Summaries of the Week

Mastering Leadership

Mastering Leadership

Despite the fact that it has been proven to directly contribute to business performance, few organizations prioritize developing leadership effectiveness. In Mastering Leadership, consultants Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams argue that in order for organizations to generate extraordinary results, leaders must first transform their values, emotional intelligence, and decision-making systems.

Anderson, Robert J.
Lean Startups for Social Change

Lean Startups for Social Change

It takes a lot of time and hard work to turn a new idea into a useful social program. Traditionally, in-depth planning and often monetary expenses are front-loaded in the process, which results in the innovator waiting a long time before finding out if the new idea will work. In Lean Startups for Social Change, Michel Gelobter shows nonprofit and government organizations how to expedite the process and how to quickly shut it down if it appears to be destined for failure.

Gelobter, Michel
The Leadership Contract

The Leadership Contract

In The Leadership Contract, Vince Molinaro provides solutions to the problems of unaccountable leadership. He articulates the ways in which responsible leadership can create a successful and enduring organization. Dynamic leaders are faced with many obstacles—they must embody practices and habits that will benefit their organizations and the employees who look to them to model the traits of a contemporary leader.

Molinaro, Vince
Make Your Own Waves

Make Your Own Waves

In Make Your Own Waves, Louis Patler explains that those starting their own businesses can learn a great deal from the rules followed by Big Wave surfers. Like surfers, successful entrepreneurs must have confidence and an understanding of their own unique strengths. They must prepare carefully and take calculated risks. Success comes from going all in. The marketplace, like the ocean, is unpredictable, so both innovators and surfers must constantly adjust to changing conditions.

Patler, Louis
The Daily Edge

The Daily Edge

For many professionals, time management can be challenging. Unfortunately, most available literature on the art of productivity contains complex theories and philosophies. In The Daily Edge, David Horsager argues that increasing efficiency and effectiveness at work simply requires professionals to make some basic modifications to their daily work habits.

Horsager, David