12 New Leadership Books for October – November 2010

Olympic Gold Medal Winner for 100m freestyle, Goldfish leagueNew Releases in Leadership

Looking for new business books on leadership? Below are the latest book releases on Amazon with their respective product descriptions. Carmine Gallo’s next act after The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience focuses on innovation. John Paul Kotter, who’s regarded as an authority on leadership and change, also has a new book that teaches how to get buy in for your ideas.

innovation-secrets-steve-jobs1. The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success

When it comes to innovation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is legendary. His company slogan “Think Different” is more than a marketing tool. It’s a way of life–a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation that anyone can apply to any field of endeavor. These are the Seven Principles of Innovation, inspired by the master himself:

  • Do What You Love. Think differently about your career.
  • Put a Dent in the Universe. Think differently about your vision.
  • Kick Start Your Brain. Think differently about how you think.
  • Sell Dreams, Not Products. Think differently about your customers.
  • Say No to 1,000 Things. Think differently about design.
  • Create Insanely Great Experiences. Think differently about your brand experience.
  • Master the Message. Think differently about your story.

2. Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

profiles-in-leadershipThe best historians in the land consider examples of great leadership, well known and surprising, from Washington to Willkie and more. What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she one of the most decisive figures in the movement for civil rights?

Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians, including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Robert Dallek, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays represent a valuable set of reflections on the enduring ingredients of leadership—the focus of an introduction by Walter Isaacson.

3. Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down

buy-in-john-kotterYou’ve got a good idea. You know it could make a crucial difference for you, your organization, your community. You present it to the group, but get confounding questions, inane comments, and verbal bullets in return. Before you know what’s happened, your idea is dead, shot down. You’re furious. Everyone has lost: Those who would have benefited from your proposal. You. Your company. Perhaps even the country.

It doesn’t have to be this way, maintain John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead. In Buy-In, they reveal how to win the support your idea needs to deliver valuable results. The key? Understand the generic attack strategies that naysayers and obfuscators deploy time and time again. Then engage these adversaries with tactics tailored to each strategy. By “inviting in the lions” to critique your idea–and being prepared for them–you’ll capture busy people’s attention, help them grasp your proposal’s value, and secure their commitment to implementing the solution.

The book presents a fresh and amusing fictional narrative showing attack strategies in action. It then provides several specific counter strategies for each basic category the authors have defined–including:

  • Death-by-delay: Your enemies push discussion of your idea so far into the future it’s forgotten.
  • Confusion: They present so much data that confidence in your proposal dies.
  • Fearmongering: Critics catalyze irrational anxieties about your idea.
  • Character assassination: They slam your reputation and credibility.
  • Smart, practical, and filled with useful advice, Buy-In equips you to anticipate and combat attacks–so your good idea makes it through to make a positive change.

4. Playbook for Success: A Hall of Famer’s Business Tactics for Teamwork and Leadership

playbook-for-successThere are basics that every woman must have if she is to succeed in the corporate world, start and run her own business, or coach her own winning team. In Playbook for Success, Hall of Fame Business Entrepreneur Nancy Lieberman brings her leadership and coaching ability to the boardroom to teach professional women the same rules of success she teaches her players.

Playbook for Success is a plan to help make success a part of one’s daily routine and teach women that success is not just a title or corner office, but an attitude, belief, and way of life. Teaches the top sports-related skills women need to thrive in the corporate world, featuring a provocative examination of women and teamwork. Includes profiles of women succeeding in business, ways to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses, and exercises that can be used in the business world.

5. Becoming a Master Manager: A Competing Values Approach

becoming-a-master-managerThis fifth edition emphasizes the importance of developing management skills or admitted that learning about management concepts was not the same as learning how to apply those concepts in practice. It is built on a solid foundation of theory and empirical evidence that provides a compelling case for why specific competencies are important. The framework offers managers an enduring foundation for analyzing what types of behaviors are most appropriate to achieve organizational goals in light of the existing environment. This edition overall gives a strong background in management skills and concepts needed on the job.

6. Personality Poker: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation

personality-pokerDo you delight in planning and taking action? Do you revel in facts and data? Do you crave new ideas and experiences? Do you feel more complete when you are around others? In other words, are you a spade, diamond, club, or heart?

Find out by taking one of the quickest, easiest, and most entertaining personality tests to ever hit the business market. Over 25,000 people in dozens of Fortune 500 companies have played Personality Poker to spur innovation and optimize growth. Use the included cards and Steve Shapiro’s insightful techniques to identify your personality “strong suit,” revealing where you really belong in an organization and how to maximize your contribution. You will also discover:

  • Why the person you like the least is the one you need the most
  • How your greatest strength can limit your success
  • Why homogenous teams are more efficient, but end up limiting innovation

7. The Seven Arts of Change: Leading Business Transformation That Lasts

seven-arts-of-changesMany businesses try to change, but few succeed. At best, a few buzzwords and new reports become part of the company’s structure. At worst, programs crash and burn, and the members of the organization become irreparably disillusioned with the revolving door of new-mission statements. According to David Shaner-a business consultant with a 100% success rate of change at companies including Duracell, Frito-Lay, Caesars Palace and Gillette-the problem is that those changes don’t address either individuals or the corporate culture. They’re only on the surface.

Combining lessons drawn from four decades of Aikido with knowledge gleaned from his 30-year consulting career, Shaner merges Eastern philosophy with Western business savvy to present his Seven Arts of Change (including the Arts of Preparation, Relaxation, and Compassion), showing how individual adjustments-from the CEO down-can transform a company. Using exercises, strategies, and real-life examples to show how to awaken the untapped potential in any organization and every person within it, Shaner shows how to create change built to last.

8. Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance

virtual-team-succeszIn today’s complex organizations it is not uncommon to have as many as 50 percent of employees working on virtual teams. As the “virtual revolution” continues to spread, how can companies ensure that virtual team collaboration is producing the desired results?

Highly practical and easy to navigate, Virtual Team Success leverages the authors’ robust global research study and hands-on experience to provide an immediately usable resource for virtual team members and team leaders. This groundbreaking book is a hands-on, practical toolkit filled with down-to-earth examples and insights that can enhance the virtual team experience for everyone involved.

The authors’ research study is one of the most comprehensive applied studies ever conducted on virtual teams, and all of the recommendations outlined are based on these findings as well as the authors’ years of experience helping virtual teams and virtual team leaders effectively lead and collaborate from a distance. To help organizations and leaders enhance virtual team performance, the book includes:

  • Why Virtual Teams Fail outlines the four pitfalls that frequently derail virtual teams
  • Profile of High Performing Team addresses the characteristics of the most effective virtual teams and what makes them successful
  • Virtual Team Launch Kit provides practical guidelines and tools for successfully launching virtual teams
  • How to RAMP Up Your Team’s Effectiveness introduces a practical research-based model of virtual team effectiveness to improve team performance
  • Profile of Top Performing Virtual Team Leaders identifies the practices of the most successful virtual team leaders
  • Facilitating High-Impact Virtual Meetings includes tips and techniques to effectively lead “v-meetings”
  • Virtual Team Success also includes practical resources for virtual team leaders, quick reference guides for diagnosing virtual team problems, and six lessons for virtual team success.

9. Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations

boundary-spanning-leadershipWe live in a world of vast collaborative potential. Yet all too often, powerful boundaries create barriers that can splinter groups. And this can lead to uninspiring results. To transform borders into frontiers in today’s global, multistakeholder organizations, you need Boundary Spanning Leadership. Powered by a decade of global research and practice by the top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), this book takes you from rural towns in the United States to Hong Kong’s skyline and from a modernizing South Africa to the bustling streets of India, showing you how to build bridges across boundaries.

Through compelling stories and practical tools and tactics, you’ll learn how to apply the six boundary spanning practices that occur at the nexus where groups collide, intersect, and link:

  • Buffering defines boundaries to create safety
  • Reflecting creates understanding of boundaries to foster respect
  • Connecting suspends boundaries to build trust
  • Mobilizing reframes boundaries to develop community
  • Weaving interlaces boundaries to advance interdependence
  • Transforming cross-cuts boundaries to enable reinvention
  • Together, these practices combine to create what authors Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason call the Nexus Effect. The Nexus Effect allows groups to be more agile in response to changing markets; be more flexible in devising and deploying cross-functional learning and problem-solving capabilities; work with partners in deeper, more open relationships; empower virtual teams; and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive organization that brings out everybody’s best.

Boundaries exist. What matters most is how you work to bridge these divides and transform your organization’s wide-ranging talents and knowledge to deliver value. With Boundary Spanning Leadership, the possibilities are limitless.

10. How Audiences Decide: A Cognitive Approach to Business Communication

How Audiences Decide: A Cognitive Approach to Business Communication draws on a vast research literature and summarizes relevant theories and findings from the fields of social cognition, consumer behavior, decision science, behavioral finance, affective science, cognitive science, and neuroscience. It delves into the hearts and minds of a breath-taking array of audiences: from Wall Street analysts to viewers of the evening news, from army officers to hospital patients, from venture capitalists to grocery shoppers, from CEOs to college admissions officers, from job recruiters to mock jurors. It surveys a broad range of communication techniques—including those concerning speaking, writing, content, style, typography, nonverbal behaviors, charts, images, rational arguments, and emotional appeals—and examines the empirical evidence supporting each of them.

her-place-at-the-table11. Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success

Her Place at the Table is a practical guide for any woman dealing with a demanding role. Drawing on extensive interviews with women leaders, the authors isolate five key challenges.

  • Getting it can be a tricky proposition for women
  • Backing–no one wants to take on a tough job without the support of major players, but you can’t take those allies for granted
  • Resources–allocations don’t always square with the results expected
  • Buy-In–you can’t lead if no one wants to follow, but bringing a team on board can be problematic
  • Making a Difference–the value you create must be visible before it makes a difference

12. Hard Goals : The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

hard-goalsEvery company has goals these days. So why do most goals fall short? Why do leaders keep setting the same failed goals year after year? HARD Goals gives you the cutting-edge science to engage every employee in pursuing and achieving extraordinary goals. No more procrastination, foot-dragging, or giving up. With HARD Goals, your organization will achieve astonishing results. Every CEO, manager, and employee needs to read this book.