A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, but it’s hard to know what actions to take without a little guidance. Thankfully, there are plenty of books on the market that can be hugely beneficial to managers. As one of the top staffing agencies in Seattle, Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing recommends adding the following five titles to your early-2018 reading list.
5 Books All Managers Should Read to Kickstart the New Year
Written by former Google and Apple executive Kim Scott, “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” explains how to be a kind-yet-challenging manager. Her framework for success will help you become a more effective leader and a better colleague. If your managerial role often leaves you stressed, this book will give you a new prospective.
Chances are, you’ve probably watched leadership expert Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “Start With Why,” so now it’s time to read the book. “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” focuses on the reasons some companies and leaders realize greater success than others. Sinek explains that the world’s greatest leaders actually think, behave, and communicate the same way, which will definitely give you something to ponder.
“The One Minute Manager” — Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
If you haven’t read this classic management book, it’s time to change that. “The One Minute Manager,” offers techniques to help improve your productivity, job satisfaction, and personal success. Written on the premise that one-minute goals, praises, and reprimands are the most effective approach, you’ll learn the science behind this theory and how to apply these practices to your own life.
“Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World” — Tim Ferriss
In 2017, Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” came back with “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World.” More of a life-enhancement read than a traditional business book, Ferriss interviewed world-class performers to learn their secrets to success. A playbook of sorts, you’ll learn everything from strategies to create an optimal morning routine to how to assess your priorities.
“The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Thing Done” — Peter F. Drucker
Another management classic, “The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Thing Done,” focuses on accomplishing what others overlook. Drucker shares five practices he considers essential to business success that you can put to work at your own job. Be prepared to get results after reading this book and taking his words of wisdom to heart.
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