skills needed. Charan brilliantly catalogues the key soft and hard skills needed at every level of an organization.

What distinguishes the very successful from the rest of us? Gladwell offers a contrarian view but backed by hard research: it is not just innate talent but many other things like plain luck, opportunities and upbringing that matter as much. The 10,000 hour rule is amazing.

Collins asks why do only some companies make the leap from merely good to truly great. And in the process, outlines what we can do to make that leap.

Look at developing markets, not just for your social consciousness but because there is a large fortune if we can find a working business model that profitably serves the poor.

What matters in the end is our ability to learn and unlearn, and fast. We need to appreciate and practice the “deeper meaning of learning”, metanoia or transcendence of mind.

Why do some ideas become a rage? Little things can make a big difference and Gladwell identifies three: Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor and the Power of Context.

One of the most respected academicians in Leadership asserts that Leaders are made, not born and anyone can learn leadership by following some basic principles: Know yourself and the world, operate on instinct, get people on your side and other insights.

The former CEO of IBM chronicles how, in 1990s, he turned it around from the brink of bankruptcy when mainframes were becoming obsolete. He overruled conventional advice to break the company, instead going back to its core of ‘applying complex technologies to solve business problems’. Great lessons on corporate strategy and changing culture.