Business Reading Recommendations

Last week the Emerging Leaders Academy participants heard from a panel of experienced public servants who offered some career perspectives.

I want to thank Hannes Zacharias, Johnson County Manager; Norton Bonaparte, Topeka City Manager; Jen Church-Duran, KU Libraries Assistant Dean of User Services; and Julie Loats, Director of IT for KU Enterprise Applications and Services, for taking the time to reflect on their experiences with the group.

At the end of the session, the panelists were asked for their recommendations of good business books–ones that have been useful and made a difference for them. Their picks included several classics:

• Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People
• Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
• Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

And one that’s less well-known:
• Yamashita and Spataro’s Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World.

Julie Loats also added that in terms of organization, for her nothing beats David Allen’s Getting Things Done.

What would you add to this list? What serves as a “great text” for you as you think about productivity, effectiveness, and relationships in the workplace? What book have you gone back to again and again?

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  1. Noel Rasor

    Thanks for sharing, Jason. Recently I read The Secret Language of Leadership by Stephen Denning and would really recommend it. I may even work on incorporating his message into ELA next time around as it’s about how leaders can use the power of story to better connect to the people around them rather than the more typical approaches based on logic and reasoning.

    I often lean toward business books about the power of communication. A couple of my recommendations include:
    –Powerful Conversations: How High Impact Leaders Communicate by Phil Harkins
    –How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation by Kegan and Lahey

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