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Leadership Books: May, 2011

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Reading ‘Say It Like Obama’

Using examples from Obama’s speeches, Shel Leanne explains how you can improve your own communication and leadership capabilities. The book is practical and readable, although repetitive.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  11:59 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Reading ‘Strengths Based Leadership’

Gallup executives Tom Rath – already a best-selling author – and Barry Conchie extrapolate significant findings on leadership from their company’s mountain of research.

By Patrick Brigger and getAbstract  |  11:59 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Reading ‘Sources of Power’

In this original, honest and sometimes amusing book, Gary Klein studied expert decision makers such as firefighters, soldiers and chess masters, who operate under highly challenging conditions.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  02:18 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Reading ‘Executive Presence’

To gain influence in your firm, build and maintain an “executive presence,” a personal image that inspires respect. You might not think of yourself as a salesperson, but you are one.

By Patrick Brigger and getAbstract  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Reading ‘Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt’

Author Edward J. Renehan Jr. set out to “put a face” on Cornelius Vanderbilt’s ambition, enterprise and mania for wealth in this reportorial biography.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  12:48 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Reading ‘Learn Like a Leader’

A hundred thought leaders–among them Jim Collins and Warren Bennis–describe their most notable learning experiences in the form of personal narratives.

By Patrick Brigger and getAbstract  |  10:51 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Reading ‘Derailed’

When Fortune 100 executives lose their jobs over spectacular errors of judgment or behavior, it’s always their innate nature that leads them astray.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Reading ‘The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China’

This book is an expert compilation of seven of the most prominent strategy texts from ancient China, including Sun-tzu’s Art of War.

By Patrick Brigger and getAbstract  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Reading ‘The Constitution of Liberty’

Economist and political philosopher Friedrich A. Hayek wrote The Constitution of Liberty for publication in 1960, but his timeless insights still have currency.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Reading ‘Leaders as Teachers’

Edward Betof describes how companies can create “leaders as teachers” programs, sharing the knowledge of their senior executives, top managers and in-house experts.

By Patrick Brigger and getAbstract  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Reading Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’

The end justifies the means. This simple maxim underpins Niccolò Machiavelli's classic work, revisisted in a new translation by Peter Bondanella.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  12:26 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Reading ‘Senseless Panic’

Comparing the 1980s bank crisis to the 2008 financial panic, former FDIC head William M. Isaac blames officials for stoking fear and costing taxpayers billions.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  07:27 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Reading ‘High Financier’

This panoramic biography of Siegmund Warburg reveals a complex man who built international banking in response to the great turbulence of the 20th century.

By  |  07:20 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Reading ‘The King of Madison Avenue’

Despite some unevenness in Roman's writing style, adman David Ogilvy emerges as a hero in this saga of eccentricity, perseverance and native genius.

By Thomas Bergen and getAbstract  |  07:15 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Reading ‘Obstacles Welcome’

Once past his personal saga, AT&T Mobility CEO de la Vega tends to write his solid business advice in the form of ordinary bromides that don’t do justice to his tale.

By Patrick Brigger and get Abstract  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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