I’ve chosen two books that I believe are perfect for summer reading. Both books are not your typical heavy business or career read; and the best thing – they can be read in a very short space of time. Isn’t that what summer reading is all about?
For the Manager: The Little Book of Coaching – Motivating People To Be Winners
Ken Blanchard, Author of the One Minute Manager, co-authored the Little Book of Coaching with Don Shula, former coach of the Miami Dolphins.
This is the perfect beach side book as it’s written so you can easily navigate through it and pick up at any point. It’s a series of key quotes and statements that associate with their acronym: C.O.A.C.H. This book has many inspiring ideas and stories that can be applied to both personal and business. I believe it is an essential read for anyone in a leadership or management role.
Career Reading: Johnny Bunko – The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Pink wrote this book in Manga format, so end to end this book should take no more than an hour. It’s visual format and strong messaging serves as the ultimate guide to take charge of your career that may actually help you get unstuck and start doing what really makes you happy and fulfilled. This book carries a universal message applicable to both those deeply into their career as well as for those just beginning.
~ Sarah McNeill
Here is a great visual on Daniel Pink’s talk about the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. We enjoyed the graphics. Perfect for busy people like you and me.
~ Jessica Rozitis
Daniel Pink’s engaging TED talk on ‘The surprising science of motivation’ poses a compelling case on the mismatch of what science knows and what business does. In order to achieve ’21st century tasks’ businesses cannot base their policies about talent and people on assumptions that are outdated. Thus the bigger carrot or the sharper stick do nothing more than restrict possibility in this new age of business. The focus needs to be around intrinsic motivators.
A bit about carrots and sticks and when they can work. These contingent motivators work when there is a simple set of rules and a clear destination. Narrow focus = low creativity. When carrots and sticks don’t work: When there are periphery or non obvious solutions. The reward only narrows the focus.
Daniel Pink summarizes the new operating system to motivation by three essential building blocks as the new way of doing things:
Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives
Mastery – the desire to get better and better at something that matters
Purpose-the yearning to do what we in service of something larger than ourselves.
People do things because they are a part of something. So if you want high performance and employee engagement, you will probably agree that self direction works better.
Are you part of a company built upon carrots or sticks or does a greater purpose exist for you and your team?
Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation:
~ Sarah McNeill
What are your Career reading options currently? 30-hour books, Google, or business articles?
New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Pink steps up for America with a new wave of providing career lessons through the Japanese comic format known as manga and with a humourous flair!
Ready for a REFRESHING yet insightful read anyone?
Some of Daniel Pink’s wisdom: 6 Lessons of a satisfying, productive Career:
1. There is no plan.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
3. It’s not about you.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
5. Make excellent mistakes
6. Leave an imprint.
~ Sharon Tong