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Evan's Book Reviews: People

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Evan Leybourn

March 10, 2019

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I read a lot - not all of it related to agile or business management, but enough. Below are some of the important books that have shaped my thinking (and writing). Not all of them a great (as you can see from my ranking), but they all contain some interesting ideas. This group of reviews will focus on those books that relate to people (you).

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Beyond Empowerment

Author: Doug Kirkpatrick

While controversial (and I certainly don't agree with all of it), this is one of the most innovative approaches to business management and staff empowerment I have read. Built around the idea that individuals can be truly accountable in their work, Beyond Empowerment is a must read for any business leader looking for new ways to operate. I would love to see more case studies and practical implementation suggestions.

Evan's rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Creating Great Teams

Author: Sandy Mamoli and David Mole

From the back of the book: "People are happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with. Self-selecting teams give people that choice. Build well-designed and efficient teams to get the most out of your organization, with step-by-step instructions on how to set up teams quickly and efficiently. You’ll create a process that works for you, whether you need to form teams from scratch, improve the design of existing teams, or are on the verge of a big team re-shuffle."

Evan's rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Buy a copy: Amazon link


Freedom Inc

Freedom Inc – How Corporate Liberation Unleashes Employee Potential and Business Performance

Author: Brian M Carney and Isaac Getz

From the back of the book: "Corporate liberation is not a strategy. It is a business philosophy that leaders around the world are using to radically transform their organizations. Liberating leaders believe that a workplace based on respect and freedom is a more natural environment than one based on mistrust and control."

Evan's rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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To Sell Is Human

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

Author: Dan Pink

As always, Dan takes a complex idea and shines a different light on it. In To Sell is Human, Dan show’s us the social science behind the art of selling. He shares great (and sometimes funny) stories and makes it clear to the reader that everybody sells. Favourite quote: “A world of flat organizations and tumultuous business conditions – and that’s our world – punishes fixed skills and prizes elastic ones.

Evan's rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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