July 2020’s Top Reads
More than 12,000 business books are published every year—an overwhelming choice for busy professionals. Therefore, in partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you July’s top three business books recommended to our readers.
“Leading Lean. Ensuring Success and Developing a Framework for Leadership” by Jean Dahl (O’Reilly, 2020, 320 pages, ISBN: 9781492046295; $27.98)
Deloitte’s lean management expert, Jean Dahl, explains the importance of implementing lean processes and fostering lean leaders. Applying the concepts of operating according to lean principles, she explains how to develop leaders who put lean concepts to best use. She details why lean leaders must satisfy customer requirements and meet their more subtle, usually unfulfilled needs. She emphasizes that leaders must master their own abilities before they can teach others—a crucial facet of their mission.
Rating (out of 10): 9
“The Fix. Overcome the Invisible Barriers that Are Holding Women Back at Work” by Michelle P. King (Atria Books, 2020, 336 pages, ISBN: 9781982110925; $13.98)
Companies that devote resources to promoting a diverse, gender-balanced workforce mostly fall short because they try to “fix” workers to fit the “ideal worker” prototype. Women learn new skills, find mentors, speak up, negotiate, and lean in—all to no avail. Gender expert Michelle P. King says these tactics don’t work because women aren’t men. King describes numerous “invisible barriers” that women and other minorities face. Firms that remove these barriers can unleash the full potential of their workforce.
Rating (out of 10): 9
“The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership. Drive Change, Manage Transitions, and Help Any Organization Turn Around” by Jackie Jenkins-Scott (Career Press Inc., 2020, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781632651594; $12.60)
Leadership consultant and strategist Jackie Jenkins-Scott discusses the differences between “responsive” and “systematic” approaches to leadership in her comprehensive introduction to responsive leadership. Responsive leaders don’t impose their views; they seek to create shared visions. They discover what their organization needs and work with their colleagues to create common ground. Jenkins-Scott’s manual will be useful to anyone who is learning about or practicing responsive leadership.
Rating (out of 10): 8
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