The Kindle is a great electronic device that’s changed the lives of thousands of people. Now managers can take advantage of it by carrying around five of the best-selling books on management. Becoming a better manager not only gives you better job security, it could also lead to more promotions. Here are five great books you should download today:
Thomas Peters focuses on short stories, in this book, to convey simple ideas that can have a big impact on a business. One such story is the 2-cent candy story. His trip to Singapore illustrated the operational efficiency that he adores in a business. Many businesses complicate things. Keeping things simple and unobtrusive can not only keep customers happy, but it can improve the bottom line.
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are killing sacred cows with their new book. If you’re looking for the usual business advice, this isn’t it. Becoming a better manager might mean that you’ll have to dump corporate America’s way of doing things and risk getting fired. Your company doesn’t need to rework its business plan, you can probably downsize your office, and you can ditch the useless secretary that answers phones all day while doing her nails. Fried and Hansson recommend a “don’t over-think, just do” approach to business. It might make you uncomfortable. It might make your boss uncomfortable, but you’re really in business to make money aren’t you? This take-no-prisoners approach to doing business shows you exactly how to do that.
Marshall Goldsmith defines “mojo” as the positive spirit towards what you are doing right now. Many businessmen lose it along the way. Goldsmith shows you how to get it back. He argues that mojo is made up of four key elements: identity (who you think you are), achievement (what you have done lately), reputation (who other people think you are), and acceptance (what you can change and what you can’t). Goldsmith outlines what positive action-steps you must take to regain any lost mojo and what you can do to keep any winning streak alive.
This classic by Stephen R. Covey is worth reading at least seven times. Covey argues that you must go through a “paradigm shift” in order to get anything out of the book. The seven habit are a mix of personal and business advice, though they all could impact your business dealings in one way or another. Filled with anecdotes, this is a book you have to study, more like a textbook, and pick apart the lessons. Don’t bother skimming it. Reading it on your Kindle is the perfect way to devour this book seeing as the Kindle gives you the option of taking and saving notes. You’ll being doing a lot of that.
The long-awaited sequel to First, Break All the Rules is here. In this followup, Rodd Wagner walks you through how businesses are brought back from the brink. Following 12 highly successful managers, you get to look over the shoulder of great business leaders as they save a failing call center, improve patient care at a hospital, work through power outages and maintain production, and save a hotel that’s on its last legs. All of the stories are based on Gallup’s 10 million employee and manager interviews that span 114 countries and which were conducted in 41 different languages. It approaches the subject of how to gain and keep employee engagement to improve your company’s business using the latest theories in neuroscience, psychology, game theory, sociology, and economics. It’s comprehensive, to say the least.
Louis Baker is an engineering manager and has contributed to the site Engineering Management Review, a site with rankings and reviews of engineering management degree programs.