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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.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:56

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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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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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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