Leadership for Project and Executive

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

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Author:John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Released: November 2012
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 224
ISBN:978-0201835953

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all. ” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:19

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

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Author:Sheryl Sandberg
Publisher: Knopf
Released: March 2013
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN:978-0201835953

Project Management is one to the few disciplines where the glass ceiling seems to be non-existent. Daily our multicultural, multigenerational, multigender teams build great products for our businesses. We need to understand ourselves and others better. Lean In is a great book for either gender to read to learn more about how to avoid gender issues on your projects.

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women ’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women ’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune ’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table, ” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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Author:Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Released: April 2002
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 229
ISBN:978-0201835953

Without a team there is no project, there is no success. One of your primary jobs is to build a team from people you mostly likely do not have authority over. The five key attributes: results, accountability, commitment, conflict, and trust, will help you build a better team quicker.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:33

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

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Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Publisher: North River Press; 30th Anniversary Edition
Released: June 2014
Type: Softcover
Pages: 362
ISBN:978-0201835953

If you are managing projects in a manufacturing setting, this book is critical. If you are managing a project in a company using the theory of constraints, this book is essential. It is the foundation of a pervasive methodology and the precursor to critical chain project management. he is recommended reading before reading any of the other books on critical chain.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Author: Stephen R. Covey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: Anniversary Edition November 2013)
Type: Softcover
Pages: 432
ISBN:978-0201835953

The title says it all. What project manager does not need to improve their effectiveness? This is a bible that you should always keep in close reach. A true "Must Read."

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The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

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Author: Peter M. Senge
Publisher: Doubleday
Released: March 2006
Type: Softcover
Pages: 445
ISBN:978-0201835953

Business and projects are complex systems. The people that run them need to create organizations and teams that can learn and grow. This classic business book is a great treatise how to become a better lead and run a better project.

This revised edition of Peter Senge ’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book ’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization ’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people ’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.

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ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government and our Community

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Author: Jeffrey M. Hiatt
Publisher: Prosci Learning Center Publications
Released: August 2006
Type: Softcover
Pages: 146
ISBN:978-0201835953

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

Tired of hearing about change and how your project is implementing it, but have no idea how to make it happen? ADKAR is the gold standard process to follow to help make that happen. This, and a little leadership, will get you ahead of the pack.

Why do some changes fail while others succeed?

How can you make sense of the many tools and approaches for managing change?

How can you lead change successfully, both in your personal life and professional career?

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Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

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Author: Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Released: February 2010
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN:978-0201835953

Excellent project managers are relationship builder both with the project team and the stakeholders. You need to continually build those skills and build trust.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 14:44

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management

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Author:Harvard Business Review, John P. Kotter, W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Released: March 2011
Type: Softcover
Pages: 224
ISBN:978-0201835953
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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

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Author: Arbinger Institute
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Released: April 2015
Type: Softcover
Pages: 240
ISBN:978-0201835953

Leadership is an art. As a project manager you need to become a better leader. You will not find that in any single book or class. You need to learn, study and practice. It helps you develop tools to better understand the difficult situations you face daily.

Since its original publication in 2000, Leadership and Self-Deception has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon. Its sales continue to increase year after year, and the book ’s popularity has gone global, with editions now available in over twenty languages.

Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.

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