Learning Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

1119144280Leadership is a set of abilities, and like any other skill set it can be learned and improved. Becoming an exemplary leader isn’t easy. It takes self-belief, aspiration, grit, support and deliberate practice. Learning Leadership delivers the concrete framework and practical steps for building exemplary leaders for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Whether you’re an experienced leader or someone new to the role, this comprehensive guide offers evidenced-based strategies for taking charge of your own leadership development and unleashing the leader within. Based on more than 30 years of research, with data from more than 70 countries, this insightful treatment on learning explores the fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader and presents a solid foundation on which to strengthen and expand leadership skills. For those in roles of mentoring and coaching people, the practical and proven framework in this resource enables you to develop leadership potential in the emerging leaders with whom you work. An exemplary leader must master many skills, but one of the most important is the ability to learn. Learning Leadership challenges you to do the meaningful and disciplined work necessary to becoming the best you can be.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Authoritative explanations on what’s inhibiting leadership development.
• To take initiative for your own leadership development.
• The most critical leadership skill is the ability to learn.
• The first thing you need to learn in leadership is who you are.

Small Acts of Leadership

Image result for small acts of leadershipIn business today, there is no offline and there is no downtime. Professionals are both exhausted and depleted. Being constantly tethered to our work through technology makes us overwhelmed and shortsighted, and deprives us of time for meaningful reflection or thoughtful connection to our professional communities, and often even to our own families. For us to thrive –– not simply survive –– in this accelerating economy, we need to adopt small, intentional behaviors and practice them each day. From simply taking care of our rest and exercise to building our self-confidence and embracing challenges, author Shawn Hunter’s latest book, Small Acts of Leadership, will guide you through a series of incremental steps you can take to build a stronger version of yourself and make a broader impact in the world. Combining research and meaningful interviews with business leaders around the world, Hunter presents the reader with 12 critical competencies that are consistently present in the daily behaviors of today’s most successful leaders.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Strategies to build confidence and believe in yourself.
• The key link between meaningful work and gratitude.
• The importance of autonomy and authenticity in organizations.
• The essential qualities of inspiring leaders.
• How “positive deviance” can distinguish the best organizations

The Best Place to Work by Ron Friedman, Ph.D

bestplacetoworkIn The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting-edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation and stronger performance. Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you defuse a workplace argument, why placing a fishbowl near your desk can enhance your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization — regardless of its size, budgets or ambitions — into an extraordinary workplace.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Why successful teams make more mistakes than other teams.
• How the design of our workplace impacts our performance.
• Six insights to delay the adaptation that erodes happiness.
• Why the best managers focus on themselves.
• How to provide daily opportunities for autonomy, competence and relatedness.

Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For

51dzn4smhhl-_sx322_bo1204203200_You’ve been promoted to leadership — congratulations! But it’s nothing like your old job, is it? William Gentry says it’s time to flip your script. We all have mental scripts that tell us how the world works. Your old script was all about “me”: standing out as an individual. But as a new leader, you need to flip your script from “me” to “we” and help the group you lead succeed. In Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For, Gentry supports and coaches you to flip your script in six key areas. He offers actionable, practical, evidence-based advice and examples drawn from his research, his work with leaders, and his own failures and triumphs of becoming a new leader. But this book is more than a series of best practices — it’s your guide to internalizing a leader’s perspective. Gentry helps you flip your script so you’ll know what to do to help yourself and the team you lead succeed. That’s the kind of boss everyone wants to work for — and the kind of boss who accomplishes the most. Get started flipping your script, and become the kind of boss everyone wants to work for.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• Why becoming a new leader brings a sea change in roles and expectations.
• The six ways you can “flip your script” to become a boss everyone wants to work for.
• The importance of non-verbal communication among leaders.
• How to adjust to new relationships with subordinates and teams.
• How to gain a leader’s perspective and develop and focus on others.

Great Teams by Don Yaeger

Image result for great teams don yaegerWhat makes a team great? Not just good. Not just functional. But great? Over the last six years, long-time Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger has been invited by some of the greatest companies in the world to speak about the habits of high-performing individuals. Yaeger was approached by his most consistent client, Microsoft, to develop a talk on what allowed some teams to play at a championship level year after year. What do some organizations do seemingly better than most all of their opponents? Yaeger took the challenge. He has conducted more than 100 interviews with some of the most successful teams and organizations in the country. From those interviews, he has identified 16 habits that drive these high-performing teams. Building on the stories, examples and first-hand accounts, each chapter in Great Teams comes with applicable examples on how to apply these characteristics in any organization. Great Teams is a powerful companion for thought leaders, teams, managers and organizations that seek to perform similarly. The insight shared in this book is sure to enhance any team in its pursuit of excellence.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• The four essential pillars and 16 characteristics that set a Great Team apart.
• The synergistic leadership style of Great Teams.
• The importance of culture in Great Teams and organizations.
• How Great Teams embrace change and manage conflict.
• How Great Teams avoid the pitfalls of success.

Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking

Image result for winning the brain gameEach day, a game of mind versus matter plays out on a field defined by the problems we must solve. Most are routine and don’t demand a more mindful approach. It’s when we’re faced with more difficult challenges that our thinking becomes vulnerable to brain patterns that can lead us astray. We leap to solutions that simply don’t work. We fixate on old mindsets that keep us stuck in neutral. We overthink problems and make them worse. We kill the ideas of others as well as our own. Worse, we keep doing these things, over and over again, naturally and instinctively.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. In Winning the Brain Game, author and creative strategist Matthew E. May explains these and other “fatal flaws” of thinking, revealing seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain the seven fatal flaws, May draws insights from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. He then blends in a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes” proven through hundreds of creative sessions to raise our thinking game to a more mindful level. Regardless of the playing field, mindful thinking is the new competitive advantage, and the seven fixes are a magic set of tools for achieving it. Winning the Brain Game will lead you to better decision-making, higher levels of creativity, clearer strategies and overall success in business, work and life.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The seven fatal flaws of thinking and the fix for each one.
• The importance of reframing and generating the right questions.
• Concrete ideas and strategies for practicing each cure.
• How neuroscience can help solve problems.

Seeing Beyond Ourselves

Image result for the outward mindset The Arbinger InstituteOur mindset is the lens through which we see our work, our relationships and our entire world. Unknowingly, too many of us operate from an inward mindset — a narrow-minded focus on self-centered goals and objectives. When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-aids, not recognizing the underlying mindset at the heart of our most persistent challenges. When individuals and organizations make the change to the outward mindset, incredible things start to happen. The outward mindset is focused on the objectives and results of the organization as a whole. It seeks to be helpful, responsible and make a real impact. It helps individuals see how they might be creating obstacles in the work of others, and helps them change the way they are working and relating to their team members in a way that creates real, sustainable results.

Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration and accelerates innovation — a shift to an outward mindset.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• How to recognize the two mindsets that drive people and organizations.
• How and why we prevent ourselves from having an outward mindset.
• The three key elements of an outward mindset and strategies for adopting them.
• Why adopting an outward mindset creates a competitive advantage for organizations

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The Surprising Truth About the Power of Now

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Do you ever feel stressed? Of course you do. One way we cope is to lower expectations, but we miss what may make us stronger. Dr. Max McKeown offers valuable insights into an alternative.

You can choose to nurture a Nowist mindset, and by seeking joy in the flow of life, you will discover your natural power to take action and keep moving forward. We live in the present but carry the anxieties of the past and concerns of the future with us at all times. Yet, you can only directly think, do or change anything at the point of now. Realizing this, you can learn to transform your life with every moment. #NOW helps you to embrace the fullness of everyday life.

It encourages you to move beyond surviving, or coping, to joyfully and effortlessly live in harmony with the demands of your work-life balance. Instead of passively hiding or becoming overwhelmed, you can actively leap into the best that life has to offer. Discover the power of your #NOW that enables you to take action, make decisions fast and effectively, and enjoy the moment while creating a successful and happy future.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Why impulsiveness can be highly functional and advantageous.
• Why Nowists love uncertainty and don’t regret missed opportunities.
• Understand the deep relationship among action, movement and joy in the Nowist mindset.
• Recognize and adopt goals that allow you to think and live as a Nowist.

How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

shortcutsbookshaneHow do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm?

In Smartcuts, entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow reveals that, one way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call “lateral thinking” to rethink the convention and break “rules” that aren’t rules. Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like “paying dues” prevent progress, why kids shouldn’t learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it’s easier to build a huge business than a small one. From SpaceX to the Cuban Revolution, from Ferrari to Skrillex, Smartcuts is a narrative adventure that busts old myths about success and shows how innovators and icons do the incredible by working smarter — and how perhaps the rest of us can, too.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The importance of lateral thinking for disruptive innovation.
• How to catch waves and capitalize on momentum in business.
• How to find the right mentors and become a superconnector.
• Why it’s easier to gain support for big causes than for incremental progress.

Move Beyond the Competition

MatterCompanies and people that matter have successfully become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of their customers, their employees and their communities. They elevate themselves by consistently finding ways to solve the most pressing needs their markets face. The result? They create more value year after year and build a sustainable, differentiated organization. In Matter, Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson show you how to identify the place where you can create the most value — your edge of disruption — at the intersection of old and new, where your existing profits, reach and reputation enable you to create the markets of the future.

This is the place where the most important problems are solved and where the fewest people can solve them. Your edge of disruption is where your opportunity to matter is found. Matter uses extensive case studies of real companies that have successfully become the obvious choice in their markets. Through their journeys, you will find the inspiration and courage to lean in to complexity and solve the higher value problems that matter most. Don’t just read this book — use it to identify and act on opportunities to create the most value and accelerate your own journey to becoming a person and a company that matters.

 

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• What it means to be a company that matters.
• The three-step process for becoming a company that matters.
• How to do the hard work of reinventing yourself, rather than working hard at what you’ve always done.
• How to make thought leadership a way of life