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By Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson and Ethan Willis
The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, 2008 

Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/The-One-Minute-Entrepreneur-Sustaining/dp/0385526024)

At first glance, one might wonder how anyone could become an entrepreneur in just one minute, but that's not what this book is all about. Instead, it's a gentle reminder to entrepreneurs to stop for a moment and reflect where they are at each stage of the business cycle. It's also a reminder to keep focused and grounded, not letting success go to their head. Written in conversational tone, the book is full of inspirations, insights, examples and advice, but is somewhat pricey for such a quick read.

By Jo Owen
Prentice Hall, 2007
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No matter that this book was written in England, if you are looking for a practical "how to" book on gaining management influence and succeeding in organizations today, this is it! Owen suggests that high intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) are simply not enough; instead, smart managers strive to develop solid political intelligence (PQ). In his view, political intelligence is all about understanding how an organization works and developing an ability to make things happen in a world of increasing ambiguity combined with decreasing authority. The author contends that political IQ is a learnable skill and recommends a six-step process to develop strategies that deal with the who, what, where, when, how, and why, of organizational power. The book is well laid out, easy to read, practical and straightforward. A quick but powerful read.

By Bruce Bodaken and Robert Fritz

Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. 2006

Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/The-Managerial-Moment-Truth-Performance/dp/1451655355)

 

It's well known that managers fail to nip performance problems in the bud and avoid the task by stating excuses such as a lack of time. Bodaken and Fritz offer a simple yet disciplined formula to help managers "speak the truth about performance in ways that work". Their four-step formula is complemented by good examples and can be applied with individuals, intact and cross functional teams, strategic alliances and repeat offenders. You will learn about the different types of questions to ask and gain tips on analysis of conversations as well as personal skill development. Whereas coaching, mentoring and developing employee capacity should be high on the agenda of any manager, this books looks like one you can't afford to miss.

Nina Disesa

Ballentyne Books

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Sharon L. Lechter, Greg S. Reid


Sterling Publishing with The Napoleon Hill Foundation


Purchase here (http://www.amazon.com/Three-Feet-Gold-Obstacles-Opportunities/dp/1402784791)

Michael E. Gerber
Harper  Collins Publishers, Inc.
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This is an updated version of an earlier best seller on the trials and tribulations of starting and growing your own business. Famous for the concept of working “on the business” instead of “in the business”, Gerber uses dialogue with a client and her business to help readers understand the concepts he is teaching. While in most cases this is a good approach, I found that the lessons were sometimes long in coming. I would rather they have been more brief and to the point. However, the book does have value for entrepreneurs and will certainly make you sit up and pay attention to where you are going.

 

Ted Rogers with Robert Brehl
Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., 2008
Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/Relentless-Story-Behind-Rogers-Communications/dp/1554680271)

Ram Charan


McGraw Hill, 2009


Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/Leadership-Era-Economic-Uncertainty-Managing/dp/0071626166)

 

Ram Charan’s hard punching guide to survival focuses on one word and that is “cash, cash and cash”. He rightly points out that this global economic crisis is the biggest management challenge in decades and that most people don’t know how to deal with it.

By Patricia Barbato

Insomniac Press

Purchase here (http://www.amazon.ca/Inspire-Your-Career-Strategies-Success/dp/1897178921)

Written in a down to earth manner, almost as the author is speaking directly to the reader, Inspire your career is full of wise counsel from a young lady who progressed quickly in her career. Using personal experience and reflection exercises, the author takes readers on a journey that touches on the many areas new workers confront early.

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