The Book That Solved My #1 Problem

The Book That Solved My #1 Problem

Culture.  Teamwork.  High performance.  These are the results that leaders today are looking for and most often management’s biggest challenge to create and sustain.  And yes, we are expected to do more with less, saving time and creating value for our clients and customers.

So, if I could only take one business book to use as a resource for the rest of my career (a “desert island business book if you will”, it’d be The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.  This is the book I’ve committed to rereading every year.  Because when your team has this dysfunction corrected, it’s the difference between driving on the highway in 3rd gear or in 5th gear.  Night and day.  The difference between beating your head against the wall and being exciting Sunday night that tomorrow is Monday.

Want to know the gist?  Trust can lead to Acceptable Conflict can lead to Commitment can lead to Accountability which can then lead to what we get paid for: RESULTS!  Take out anything it on the chain and you lost what follows.  And trust is the key to it all.

Along with The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni, here are other great books that are specifically about trust and its importance:

Conflict – 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager’s Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges by Paul Falcone.  This has the scripts for how to say all the things that NEED to be said, but that no one WANTS to say.  This is a must-have for every new supervisor and leader.  If you manage people, you need to read this book.

Commitment – Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh and It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by D. Michael Abrashoff.  Both of these books showcase the power that commitment has to the culture and results of the company/unit.

Accountability – Get A Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business by Gino Wickman and Mike Paton…This is my second favorite business book of all time!!  A game changer!  This book details the system to put in place to ensure visible goals, accountability and to get your results.

Results – Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins.  This book details the ingredients needs for sustained results over time.  Little secret…leadership is the key.

These are the books that have taught me how to get up from my “face plants”, helped me avoid some mistakes and are building the framework for Switchgear’s continued growth.  What do you think of this list?

What are YOUR favorite all-time business books?!?!?!?