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Bookcase: Bedtime Stories for Managers
Jul22

Bookcase: Bedtime Stories for Managers

In recent years, leadership has been pronounced more important than mere management – the key to personal and organizational success. In his latest book, McGill University Professor and provocateur Henry Mintzberg takes issue, calling it a “fable” that has been bad for management and worse for leadership. “The fashionable depiction sees leaders as doing the right things while managers...

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Bookcase: The Next Level
Mar26

Bookcase: The Next Level

When consultant Scott Eblin started working on The Next Level in 2004, he was trying to help people promoted to an executive-level position for their first time. But now, as the third edition of his successful guidebook has been published, he has a broader perspective. “The content of the book helps with a lot of next-level situations beyond a promotion to...

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Bookcase: When
Oct02

Bookcase: When

A few years back, consultants with ghSMART told us the biggest question we face is “who”: Picking staff is our most important decision, even more critical than “what” – the strategy we will employ. These days, in an era in which purpose is prized, “why” can often be the biggest question. But recently, best-selling author Daniel Pink turned our...

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Bookcase: Radical Candor
Jul26

Bookcase: Radical Candor

Radical candour sounds rather outré as a prescription for government executives. Careful caution is often the norm. But consultant Kim Scott believes candor is critical for relationships and internal organizational communications. And if that doesn’t convince you, her new book, Radical Candor, still has some terrific ideas to improve your weekly schedule of meetings and make them effective. She...

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Bookcase: Leading the Unleadable
Jun27

Bookcase: Leading the Unleadable

Your team probably includes some difficult people. You may not have chosen them – they could have been inherited – but they are your responsibility, even if at times you don’t know what to do. Should you shunt them off onto a project? Chastise them in public? Ignore the situation and hope the team handles it? Minimize their responsibilities?...

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Bookcase: The Silo Effect
Jun13

Bookcase: The Silo Effect

Government is replete with silos. Like the weather, everyone complains about them but nobody does much to change it. And if they try, they often find the silos sturdier than expected. That’s why Gillian Tett’s The Silo Effect is an interesting book for government executives. Primarily about business, it still includes government, which is rare in leadership epistles. And...

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