Managing Change Into The 21st Century
by Elisabeth von Clemm, M.A.

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Empowerment: Help or Hype?
by Elisabeth von Clemm, M.A.

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People are always asking us, "What can I read that will help support my development?" Well, here are a few of our favorites that will stand the test of time.
Leading the Organization
Good to Great, Why Some Companies make the Leap and Others Don't
by Jim Collins (HarperCollins, 2001)

If you were to read only one book about creating a successful organization of any size, this is it. This well-researched and well-reasoned analysis describes how companies make the leap from good to great and sustain results over time. Well balanced, based on fact not opinion, this book debunks many common myths about how to be successful in business.
Leading Change
by John P. Kotter (Harvard Business School Press, 1996)

This classic resource on implementing organizational change is still relevant today. Practical and clearly-written, Kotter outlines an 8-stage roadmap to implementing strategic initiatives of any kind, and is relevant to business leaders at all levels of the organization. This is the overview to read before digging into the details!
Management Principles That Work!
First, Break All The Rules, What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (Simon and Shuster, 1999)

Based on two research studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization over the last 25 years, this book outlines what top performing employees need from their workplace and then outlines the specific management behaviors that increase profitability, productivity, innovation and customer satisfaction. This book ties management principles to the bottom line based on research rather than opinion.
Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton (Free Press, 2001)

A follow-up to First, Break All The Rules, this book describes how to manage and develop yourself, your people and your organization by identifying and enhancing strengths rather than overcoming weaknesses. At the heart of the book is a Web-based interactive questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization that allows the reader to identify their top five inborn talents. The book then describes how to turn those talents into strengths for greater personal and career success. For anyone who wants to find their "right fit", to manage by "pull" rather than "push," or who wants a new model of developing their people, this is a must-read.
Bringing Out The Best in People, How To Apply The Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement
by Aubrey C. Daniels (McGraw Hill 2000)

This book logically describes the what, why and how of shaping people's performance. This is a "technical" read but you will get everything you need to know about managing human performance from the first four chapters. The principles can be applied to individual or organizational performance problems.
For The Small Business Owner
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
by Michael E. Gerber, (HarperBusiness, 1995)

In this revised edition of the classic, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of your success. For entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel like their business is running them instead of the other way around, this is a great read.
Hiring the Right People
The Evaluation Interview, How to Probe Deeply, Get Candid Answers and Predict the Performance of Job Applicants
by Richard A. Fear, Bob Chiron and Robert J. Chiron (McGraw Hill Trade, 5th edition, 2002)

When first published over 30 years ago, The Evaluation Interview gained immediate recognition as one of the best books on the subject of behavioral interviewing. The book features practical techniques on how to: get an interviewee to loosen up and feel at ease; assess an applicant's overall "fit" with the organization's needs and culture; get candid answers to interview questions from job candidates who may have something to hide; and, how to stay in control of the interview.
Finding, Hiring, and Keeping the Best Employees
by Robert Half (John Wiley & Sons, 1993)

This is a good reference book with a comprehensive overview of the entire selection process, including the often over-looked aspects of retention. Full of practical tips and strategies.
Maintaining Balance and Resilience
The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Free Press 2003)

This book presents a compelling case that the way we manage our energy is more important to our success than how we manage our time. Loeher and Schwartz have put together a practical guide for business leaders who want to increase their energy and level of engagement on and off the job. By showing how to mobilize, align and maintain the four key sources of energy (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), this book provide an antidote to stress and burn-out, and shows leaders how to maintain truly superior performance over time.
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Take Time For Your Life, A Personal Coach's 7-Step program for Creating the Life You Want
by Cheryl Richardson (Broadway Books, 1999)

You can achieve professional success without compromising your values or quality of life. If your life feels out-of-balance and out-of-control, this book can help you step back and re-examine your priorities in all the major areas of your life: self, time, energy, money, relationships and purpose. Packed with useful exercises, checklists and a wealth of resources, this is a do-it-yourself program for those who want the benefits of working with a leadership and life coach.
The Enneagram: A Great Tool for Self-Renewal
Discovering Your Personality Type, Revised Edition
by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson (Houghton Miflin, 2003)

Great first read for an objective and accurate overview of the Enneagram. The best short and "non-psychological" descriptions of the types. Also contains the latest version of the RHETI (Riso Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator) to help you identify your Enneagram type.
The 9 Ways of Working
by Michael J. Goldberg (Marlowe & Company, 1999)

Great resource on how different Enneagram styles show up in the workplace. You'll learn how to recognize the personality types of those you work with and use that information to understand how those people manage, communicate, make decisions, and resolve or create conflicts. Lots of practical tips and strategies!