By Tamara McLendon —
I’ve always appreciated reading recommendations and articles shared by others, so I thought I’d pay it forward a bit. Here’s a brief list of great books and other media I’ve encountered (or re-encountered!) this year that really made an impact on how I operate personally and as an owner of a professional services business.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. A perennial favorite that I’ve re-read multiple times over the years. It advocates fairly simple methods for getting your whole life in order so that you can get the right things done at the right time.
- Crucial Accountability and/or Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny. There’s some overlap here, so you may not need to read both books. They discuss how to approach difficult difficult conversations with colleagues, employees, family, and friends. It suggests first examining your goal, then examining your assumptions, and only then approaching the person with an eye toward problem-solving and relationship-building.
- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman. He lays out a management and measurement structure that helps businesses continuously improve their processes, and get really efficient. The phrase that sticks in my head is that if you treat your business as a “franchise prototype,” and you document the heck out of everything, you free up time and resources to make real progress.
- Harvard Business Review, a publication of Harvard Business School. It comes every two months, and is so full of good, deep articles that it often takes me a full month to just read through it. The most recent issue has articles on time management for CEOs, the pitfalls of being too collaborative, and helping employees find meaning in their work. I keep a notepad with me when I read it because I’m always learning new things.
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