Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen
Provides a prescriptive approach for capturing all those commitments that we have made and an efficient way to get them out of our heads and into a trusted system. I can personally attest that practicing these principles has doubled my productivity because now I can make use of small pockets of time, am reminded when key activities are due, and more creativity since my mind in not cluttered with remembering all the small details. Above all quit using your inbox to manage your next actions.
The Power of Focus Jack Canfield
The Power of Full Engagement Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Adopts the metaphor of an elite athlete to explain the concepts of full engagement. This really is a game changer and I found that I identified with the case studies provided in the book. The authors assert that knowledge workers actually face more difficult demands on their energy, time, and mental stamina than that of an athlete. An athlete trains hard for a short burst followed by regular rest, contrasted with business leaders who are required to always be on and rarely experience regular sources of renewal.
Slack Tom DeMarco
This book explores the need to build slack or downtime into your routine to ensure continued productivity. Taking time out also increases our creative abilities, problem solving, and analysis skills. A great book, backed by research, that gives you permission to take a vacation.
The Effective Executive Peter Drucker
The essential cannon of leadership and effectiveness.
The Carrot Principle Adrian Gostick
This book hypothesizes about the accelerated benefits that can be achieved with the basics of leadership with the application of purpose-based recognition. The ideas are rooted in extensive studies with example applications. This is an excellent book for anyone looking to enhance their leadership effectiveness.
Seeing Yourself As Others Do Carol Ann Keers
This book describes techniques and approaches used to develop executive presence across many facets including: 1. Communication 2. Expectation Setting 3. Persuasion
This is a great read to understand where you should be at a particular point in your career and what skills are expected.
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Organized for Success Stephanie Winston
I found this book to be a excellent general reference on organization. It covers a broad range of topics from organizing your workspace, using technology, and time management.
Upgrade Your Life Gina Trapani
This is for the technology savvy executive who is looking for ways to automate routine tasks. This includes tips for both the mac and windows platform.