Spark up your 2011 with these books!

02 Spark up your 2011 with these books!

By Simon 2195971982 5d3ea3c7d9 300x216 Spark up your 2011 with these books!2010 was an amazing year for me. And a big part of the amazingness was books. Here are some that can make a big difference for you, too.

Speed Thinking by Ken Hudson

It turns out that most quick decisions are just as good as decisions that we take ages on. Speed Thinkinggives you a 9-minute process to explore the heck out of any situation, and get on to the next step. It removes a lot of stress and uncertainty, too.

Linchpin by Seth Godin

After hearing this recommended by people I knew and respected, I had to check out Linchpin. I’m glad I did – Linchpinwas a tour de force. You’ll read about why you need to do your work as art, and why a company full of indispensable people is much less of a risk than you think. You’ll probably also be inspired!

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Zappos is the poster child of social media. Not because of the technology (CEO Tony Hsieh says their most important piece of technology is the telephone) but because they’ve created a culture of openness and transparency, where every employee has a sense of ownership. Delivering Happinessis Hsieh’s story of how he and the Zappos team created an amazing culture, and a seriously profitable business (Zappos was acquired by Amazon last year for $928 million).

Drive by Dan Pink

On a very similar theme to Linchpin and Delivering Happiness, Drive delves into the science of what motivates us at work. It’s not money. Instead, it’s autonomy, mastery and purpose. If you haven’t got time to read the whole book, check out this video instead.

The Why of Work by Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich

Continuing the theme of what makes people happy, Dave Ulrich (who comes from a background in HR) and Wendy Ulrich (who comes from a background in psychology) have created a framework to connect employees’ personal motivation with the company’s purpose. Keeping it real. The Why of Work does a great job in beijing of gathering together previous strands of thought (such as Positive Psychology) and bringing them together in the workplace.

Open Leadership by Charlene Li

In 2008 Charlene Li co-wrote Groundswell, which was a great introduction to social media for business. In 2010, with Open Leadership, Li explores the impact social technologies have on leadership styles, and gives a framework for navigating the open, slightly scary waters of the future.

Empowered by Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler

Empowered explores similar territory to Open Leadership, looking at how frontline employees and even customers can be empowered to be your company’s most enthusiastic marketers.

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz

It sounds obvious, but we need to look after ourselves if we’re to produce the work of arts that Seth Godin talks about in Linchpin. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working (subtitled and what to do about it) gives some really practical advice on how to do that. See my interview with Tony here.

Dare to Dream Again by Eugene Moreau

On a personal level, we need to ask ourselves what we are here for. Dare to Dream Again by my friend Eugene Moreau, is the story of Alex, a successful executive who’s hit a wall. But it can also be your story … some very practical lessons here.

Predictable Success by Les McKeown

Where is your company on the business lifecycle? Predictable Success lays out that lifecycle, helps you find where you are, and how to avoid the death spiral. Here’s my interview with Les. Enjoy your reading! Very relaxing photo from Lori Grieg

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        [comment_content] => Some great books there Simon.  An excellent way to start 2011.  I will forward this post to my librarian to get ordering as they only have one book on the list in stock at the moment!
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    Some great books there Simon. An excellent way to start 2011. I will forward this post to my librarian to get ordering as they only have one book on the list in stock at the moment!

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          [comment_content] => Thanks Jonny! Yep, some of these are pretty hot off the press :) 
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      Thanks Jonny! Yep, some of these are pretty hot off the press :)

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        [comment_content] => Thanks for including Predictable Success in your list, Simon - that's some good company you put me in :) Happy new year to you, and best wishes for 2011.
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    Thanks for including Predictable Success in your list, Simon – that’s some good company you put me in :) Happy new year to you, and best wishes for 2011.

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          [comment_content] => Thanks Les, you too! And thanks for retweeting this post. 
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      Thanks Les, you too! And thanks for retweeting this post.

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        [comment_content] => Thanks for the great recommendations.
    
    The way we're working isn't working is a great book, very thought provoking.
    
    Cheers!
    
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    Thanks for the great recommendations.

    The way we’re working isn’t working is a great book, very thought provoking.

    Cheers!

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