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Leadership & Business Growth Books for May 2012

Here are our top picks for the best leadership and business growth books this month.

The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance

“David Gebler has written a much-needed and timely book. The 3 Power Values provides a simple framework for action that will help any organization reduce risks and achieve long-term sustainable value.”—Shari Redstone, vice-chairman, CBS Corporation and Viacom, Inc.

“Just an excellent, excellent book. Gebler brings needed common sense to the often vague, unactionable, and fog-sculpting enterprise known as organizational effectiveness.”—Charles H. Green, coauthor, The Trusted Advisor; founder and CEO,Trusted Advisor Associates

“An erudite and comprehensive account of why culture and values matter from a consultant who lives and breathes his métier.” —Richard Barrett, chairman and founder, Barrett Values Centre; author, The New Leadership Paradigm

“Outstanding practical guidance on a difficult and crucially important issue for managers.” —Joseph L. Badaracco, John Shad Professor of Business Ethics,Harvard Business School

“Drawing heavily on basic psychological and economic principles, The 3 Power Values is a must-read for leaders wishing to better understand their people, their organizations, and themselves. All of us benefit when individuals and organizations exercise commitment, integrity, and transparency.”—Jennifer Robin, coauthor, The Great Workplace

“Illuminating, compelling, and actionable. A true contribution for leaders navigating the complex intersection of company performance, values, compliance, people, and organizational behavior.” —Kim Rucker, senior vice president and general counsel, Avon Products, Inc.

Flip the Script: How to Turn the Tables and Win in Business and Life

Have you ever felt stuck in your career or in your personal life? Do you want to write new and exciting chapters to the story of your life? You just have to learn to flip the script. Few executives in media today are as well respected for their ability to turn a business or situation around as Bill Wackermann. As a leading executive in the publishing industry he is esteemed for his powerful combination of business ingenuity and innovative branding. The New York Times has heralded his work, stating, “Mr. Wackermann is becoming known for the offbeat campaigns he creates,” and Fashion Daily called him “Times Square’s turnaround artist.” His simple approach to this kind of transformation transcends the publishing industry, impacting the worlds of entertainment, fashion, and art. Here, in his hip lifestyle guide, he shows how to turn negative situations around and how to create new opportunities for business and personal growth.

Through helpful tips and engaging stories, Wackermann empowers readers to embrace self-knowledge and be confident of their individual talents. With great energy and enthusiasm, he presents a clear and clever program for how people can turn their lives around, essentially discovering how to “flip the script” by identifying prospects where none existed and rewriting their personal stories for the better. He encourages readers to think of ways to turn every problem or situation around to their benefit. Packed with advice such as how to watch for potential openings that might be right in front of you or how to embrace a mantra of personal responsibility, his book draws on eye-opening stories from his life and the lives of friends and colleagues to show how readers can start to find success today.

Flip the Script is a highly intuitive and engrossing guide for everyone from entry level to the corner office. Wackermann shares his results-oriented approach to life and business, which has taken him from brash young upstart to seasoned executive, making it clear to younger readers, in particular, that they too can seize the director’s chair and come out on top.

Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

How did American Military leaders in the brutal POW camps of North Vietnam inspire their followers for six, seven, or eight years to remain committed to the mission, resist a cruel enemy, and return home with honor? What leadership principles engendered such extreme devotion, perseverance, and teamwork?

In this powerful and practical book, Lee Ellis, a former Air Force pilot, candidly talks about his five and a half years of captivity and the fourteen key leadership principles behind this amazing story. As a successful executive coach and corporate consultant, he helps leaders of Fortune 500 companies, healthcare executives, small business owners, and entrepreneurs utilize these same pressure-tested principles to increase their personal and organizational success.

In Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, you will learn: – Courageous lessons from POW leaders facing torture in the crucible of captivity. – How successful teams are applying these same lessons and principles. – How to implement these lessons using the Coaching sessions provided in each chapter.

In the book’s Foreword, Senator John McCain states, “In Leading with Honor, Lee draws from the POW experience, including some of his own personal story, to illustrate the crucial impact of leadership on the success of any organization. He highlights lessons and principles that can be applied to every leadership situation.”

Strategy is about shaping the future. Adaptabilitybreaks down the concept of “shaping the future” into a set of strategic adaptation rules based on solid evidence. Each rule boils down scientific research into memorable, practical wisdom illustrated with intriguing examples of strategies used by the world’s biggest and best companies.

Adaptability emphasizes the powerful distinction between adapting to cope and adapting to win. From McDonald’s to Sony, from post-war Iraq to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, Max McKeown explains how to increase the adaptability of an organization to create winning positions.

Excerpt from Adaptability: “If you are getting whipped by playing by the existing rules, get used to losing or change the game. If you can’t win by standing and fighting, then run and hide. If you can’t win by being big, be small. If you can’t win by being small, be big. The first rule of winning is that there is no one way to win.”

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell’s “Thirteen Rules”—notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations. Powell’s short but sweet rules such as “Get mad, then get over it” and “Share credit” illustrate his emphasis on conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others.

A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. Taken together, they comprise a powerful portrait of a reflective, self-effacing leader.

Thoughtful and revealing, Colin Powell’s It Worked for Me is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.

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