What can I read to help me succeed?

“What can I read to help me succeed?”  “What are some good management books?”  “Leadership books?”  I sometimes answer questions like these with the classics, such as the writings of Peter Drucker and others.  But here are a handful of interesting books that might not be on the usual leadership reading lists.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  No, I don’t mean that you should whack your competitors.  But look at some of the factors that go into building a formidable organization: a strong network of loyal allies, an unambiguous hierarchy of responsibility, experts in key positions, success and survival as primary goals, and dramatic incentives and consequences based on results.  “An offer he can’t refuse” can be positive as well as negative.

Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs Myers.  Do you have situations when you think “Why are those people responding like that?  I wouldn’t do that.  Are they stupid?  Crazy?  Malicious?  Do they think I’m stupid?”  And the next thing you know, there’s a serious conflict.  Well maybe, as shown in this book, they just observe, process, analyze, and react differently than you do.  And maybe those different sets of gifts are useful and important.  We can’t see in 3D with just one eye.

What’s your point? by Bob Boylan.  Ah, a short book!  Although focused on presentations, this material is useful for a wide range of communications.  The author leads us to what the listener really wants to hear, namely: “What’s your point?  What’s in it for me?  Now what?”

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  You can succeed without winning friends and influencing people.  For example, you could inherit wealth, power, and an army of top professions.  Even then, if you want to sustain that success, read this book.  One of the useful tips:  “You can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get them interested in you.”

The Great American Bathroom Book from Compact Classics.  No, I’m not kidding.  Here are short summaries of some of the best biographies, novels, business books, quotes, and many other examples of great literature.  You’re sure to find useful and interesting pieces in this, and it can be your doorway to further important readings.

And there are many other books that come to mind.  But what’s on your list?

PS:  You might also find some interesting ideas in my articles.

George M. Pomonik
Pomonik Consulting, Inc.
“Chaos Removal Services”SM

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