And this is our summer reading list!
Is the right CEO running the company? Does the company have a succession plan? Does the company have the right strategy and how well is it being implemented? These are the top three issues company boards are tasked to manage. Even small businesses have boards of directors. In “The Directors Manual: A Framework for Board Governance” by Peter C. Browning and William L. Sparks, the authors, who are experienced board members, have written this manual that contains specific best practices, guidance and questions designed to help board members improve the performance and efficiency of the companies they serve.
- Peter C. Browning and William L. Sparks (2016), The Directors Manual: A Framework for Board Governance, Wiley, New Jersey (US).
What is the “value” of leadership? Today we have indices, scores and ratings for everything. And now we have one for leadership; “ The Leadership Capital Index: Realizing the Market Value of Leadership“. Developed by leadership scholar, author and consultant Dave Ulrich (@Dave_Ulrich), the Leadership Capital Index measures both the individual and the organizational proficiency of leadership. The Leadership Index gives investors the ability to assess how much a firm is worth based on the extent to which a leader can articulate a point of view about the future, behave consistently with customer expectations, create a customer-focused culture, ensure accountability and manage the flow of talent in the organization. The authors call this a minimally viable product and expect to see an evolution of Leadership Index 2.0 and 3.0 as research continues.
- Dave Ulrich (2015), The Leadership Capital Index: Realizing the Market Value of Leadership, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oakland (US).
Coaching employees is one of the most powerful yet often forgotten skills used by managers. It’s no wonder “people problems” rank third among small business issues; right after sales and marketing. In “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever“, Michael Bungay Stanier (@BoxOfCrayons) lays out a simple coaching process grounded in just seven questions. The process is simple. Ask the question. Listen for the answer. This book is an easy step-by-step guide for small business owners or managers who want to get the most out of their teams. Specifically, readers will learn how to get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question, get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question and ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question.
- Michael Bungay Stanier (2016), The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, Box of crayons press, Toronto (Canada).
In “Discover Your True North,” author and former Medtronic CEO Bill George (@Bill_George) shares his personal stories and his wisdom by describing how you can become the leader you want to be by simply understanding your “True North.” This is the fixed point that you focus on as everything else changes around you. Originally, the book was based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders. This edition of “Discover Your True North” is a re-release of the 2007 best seller and includes 48 new interviews with contemporary leaders, the individual case studies of CEOs and the best leaders of our time as well as helpful exercises to guide you on the journey toward your “True North”.
- Bill George (2015), Discover Your True North, Wiley, New Jersey (US).
Whenever there is a business survey, “uncertainty” comes up as a factor that impacts the confidence index. Uncertainty creates fear and indecision. But what if you could reduce the level of uncertainty that you feel about your industry and your business? This is where “The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities” by Ram Charan becomes a useful book. The author reveals the sources of uncertainty and helps you define a path forward while learning to embrace and accept uncertainty and then manage your business from there.
- Ram Charan (2015), The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities, PublicAffairs, New York (US).