It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Where did the time go?! For me, August is a month of finishing up summer projects and getting ready for a busy fall. I usually travel quite a bit in Q3 and Q4 – so I’m looking for some excellent books for my travels.
This month’s carnival has a great selection of leadership reading and I also asked contributors to share what’s on their summer reading list. So find a nice comfy chair…maybe grab a cup of tea and enjoy this month’s reading.
Joel Garfinkle, author of Career Advancement Blog, shared the story of a manager overcoming being passed over for a promotion in “How to Get a Promotion After Being Rejected”
And he spent his summer promoting his new book “Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level” – congrats!
Changing Winds blog by Jim Taggert submitted “Real Leaders Don’t Have the Attention Spans of Squirrels”
On his summer reading list was “A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp the the Arab Spring” by CBC journalist Nahlah Ayed
At the Driving Results Through Culture blog, S. Chris Edmonds utilizes the recent sanctions against Penn State to start a discussion about “Gauging Your Organization’s Integrity”
He’s reading Mark Levy’s “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content” – and says, it’s well…genius.
Anne Perschel at Germane Insights discusses “Killer CEO Character Traits and How to Find Them”
Her summer reading suggestion? “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman
Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy published “10 Simple ‘Truths’ about Management vs. Leadership”
His summer reading list included Robert B. Parker’s “Lullaby” written by Ace Atkins
Horizon Point blog discusses the need for leaders to have expertise in the post “The Es of Leadership”
Mark Stelzner at Inflexion Advisors tells us “10 (Avoidable) Ways to Lose an HR RFP”
He cranked through two excellent novels by Gillian Flynn – “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places”
Jesse Lyn Stoner communicates “How to Identify Your Team or Organization’s Purpose”
And she just finished “Buddha’s Brain” The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” by Rick Hanson
David Burkus at LDRLB penned “Celebrity Leaders May Actually Be Falling Stars”
The best read of his summer was Cynthia Montgomery’s “The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs”
LeadBIG blog’s Jane Perdue tells us it’s okay to throw some spaghetti in her post “In praise of mad genius”
Her must read is “Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results” by William Baker and Michael O’Malley
Mike Henry at Lead Change Group shared a post written by David M. Dye on the “7 Practical Questions that will Multiply Your Influence”
He recommends reading “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business” by Patrick Lencioni followed closely by “Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Leading with Trust by Randy Conley asks the question “Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss? 8 Ways to Tell”
His good book this summer was “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” by Phil Cooke
Management Excellence by Art Petty shares with us “The Hard Work of Getting Better at What You Do”
His book recommendation: “Do Nothing: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader” by J. Keith Murninghan
Management is a Journey blog, written by Robert Tanner, talks about the “Three Questions Senior Leaders Must Ask Before Undertaking Organizational Change”
MAPping Company Success talks about extremes in “Hate, Intolerance and Responsibility”
Miki recommends “Screw Business as Usual” by Richard Branson
Tim Milburn shares the lessons he’s learned in “3 Things Putting a Golf Ball Taught Me about Decision-Making”
And he read “Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life” by Garret Kramer
Bernd Geropp at More Leadership blog tells us “What you ought to know about performance based bonus”
He just finished “Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation” from Sally Hogshead
Anna Farmery, author of The Engaging Brand, outlines the “5 Trends Driving Social Business”
Her good read of the summer is “Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier” by B. Joseph Pine
Jennifer V. Miller at The People Equation discusses integrity in her post “4 Filters Your Team Uses to Gauge Trust”
Her summer reads included Michael Hyatt’s “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World”
Three Star Leadership by Wally Bock teaches us “Lessons from Sam Walton as WalMart turns 50”
And last but certainly not least, Lisa Kohn tells us “5 surprising reason why you shouldn’t be so nice” at The Thoughtful Leaders Blog.
My thanks to everyone who contributed to this month’s carnival. There’s lots of great reading here! If you want to follow this super smart group on Twitter, I’ve created a list with their Twitter handles. You can check them out here.
Next month’s carnival will be hosted by Dan McCarthy at Great Leadership. Be sure to follow the action over there. Cheers!