And After All That, A Book Suggestion

As soon as I say there are no good books, I stumble across one that I want to share. But before I provide any endorsements, go back and read my latest post on leadership books. First, you will note a number of suggestions from others. Obviously, I can’t speak to whether they are any good or not, but others have gotten something from them, and thats always a good place to start. But that leads to my primary warning. Anyone who recommends a book is only trying to share the epiphany he or she got from reading the book. So it is with the comments that follow. Maybe it was the medium used for delivery, maybe it was because of certain things occurring in the work environment, or maybe it was because I was tired of listening to sports radio. But this book worked, and following are some of my thoughts.

In preparation for my drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas to attend the All Star Conference, I wandered into our human resources department where they have a small library of business books. I stumbled across a book-on-CD (is that what we call books-on-tape now?) that looked somewhat interesting. Normally, I’m not the kind of person who likes to have a book read to him. The few times I’ve tried it have (best case) been kind of interesting or (worst case) actually put me to sleep (not good while driving). So, I didn’t hold out much hope. But with a five-hour drive, I thought it might be worth a try.

The book, How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules For Getting and Keeping the Best Employees by Jeffrey J. Fox, was a pleasant surprise. Now, I’m not going to say there were profound truths that changed who I am or who I want to be. What I am saying is that I found this book to be an excellent source of “remindingment.” (Yes, I made that word up.) That is, the book brought together many of the common sense points any boss or leader needs to know to succeed. Nothing profound. Nothing I didn’t already know. But an excellent reminder of the things that we often forget when we are absorbed in our day-to-day role of being in charge.

And one more caveat about this recommendation. Again, this was a book-on-CD. That means that I don’t know if it would have resonated as well in actual reading. But the spoken word was enough to make me want to find the book so I’ll have these points handy when I need to remember them again.

I’ll be honest — I’m not sure why I’m hedging this recommendation so much. (Other than I spent two previous posts indicating there is no such thing as a good leadership book, and now I’m saying I’ve found one.) But I found this to be a good book for me at this time and at this place. And I found it good enough that I think you have a better-than-average chance of finding it just as good.

A day before the conference, and I’m already learning things.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 by Mike Jacka

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