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Asked to name a weakness, many job applicants claim perfectionism as though it’s a virtue in disguise. But in fact, perfectionism can be just as crippling as procrastination when it comes to decisive action and getting things done.
Take a look at the demographic makeup of your staff. Chances are that you’ll notice a broader range of ages and backgrounds than you’ve ever experienced before. Your success is dependent on creating a culture that can get the most from your talent base because a happy workforce is a productive workforce. So how do you build a culture that is conducive to multiple mindsets?
The Advantage is a smart, quiet book. The valedictorian of the business book class of 2012 whose extracurricular is the chess club rather than debate or pep. The title and cover are straightforward. The message isn’t about making millions of dollars, turning the ship around, inspiring innovative excellence, breaking all the rules. Instead, the message is about prevention, about laying a solid groundwork of internal health to avoid the extremes mentioned above. To venture into a different metaphor, The Advantage is about eating your veggies, sharing a dessert rather than eating the entire slice, and taking a walk around the neighborhood each morning, rather than auditioning for The Biggest Loser to make a drastic and last-ditch change.
Management Theory came a long way in the 20th Century, but it’s always best when rooted in the basics. As the legendary early management theorist Mary Parker Follett put it, management is simply “the art of getting things done through people.”
And…the 2012 800-CEO-READ Book Awards are underway!
Over the course of this week, we will be posting the shortlist selections for our 8 business book categories: General Business, Leadership, Management, Innovation/Creativity, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Marketing/Sales, Personal Development, Finance. Then on Monday, December 17th, we’ll announce the category winners, and, on Wednesday, December 19th, we’ll celebrate the overall winner of the 2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards! Stay tuned.
There were many good business books this year, with lots of lessons you can put to use to improve your organization or further your career. But as I contemplate those books, and consider which was the most useful, the top two books on my top 10 list acknowledge the whirlwind and offer ways to make progress against it:
For the federal leaders on your holiday shopping list, here are some of my favorite leadership books from 2012. Each book offers keen insights into management, human nature, and the thinking and actions of those who have been on the frontlines and succeeded.