Leadership for Project and Executive

Primal Teams: Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance

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Author:Jackie Barretta
Publisher: AMACOM
Released: October 2014
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN:978-0201835953

This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available

Teams are the center piece of any project. Without a team you will most likely fail at meeting any criteria for a successful project. Jackie, a personal friend of mine, has written a great book that will open your mind on a different approach to teams.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Author:Daniel H. Pink
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Released: April 2011
Type: Softcover
Pages: 288
ISBN:978-0201835953

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Drive is a must read for anyone that has to motivate people to do anything. As a project manager, part of your job is inspiring people to work on or support your project. You would be foolish not to read this book and follow its advice.

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money —the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home —is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

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In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies

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Author: Thomas J. Peters
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Released: February 2006
Type: Softcover
Pages: 400
ISBN:978-0201835953

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If you want to explore and improve your leadership style, this is a "Must Read." Why leadership? Because projects struggle under managers and they excel under leaders. Not only that, but this also gets you thinking and talking like your business leaders. How can you communicate with them if you do not think like them?

Touted as the "Greatest Business Book of All Time" (Bloomsbury UK), In Search of Excellence has long been a must-have for the boardroom, business school, and bedside table.

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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme

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Author:Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher: Wiley
Released: December 2013
Type: Softcover
Pages: 768
ISBN:978-0201835953

Another great book by Mr. Wysocki, a personal friend. This books continues to meet Bob's standard of well written project management reference and text books.

The popular guide to the project management body of knowledge, now fully updated.

Now in its seventh edition, this comprehensive guide to project management has long been considered the standard for both professionals and academics. With more than 32,000 copies sold in the last three editions, it has now been fully updated to cover the new PMBOK 5. Well-known expert Robert Wysocki has added more than 100 pages of new content based on instructor feedback, enhancing the coverage of best-of-breed methods and tools for ensuring project management success.

With enriched case studies, accompanying exercises and solutions on the companion website, and PowerPoint slides for all figures and tables, the book is ideal for instructors and students as well as active project managers.

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Strategic Negotiation: A Breakthrough Four-Step Process for Effective Business Negotiation

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Author:Brian Dietmeyer
Publisher: Kaplan Business
Released: June 2004
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 224
ISBN:978-0201835953

Although this book it out of print, it has a wonderful and easy to use "checklist" to prep up for a negotiation. It is a great follow-on read to Getting to Yes! and talks heavily about the process of negotiation.

Corporate negotiation is a process like all other business strategies. In today's challenging and ever-changing business environment, it is imperative to understand negotiations from the perspective of both the buyer and the seller. In Strategic Negotiation, Dietmeyer and Kaplan use a research-based approach to negotiation that assists sales professionals in reaching their own business goals, while ensuring that their customers meet budget and professional objectives as well-going beyond win-win to achieve true, measurable business value for all parties at the negotiating table. The authors use their own strategic, four-step negotiation process to teach sales professionals how to attain quantifiable value in their dealings:

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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

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Author: Daniel H. Pink
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Released: December 2013
Type: Softcover
Pages: 272
ISBN:978-0201835953

Every project manager is in sales. PMs are always trying to convince someone to give people, money, time, expertise, knowledge, etc. They are always in sales mode... they just don't think of it that way.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than fifteen million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase.

But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges:

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True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

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Author:Bill George, Peter Sims, David Gergen
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Released: March 2007
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 251
ISBN:978-0201835953

True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today ’s top leaders —with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas:

  • Knowing your authentic self
  • Defining your values and leadership principles
  • Understanding your motivations
  • Building your support team
  • Staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Released: January 2002
Type: Softcover
Pages: 301
ISBN:978-0201835953

This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Buy it now!

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The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

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Author:Watty Piper
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Released: 1978
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 48
ISBN:978-0201835953

Okay, maybe I am a little sentimental here, but this book takes prejudice and self perception head on. It is a mantra that any project manager that is facing huge odds should read.

The classic tale of persevering against the odds!

The Little Engine That Could comes to life all over again in this gorgeous oversized picture book with foil on the cover and the beautiful art from the 1950s. A train of toys desperately need an engine to take them over the mountain so that they can deliver toys and food to children. But none of the big, important engines will help them. Luckily, the Little Blue Engine comes along. She is small, but she has confidence that she can do it, and she does!

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The Next Evolution - Enhancing and Unifying Project and Change Management: The Emergence One Method for Total Project Success

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Author:Thomas Luke Jarocki
Publisher: Brown & Williams Publishing
Released: June 2011
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 326
ISBN:978-0201835953

Still confused on how projects and change management fit together? If so, read this book. It gives a great history of both and outlines a process that may work for your company. If nothing else, the process described will help you understand how your company can fold the two disciplines together. The only detractor is the author's contniual reference to "his" methodology. However, this does give you a good example of its implementation.

Just about every project professional agrees that "success" today is not just about being "on time, within budget, and according to scope" but one in which there is successful organizational change and the broad organizational adoption of project outputs and deliverables. However, because the project management and organizational/behavioral change management disciplines are often practiced as separate entities, the road to success often becomes divided, leading to poor outcomes for both the project manager and stakeholders throughout the organization.

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