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Book recommendations on leadership and management

Post by Faisal » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:51 pm

I am currently finishing off a role where i was responsible for manging and briefing senior officials in my organization on the the latest political developments world wide and a very specific reason in the world. I learned a tremendous amouth about myself personally and professionally and one thing I saw that is known well in my organization is that the best men/women for the job are usually the worst managers. I saw signifciant deficinies in very fine experts on managing their teams and the work that needed to be undertaken.

If or when I am in such a position I don't wish to make the same mistakes. So does anybody have any good books or literature to recommend on leadership, management and planning and organizing. If the book is from the political sphere of management/leadership that would be tremendously helpful.

Thank you.

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Post by Dontridetheindexdown » Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:54 pm

Vom Kriege, Carl von Clausewitz

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Post by Brianmcg321 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:02 pm

I listen to Jocko Willink's podcast. I bet his books are good too.

https://www.amazon.com/Jocko-Willink/e/ ... scns_share
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Post by CaptainMMW » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:18 pm

I recommend the following books highly for management and leadership:
The Hard thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About ... 0062273205

My Years with General Motors by Alfred Sloan a great book about nuts and bolts management
https://www.amazon.com/Years-General-Mo ... oks&sr=1-1

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
https://www.amazon.com/Effective-Execut ... 8&me=&qid=

An underrated one - Conscious Business by Fred Kofman
https://www.amazon.com/Conscious-Busine ... 247&sr=8-1

A fun one:
Endurance
https://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Shackl ... 238&sr=8-1

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Post by Shackleton » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:30 pm

Highly recommend “Endurance”
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Post by Wings5 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:16 am

I enjoy the Harvard Business Review publications. We get the magazine for free through the library, and we own several of their Must Read books.

I'm not sure what you mean by the political sphere, but James Mattis' new book is excellent from a strategic standpoint. Emotional intelligence should be the up there, since it engenders trust and lays the foundation for others to follow you. HBR's Must Reads on emotional intelligence helped me on an interpersonal scale. It helps examine facial expressions, word choice, and follow-up techniques.

If that's not the direction you're looking for let us know. Military bookworm here, and there may be other books that better suit your goals.

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Post by Spooky » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:51 pm

Turn The Ship Around! by L David Marquet, a navy submarine captain. A lot of it is about getting staff to think for themselves, and not just do a job rotely, which is important in my profession.

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Post by almostretired1965 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:43 pm

In my opinion, the first remains the best: History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. Wide cast of characters from visionary leaders to petty scoundrels. The facts are widely known, but the lessons draw debate to this very day. Perhaps too strategic and indirect for what you are looking for but anyone who aspires to decision making roles at the highest level, whether in business or in public policy, should read it in detail at least once in his/her life. As a bonus, there is Pericles' funeral oration, which should be required reading for school children in every democracy. Too lengthy to be a vision statement these days, but I still get goose bumps every time I reread the passage .......

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Post by stoptothink » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:25 pm

Brianmcg321 wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:02 pm
I listen to Jocko Willink's podcast. I bet his books are good too.

https://www.amazon.com/Jocko-Willink/e/ ... scns_share
His books are mediocre, his podcast is fantastic.

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Post by patrick013 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:39 pm

Try eBay. For just a few dollars you can get Global Management,
Fundamentals of Management, Management Principles, etc..
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Post by AerialWombat » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:47 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:25 pm
Brianmcg321 wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:02 pm
I listen to Jocko Willink's podcast. I bet his books are good too.

https://www.amazon.com/Jocko-Willink/e/ ... scns_share
His books are mediocre, his podcast is fantastic.
Funny, I think the exact opposite. Not a fan of the podcast. “Extreme Ownership” is one of the best leadership books I’ve ever read. I did not serve under Cmdr. Willink, but his combat leadership was highly spoken of while I was at sea, and it has been exciting to watch his leadership development arc post-retirement.

Before starting my software company, I had zero previous tech startup experience, and no real experience leading teams. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries was a great primer for me on this, and contains lessons for managing all types of projects.

On the surface, it would be assumed to be more of a time management book, but “The Power of an Hour” by Dave Lakhani has also been instrumental in my ability to grow a seven figure business.

Lastly, “The Four-Hour Workeeek” by Tim Ferriss. Ignore some of the hyperbole, and embrace the micro-business management lessons.

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Post by qwertyjazz » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:58 pm

Dontridetheindexdown wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:54 pm
Vom Kriege, Carl von Clausewitz
Never knew the German title
Thank you
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Post by qwertyjazz » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:04 pm

+1 what captainmmw wrote above for education
But if you want to speak board room quick the Harvard business review book series is pretty good and easy reads
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Post by Faisal » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:05 am

Thank you all for the recommendations. Sorry for the delayed reply but I was deep in the field without internet access for this time.

I noticed they are a lot of military orientated recommendations which i will definitely read as some of the skills translate into my field of work.

The effective executive looks to be what I would need to read based on the reviews. Thank you again guys.

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Re: Book recommendations on leadership and management

Post by BroIceCream » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:49 pm

A few books... some are old, some are deemed simplistic -- but the finest managers I've worked with over 35 years in a fortune 500 company as well as govt. work practiced the principles in the first two.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • Cigars, Whiskey and Winning: Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant by Al Kaltman
  • It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by D. Michael Abrashoff

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Post by Normchad » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:03 pm

Radical Candor by Kim Scott is quite good.

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Re: Book recommendations on leadership and management

Post by Faisal » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:16 am

Thanks guys. Will look into these books too.

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Post by gtd98765 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:56 pm

Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone
We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.
I have re-read it multiple times since my first management job and find it extremely valuable.

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Post by MP173 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:15 pm

I am not in management, but found that Willnik's Extreme Ownership was a very good book.

Another military theme book is "Sea Stories, My Life in Special Operations", by Adm William McRaven.

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