October 14, 2005
News & Opinion: Books for Boss's Day
I know it may be a little late for this, but I wanted to recommend a set of books for managers.
If you are a first time manager, pick up The First Time Manager. It is a basic book that covers alot of ground on the challenges and responsibilities of being a new mangaer. We pulled a piece from the book last month on the importance of appreciation.
If you have made it a rung or two up the ladder, I would check out High Impact Middle Management. Lisa Haneberg thinks middle management is the unsung heroes of a corporation. We can see the table of contents, foreword by Ralph Stayer, and introduction to the book on the Excerpt Blog.
For the CEO (or aspiring-to be) in your life, make sure they have read all three of these:
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
- Who Says Elephants Can't Dance by Lou Gerstner
Chances are they have probably read those. The big management book for the fall from Crown is Results: Keep What's Good, Fix What's Wrong, and Unlock Great Performance. Gary Neilson from Booz Allen makes the case that companies have personalities or "Organizational DNA". He says it is important to understand the business' DNA before you can optimize performance. You can download the TOC and first chapter here.
Happy Boss' Day to all!
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.