Resources

Helpful resources

Management tools

Alltop
One of Guy Kawasaki’s ventures, a content aggregating site with All the Top stories
Businessballs
Free online management and business training tools and information
Gallup Business Journal
Research-based articles, books, and information on employee and customer management
Harvard Business Review
Business and leadership articles, blogs, and books.
Knowledge@Wharton
Online research and analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Manager Tools
Free manager tools and podcasts
McKinsey Quarterly
Online business strategy magazine from McKinsey & Co consulting
MindTools
Free management and career tools

General perspective

The 4-hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Oregon business information

Oregon Business
Original commentary and reporting from Oregon Business bloggers, contributed opinion pieces, business tips columns and other web exclusive content.
Oregon Live: Silicon Forest
News on Oregon tech companies from The Oregonian's Mike Rogoway
Portland Business Journal
Portland's premier business publication providing comprehensive coverage of the local economic landscape, offering in-depth industry analysis, business tools, market leads and 35+ annual award & networking events
Silicon Florist
Covering the blossoming startup industry in Portland, Oregon, and the Silicon Forest

Recommended reading

On Management

First, Break All the Rules
What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites. This amazing book explains why.

Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

On Team development

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
A Leadership Fable

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Patrick Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators

In the years following the publication of Patrick Lencioni’s best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, fans have been clamoring for more information on how to implement the ideas outlined in the book. In Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni offers more specific, practical guidance for overcoming the Five Dysfunctions—using tools, exercises, assessments, and real-world examples. He examines questions that all teams must ask themselves: Are we really a team? How are we currently performing? Are we prepared to invest the time and energy required to be a great team? Written concisely and to the point, this guide gives leaders, line managers, and consultants alike the tools they need to get their teams up and running quickly and effectively.

The Advantage
Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

Patrick Lencioni’s first non-fiction book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health—complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way—one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles.

On Managing Change

The Heart of Change
Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

Why is organizational change so hard? Because in order to make any transformation successful, you must change more than just the structure and operations of an organization—you need to change people’s behavior. And that is never easy. The Heart of Change is your guide to helping people think and feel differently in order to meet your shared goals. According to bestselling author and renowned leadership expert John Kotter and coauthor Dan Cohen, this focus on connecting with people’s emotions is what will spark the behavior change and actions that lead to success. The Heart of Change is the engaging and essential complement to John Kotter’s international bestseller Leading Change.

The Heart of Change Field Guide
Tools And Tactics for Leading Change in Your Organization

The Heart of Change Field Guide provides a practical framework for implementing each step in the change process, as well as a new three-phase approach to execution: creating a climate for change, engaging and enabling the whole organization, and implementing and sustaining change. Hands-on diagnostics–including a crucial “change readiness module”–reveal the dynamics that will help or hinder success at each phase of the change process. Both flexible and scaleable, the frameworks presented in this guide can be tailored for any size or type of change initiative. Filled with practical tools, checklists, and expert commentary, this must-have guide translates the most powerful approaches available for creating successful change into concrete, actionable steps for you and your organization.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Change Management

Most company’s change initiatives fail. Yours don’t have to. If you read nothing else on change management, read these 10 articles (featuring “Leading Change”, by John P. Kotter). We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you spearhead change in your organization. HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Change Management will inspire you to lead change through eight critical stages; establish a sense of urgency; overcome addiction to the status quo; mobilize commitment; silence naysayers; minimize the pain of change; concentrate resources; and motivate change when business is good.

On Interpersonal Skills

Crucial Conversations
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to prepare for high-stakes situations; transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue; make it safe to talk about almost anything; and be persuasive, not abrasive.

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