Books are a great resource for training employees in leadership, management, and sales. BookPal has selected six of the most effective business books that every employer should encourage their employees to read:
1) Strengthsfinder by Tom Rath
In a society that revolves around fixing our weaknesses, Strengthsfinder suggests we focus instead on developing our strengths. Studies show that who focus on their strengths in the workplace are more likely to be engaged with their jobs and have a better quality of life. Each copy of the book comes with an assessment to help you discover your strengths. Once you complete your assessment, Rath provides a detailed analysis of each strength including common personality traits, ideas for action, and recommendations for working with others who exhibit that strength.
2) Getting Things Done by David Allen
In today’s busy world, there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done! According to Allen, our productivity is directly proportional with our ability to relax. He shares his breakthrough methods for stress-free performance with his readers. This book will show you how to empty your inbox, reassess goals, plan projects, overcome negative feelings and much more.
3) Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan & Al Switzler
Do you or your employees engage regularly in conversations where the stakes are high? If so, then you should read this book. Learn how to communicate clearly and effectively in order to master crucial conversations and accomplish the desired results. Find out what sets apart successful communicators from the masses.
4) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
This self-help book has sold over 15 million copies in 38 languages worldwide. Highly effective people are independent, they work effectively with others, and they continuously seek improvement. According to Covey, practicing the seven habits with fairness, honesty and integrity will lead to achievement and success.
5) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
For over 60 years, How to Win Friends and Influence People has stood the test of time. Dale Carnegie’s communication methods have been proven to work. In this book you will learn the three fundamental techniques in handling people, the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
6) Linchpin by Seth Godin
According to bestselling business author Seth Godin, every organization consists of three teams: management, labor and linchpins. The Merriam-Webster definition of a linchpin is “one that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit”. In business, linchpins are people who figure out what to do when there are no rules or guidelines. They are the essential building blocks of great organizations; they are indispensable. Read the book to learn more about who these linchpins are and why they are vital to an organization.
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