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Best Leading Your Team Books

Your staff can be a great asset or they can be a weakness depending on how well they are selected, managed and led.

Here are books to help you strengthen your team and turn them into an advantage over your competitors.

Best Books On Leadership, Managing & Recruiting People

You will only see the books I’ve rated at Four Stars (meaning good and well worth reading) and Five Stars (excellent and very highly recommended). Reviews of lower rated books appear on Amazon.co.uk but I haven’t brought the reviews across to my own website.

If you read my reviews, you’ll see I try to explain why I like them but also to identify any weaknesses. My job as a reviewer is to help you to find the most appropriate books rather than to help sell more books.

On that note, if you do decide to buy, I’d appreciate it if you could click through to Amazon on my links as (hopefully) I’ll earn a small referral commission.

Some of these books can be very expensive so, if you’re happy with a hard back or paperback book, take a look at the second hand options on Amazon. Personally I only buy if the condition is described as “As New” or “Very Good” unless I’m really keen and forced to drop down to “Good”.

Other Categories of Business Books That May Interest You

Business Books For WomenBusiness NovelsBusiness PlanningBusiness Start-UpBusiness TurnaroundCoachingCustomer ServiceGetting UnstuckInner GameKPI & Performance MeasurementPersuasionProject ManagementRecessionRetail BusinessSystems

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Act On It by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman

The full title of this book by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman is

Act On It: Solving 101 of the Toughest Management Challenges

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A handy reference to keep within arm’s reach

Some may think Google has made this book redundant. If you have a question, you can just go to your favourite search engine and ask “the wise men” out there.

Personally I feel there is still a use for the book. It’s hard to know who is giving the answers on Google and whether they are qualified. Yes you can read three answers but what if they are all fools? [continue reading…]

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Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

The full title of this book by Verne Harnish is

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated it as a FOUR Stars book, meaning that I think its in the range of good to very good.

Here is what I posted.

How you can grow past the normal constraints on growth

This is an interesting book which looks at how you can push past the constraints which stop most businesses from growing.

It’s split into four sections – people, strategy, execution and cash.

I started reading it and throughout the People section, I was convinced this was going to be a five star book but, the more I read, the more I was tempted to knock off one star. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Kenneth Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi is

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book the book a FIVE STARS rating. This means I think it is excellent.

Here is my book review.

The third excellent One Minute Manager book

This is the third One Minute Manager book I recommend without hesitation. The others are the update of the original book The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager) and The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (The One Minute Manager).

The original book introduced a simple model based on management by goals/objectives. The Monkey book stops delegation going badly wrong as you try to e supportive in the wrong way. This book introduces situational leadership although it’s probably more accurate to call it situational management. [continue reading…]

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Just Ask Leadership by Gary B Cohen

The full title of this book by Gary Cohen is

Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions“.

In my review posted to Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I think it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A good book to dip into when you come up against a new management problem

The book is written on the premise that leaders are much more successful if they ask their team questions to focus attention and action rather than if they issue commands on the basis of “I’m the boss. I know best and you must do what I say.”

The book is based on interviews with nearly 100 highly effective leaders as well as the author’s own knowledge and experience. [continue reading…]

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Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon

The full title of this famous book by Jan Carlzon is

Moments of Truth: New Strategies for Today’s Customer-Driven Economy“.

In my review posted at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Four Stars level. This means I think it’s Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

A powerful story of leadership for customer service

Jan Carlzon shares the story of his turnaround of three Scandinavian airline businesses and in particular the biggest – SAS – in the early eighties.

The focus is on customer service and leadership and in particular empowering the front line who deal with customers to deliver powerful moments of truth and make this a classic leadership for customer service book. [continue reading…]

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Double Double by Cameron Herold

The full title of this book by Cameron Herold is

“Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Four Stars level. This means it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Helps good companies become great

The aim of this book is to help entrepreneurs to double sales and profit in 3 years. That’s the equivalent of 25% growth per year thanks to the magic of compounding.

I thought this was a well written book for helping good companies to become great. It’s particularly strong on leadership, organisational culture and team building. It also has some useful tips on how to grow within a recession including some that are counter-intuitive. [continue reading…]

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The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

Book Review – 5 Stars

If you have problems managing your team then I highly recommend this short, simple, easy to read The One Minute Manager.

The One Minute Manager – Simple Ideas Make A Big Difference To How Well Your Employees Work

The big ideas in the One Minute Manager book come down to three simple techniques

  • One Minute Goal Setting
  • One Minute Praisings
  • One Minute Reprimands

That is all there is to it. [continue reading…]

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