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Gallup Business Journal
Research-based articles, books, and information on employee and customer management
Knowledge@Wharton
Online research and analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
McKinsey Quarterly
Online business strategy magazine from McKinsey & Co consulting
MindTools
Free management and career tools
EOS - The Entrepreneurial Operating System
Get a Grip on Your Business! The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) helps owners and leadership teams create healthier, stronger businesses and achieve powerful results.

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.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind.  By following the 4 Disciplines—Focusing on the Wildly Important; Acting on Lead Measures; Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard; Creating a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

Dare to Lead
Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

I’ve been in the business of leadership development for over 20 years and it is rare to come across a book that introduces breakthrough ideas, language, and tools for building emotional intelligence. Especially ones that are backed in research. Thank you, Brené Brown, for your powerful new book, Dare to Lead. I highly recommend it – this is about how to be your best at work and in life. I finished it on a single plane ride and will be revisiting and recommending it regularly.

Traction
Get a Grip on Your Business

In Traction, you’ll learn the secrets of strengthening the six key components of your business. You’ll discover simple yet powerful ways to run your company that will give you and your leadership team more focus, more growth, and more enjoyment. Successful companies are applying Traction every day to run profitable, frustration-free businesses—and you can too.

FYI: For Your Improvement
Competencies Development Guide

FYI® for your improvement is an easy-to-use development tool that features a chapter of actionable tips for each of 38 Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™ competencies and 10 career stallers and stoppers. 

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 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.

Fierce Conversations
Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, she explains, you must transform everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to get your message across—and get what you want. In this guide, which includes a workbook and The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches you how to:

• Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
• Expand and enrich relationships with colleagues, friends, and family
• Increase clarity and improve understanding
• Handle strong emotions—on both sides of the table
• Connect with colleagues, customers and family at a deep level

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