- Building a company culture based on positive leadership can be one of the most effective things you can do for your business.
- Whatever skill you’d like to enhance, your grasp of analytics or how to deal with automation, can be done by reading a business management book.
- Learning how to handle adversity, both personally and professionally, is one of the best assets a business professional can have.
Looking to add a couple of business management books to your arsenal this year? Not sure which books will help you scale your business development and help you reach your business goals? Want to make sure the books on business management you add to your reading list are current and will deliver real returns to your real estate business plan?
From data analytics textbooks to Harvard Business school tomes, here are seven business management books worth taking up space on your bookshelf.
7 Business Management Books Worth Considering
1. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Though not technically a business management book, this practical guide from a Facebook COO and Wharton School of Business professor, Sheryl Sandberg, offers strategies for building one’s resilience and learning how to persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
After the sudden death of her husband, Sandberg found herself, as she puts it, “in the void.” With help from friends, colleagues and trained professionals, she learned that dealing with adversity was not an innate skill, but rather something that could be learned and improved upon.
Mixing personal insight, with the latest scientific findings on adversity, this part-memoir, part-self help guide, is a great reminder of how to overcome the hardships of life and rediscover happiness.
2. Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies
Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 company or simply a home office with an employee or two, making sure your team is as productive and engaged as possible is at the top of every manager’s to-do list.
How does one develop a healthy, positive company culture? The answer, according to neuroscientist Paul Zak, is to develop feedback loops of trust within your business.
In this cutting-edge book, Zak goes beyond the usual clichéd techniques for boosting company morale, such as monetary rewards and engagement programs and gets to the heart of the matter: how to develop trust within your business, no matter how large or small that business may be.
3. HBR’s 10 Must Reads 2017: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review
Why get just one “big idea” from a single book? And from a single source? When the Harvard Business Review (HBR) has collected the 10 best management ideas of 2017 in one single tome.
From tips on how to handle changing automation to strategies for implementing disruption in an industry – that benefits you – to a simple step-by-step system for getting a negotiation back on track, this pared-down collection of articles may not get you into Harvard. but it’ll get you thinking like you did.
4. Data Analytics Made Accessible: 2017 Edition
Data analytics may not sound “fun,” but for the business manager looking for a way to use data to transform their business, this conversational guide to all things analytics is the perfect primer for looking beyond the numbers and finding the needle-movers in your operations.
Adopted as a textbook for data science courses across the world, this easy-to-read and informative book blends real-life case studies with practical instruction to help you not only make sense of the data you encounter in your business, but also create action plans around that data to take your business to the next level.
5. The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World
We’ve all heard the adage: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” And while we all know that positive, encouraging feedback for our employees and members of our team is usually the best course, it can sometimes be challenging to “stay positive” when life throws many business obstacles our way.
In this manual from high-level business consultant, Jon Gordon, you’ll find out how to develop the traits of a positive leader – no matter what level of adversity you face – and how to build a great company culture without the need for clichéd, rah-rah speeches.
If you’re looking for quick transformation in your business, or simply looking for a way to create a thriving real estate network this guide is worth a consideration to your office bookshelf.
6. Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition
This bestselling coaching book chronicles the story of Daron K. Roberts, a Harvard Law student who just one semester from graduating decided to he wanted do something different. Very different. He wanted to be a professional football coach.
Part-memoir, part motivational tome, in this book Roberts illustrates his amazing journey from Ivy League academia to the locker room of the Kansas City Chiefs. An inspiring book that can help instruct you in your next transition, whatever it may be.
7. Show Up as Your Best Self: Mindful Leaders, Meditation, & More
There may be no bigger buzzword in the wellness community than “mindfulness.” But the concept of mindfulness — the art of being totally present in whatever you do — isn’t just something for the New-Age crowd.
In this compelling guide, from corporate executive coach Cathy Quartner, you’ll learn a framework — taught to hundreds of Fortune 500 executives — on how to develop a mindfulness practice and realize your potential as a decisive and bold leader.
With simple, down-to-earth strategies — and plenty of science to back up her claims — Quartner delivers on her promise to not only provide a road map for you to be a much more productive and better leader, but also become happier and more content as well.
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