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Leaders are strategists, innovators, change agents, collaborators, communicators, coaches, and lifelong learners. Scroll to a topic that interests you for reading recommendations.

Strategy

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Forbes

The Ten Myths
of Strategy

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Harvard Business Review

6 Steps to Make Your Strategic Plan Really Strategic

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Heidrick & Struggles

Shaping Strategy: Which Leadership Traits Help Most?

7 Powers breaks fresh ground by constructing a comprehensive strategy toolset that is easy for you to learn, communicate and quickly apply.
Author : Hamilton Helmer
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7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy
Now nearing its sixtieth printing in English and translated into nineteen languages, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy has transformed the theory, practice, and teaching of business strategy throughout the world.
Author : Michael E. Porter
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Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy clarifies the muddled thinking underlying too many strategies and provides a clear way to create and implement a powerful action-oriented strategy for the real world.
Author : Richard Rumelt
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Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters
Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive.
Author : John Doerr
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Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
Two of today’s best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy—explaining what it’s for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done.
Author : A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin
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Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
In Strategy First, Brad Chase, the mind behind some of Microsoft’s largest and most successful initiatives, explains why building robust strategies is imperative to business success.
Author : Brad Chase
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Strategy First: How Businesses Win Big

Innovation

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Disruptor League

5 Psychological Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations

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Idea to Value

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

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McKinsey & Company

The Eight Essentials of Innovation

Breaking Away will change the way you approach leadership and innovation and put you on the road to market domination.
Author : Jane Stevenson & Bilal Kaafarani
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Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth and Why Others Fail
Drawing on eye-opening data from her proprietary Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment, Innovation is Everybody's Business is for those looking for solutions to the daily pain of "how do I prove my worth."
Author : Tamara Ghandour
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Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale, and Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge
This compact yet powerful book contains the formulas to reframe any problem multiple ways, using 25 lenses to help you gain different perspectives. With visual examples and guidance, it contains everything you need to start mastering any challenge.
Author : Stephen M. Shapiro
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Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems
Business innovation expert Greg Satell helps you find your way by revealing the four models of innovation: Basic Research, Breakthrough Innovation, Sustaining Innovation, and Disruptive Innovation.
Author : Greg Satell
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Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age
Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail when they do everything right—this bestseller is one of the most important business books ever written.
Author : Clayton M. Christensen
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The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
The author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation reveals the strategies IDEO, the world-famous design firm, uses to foster innovative thinking throughout an organization and overcome the naysayers who stifle creativity.
Author : Tom Kelley
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The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization

Change Management

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Chief Learning Officer

Managing Change in the Era of Digital Transformation

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Forbes

Understanding What Good Agile Looks Like

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Harvard Business Review

5 Ways to Help Your Team Be Open to Change

Beyond Performance 2.0 has been transformed into a truly practical “how to” guide for leaders. Every aspect of how to lead change at scale is covered in a step-by-step manner, always accompanied by practical tools and real-life examples.
Author : Scott Keller & Bill Schaninger
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Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change
Case studies, practical advice and downloadable appendices from leading thinkers and practitioners in business analysis from around the world will help the reader to develop leadership skills and become an outstanding catalyst for change.
Author : Penny Pullan & James Archer
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Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change
The authors break down how agile really works, show what not to do, and explain the crucial importance of scaling agile properly in order to reap its full benefit. They then lay out a road map for leading the transition to a truly agile enterprise.
Author : Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk & Steve Berez
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Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos
This book provides practical advice and concrete examples that show leaders how they can bring greater agility to the initiatives they take every day.
Author : Bill Joiner & Stephen Josephs
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Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change that can help you and your colleagues thrive during tough times.
Author : John Kotter
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Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
The Anticipatory Organization teaches you how to separate the Hard Trends that will happen, from the Soft Trends that might happen, allowing you to jump ahead with low risk and the confidence certainty can provide.
Author : Daniel Burrus
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The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage

Collaboration

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Forbes

Four Skills Every Collaborative Leader Needs

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Harvard Business Review

4 Tips for Effective Virtual Collaboration

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McKinsey & Company

Making Collaboration Across Functions a Reality

In this book, Hansen shows managers how to get collaboration right through a practical framework and set of tools called "disciplined collaboration" to get real results.
Author : Morten Hansen
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Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results
Through a series of practices and strategies, the authors teach how to recognize mind patterns and map the talents of teams, with the goal of embarking together on an aligned course of action and influence.
Author : Dawna Markova & Angie McArthur
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Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently
This practical guide provides a philosophical framework and a basic set of problem-solving skills that can make successful collaboration a reality.
Author : John P. Glaser
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Leading Through Collaboration: Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions
This practical book shows you how to generate ideas with others while gaining buy-in from all levels of your organization so that you can turn promising ideas into products, services and solutions that make a real difference in the market.
Author : Gretchen Anderson
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Mastering Collaboration: Make Working Together Less Painful and More Productive
This how-to manual for creating trusting, cooperative environments and transforming groups into motivated, empowered teams provides tools to help you work successfully with others, be more aware of colleagues and better problem solve and negotiate.
Author : James Tamm
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Radical Collaboration
In this timely, ambitious, and provocative book, Simon introduces a bold new model of work and offers concrete tips for companies and groups on how to transform the way they work by embracing hubs and spokes.
Author : Phil Simon
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Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work

Communication

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Chief Executive

Effective Leadership: CEOs Need Both IQ And EQ

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SmartBrief

Nonverbal Communication in Virtual Meetings

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Harvard Business Review

Storytelling Can Make or Break Your Leadership

Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success.
Author : Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen
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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential.
Author : Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves & Patrick Lencioni
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Emotional Intelligence 2.0
This book presents an all-encompassing guide to improving your communication, based on the Exec|Comm philosophy: we are all better communicators when we focus less on ourselves and more on other people.
Author : Jay Sullivan
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Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond
Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does.
Author : Simon Sinek
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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
This book will give you the tools to improve staff morale, create a more positive workplace, and increase employee engagement by teaching you to effectively communicate authentic appreciation and encouragement.
Author : Gary Chapman & Paul White
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The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
This book reveals the psychological underpinnings of awkward, unproductive conflict and the critical habits anyone can learn to avoid it.
Author : Buster Benson
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Why Are We Yelling?: The Art of Productive Disagreement

Coaching

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Harvard Business Review

The Leader as Coach: How to Unleash Innovation & Energy

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Know Your Team

How to Coach Employees: Ask These Questions

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BizLibrary

3 Ways to Deliver Actionable, Constructive Feedback

Coaching Mindset will help you understand coaching to improve the coaching culture within your workplace and provides you with coaching skills and techniques that will enhance your awareness and your own personal growth.
Author : Claire Moody
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Coaching Mindset: How to Use Personal Coaching Skills to Reach Your Goals
This book will teach you what effective coaching really means, how to make coaching a habit and how to bring out the best in other people.
Author : Dietmar Sternad
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Developing Coaching Skills: A Concise Introduction
Rich and moving real-life stories, as well as decades of original research, show how "coaching with compassion" opens people up to thinking creatively and helps them to learn and grow in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Author : Richard Boyatzis, Melvin L. Smith & Ellen Van Oosten
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Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth
The new approach in this book is built upon a sound theoretical foundation, uses proven management techniques, and offers a novel framework and tool for managers for regulating and enhancing the performance of their staff.
Author : Christopher Lee
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Performance Conversations: How to Use Questions to Coach Employees, Improve Productivity, and Boost Confidence
Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how--by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.
Author : Michael Bungay Stanier
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The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
This book explains Coach Bill’s principles and illustrates them with stories. The result is a blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers that will help them create higher-performing and faster-moving cultures, teams and companies.
Author : Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg & Alan Eagle
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Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell

Lifelong Learning

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Chief Learning Officer

The Power of Learning-Focused Leadership

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Ladders

This Is the One Skill That All Great Leaders Have

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Harvard Business Review

Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Intelligent Thinking is your succinct guide with the most effective thinking strategies (though a few might sound counter-intuitive) to help you learn how to think intelligently.
Author : Som Bathla
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Intelligent Thinking: Overcome Thinking Errors, Learn Advanced Techniques to Think Intelligently, Make Smarter Choices, and Become the Best Version of Yourself
Limitless is the owner’s manual for mental expansion and brain fitness and gives people the ability to accomplish more by changing their Mindset, Motivation, and Methods.
Author : Jim Kwik
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Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life
This book offers simple tips to not only accelerate reading but comprehension and memory. Unlike books that merely teach you to skim and scan, this book taps into your brain and eyes’ amazing power to naturally read more words in a shorter time.
Author : Kam Knight
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Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour
Smart Learning is a guidebook for your journeys in learning. It will show you the most effective methods, the pitfalls to avoid and the habits to cultivate. It will make learning fun again.
Author : Peter Hollins
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Super Learning: Advanced Strategies for Quicker Comprehension, Greater Retention, and Systematic Expertise
The Science of Self-Learning focuses not only on learning but what it means to direct your own learning. Gain the competitive edge and upgrade yourself by learning how to learn.
Author : Peter Hollins
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The Science of Self-Learning: How to Teach Yourself Anything, Learn More in Less Time, and Direct Your Own Education
In Unlimited Memory, you'll learn how to easily focus and concentrate on the task at hand and store and recall useful information so that you can easily double your productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress and mistakes at work.
Author : Kevin Horsley
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Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and Be More Productive

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