The following is a list of books that I’ve found helpful over the course of our journey into Continuous Improvement. Given the length of the list (which was read over the course of numerous years), you might begin with the essentials that are consistently mentioned in this blog, or with any book on a subject of unique urgency to you. Of course, eventually, this blog will produce a book which would belong at the top. (At least, I think it’ll belong at the top.)
Change the Culture, Change the Game joins their classic book, The Oz Principle, and their recent bestseller, How Did That Happen?, to complete the most comprehensive series ever written on workplace accountability. Based on an earlier book, Journey to the Emerald City, this fully revised installment captures what the authors have learned while working with the hundreds of thousands of people on using organizational culture as a strategic advantage.
Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, already a phenomenon in its self-published edition, addresses the most important issue in business and society today: personal accountability.
The lack of personal accountability has resulted in an epidemic of blame, complaining, and procrastination. No organization-or individual-can achieve goals, compete in the marketplace, fulfill a vision, or develop people and teams without personal accountability.
Most people are fearful of change because they don’t believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.
When the Y2K panic gripped the corporate realm before the new millennium, most work environments finally recognized the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. And businesses realized that this was not enough: they needed to help people get ready, too.
And when you go home each day and ask yourself was today well-spent and did I do good, you will answer yes only when you have looked into the eyes of your people and with words that are strong, clear and compassionate somehow make them better than they were that morning. The growth may be barely noticeable to the naked eye.
But as their coach, you will notice and they will know that you know. The players on your team long for a leader who will teach; challenge; and love them right where they are.
Creating a Lean Culture
Mary Kay Way
Mary Kay Ash
Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Any “Leadership” book by
Speed of Trust
It Isn’t Just Business, It’s Personal
Mojo, How to Get it……
How to Become a Great Boss
Jeffrey J. Fox
The Shack (for spiritual motivation)
William Paul Young
The Leadership Pipeline
The 4 Disciplines of Execution
The Oz Principle
Lean for Dummies
Natalie J. Sayer
Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Ann & Bob Harper
First, Break All the Rules
Toyota Production System
The One Minute Manager
The Soul of Leadership
Robert K. Greenleaf
Help the Helper
Why Success Always Starts with Failure
The Modern Theory of the Toyota Production System
Phillip Marksberry, PhD, PE