#1 Well Said!: Presentations and Conversations That Get Results
by Darlene Price
“You don’t have to be a charismatic motivational speaker to present like a pro. Whether you’re delivering a stand-up presentation, leading a sit-down conversation, conducting a webinar, closing a sale, writing an e-mail, or proposing an idea, Well Said! helps you convey confidence, communicate clearly, and connect with every audience.”
(from the back cover)
Well Said! will teach you how to:
Use the words and phrases that get people to listen.
Capture and hold attention.
Gain instant credibility with decision makers.
Optimize body language.
Handle Q&A with finesse.
Connect with the audience.
Shine with or without PowerPoint.
Perfect their elevator pitch.
#2 Good To Great
by Jim Collins
One of the top ten business books of 2001 (Business Week)
Good To Great reveals such findings:
Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.
The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.
A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.
The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.
# 3 Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen
“WARNING: Reading Getting Things Done can be hazardous to your old habits of procrastination. David Allen’s approach is refreshingly simple and intuitive. He provides the systems, tools, and tips to achieve profound results.”
(from Amazon Reviews)
Getting Things Done shows how to:
Apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty.
Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations.
Plan projects as well as get them unstuck.
Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed.
Feel fine about what you’re not doing.
#4 Who Moved My Cheese
by Spencer Johnson
One of the most successful business books ever (Daily Telegraph)
You’ll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to. Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime.
(from Amazon Reviews)
#5 Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
Selected as Apple iBooks’ Best Business Book of the Month.
Finalist for the Thinkers50 Strategy Award.
A Financial Times Business Book of the Month.
Blue Ocean Shift is packed with all-new research and examples of how leaders in diverse industries and organizations made the shift and created new markets by applying the process and tools outlined in the book. Whether you are a cash-strapped startup or a large, established company, nonprofit or national government, you will learn how to move from red to blue oceans in a way that builds your people’s confidence so that they own and drive the process.
(by Amazon Reviews)