I believe the best results come from the best ideas, well executed. The focus of this website and my consulting services is to support my clients to successfully execute these great ideas in their organisations. This page however provides a list of books and on-line resources that have influenced me and that I believe represent some of the best ideas out there.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – a classic that has been a top-seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.
Maslow of Management – Abraham H. Maslow spent a summer sabbatical at a small technology company, observing his ideas about motivation being put to the test. While there, he wrote Maslow on Management, about “enlightened management,” describing the type of workplace that would be most conducive to the workers’ reaching a point of self-actualization (happiness). If we adhere to the concept that management is hardware and leadership is software, what he is really writing about is leadership – although he calls it management. Although the book influenced some other management theorists, such as Peter Drucker and Peter Senge, it was apparently a little too advanced for the time, and perhaps it is still so.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. From the executive suite to the factory floor, the Dysfunctions model has become the standard for eliminating the natural human tendencies which derail teamwork and create costly, organizational politics.
Silos Politics and Turf Wars – silos, the invisible barriers that separate work teams, departments and divisions, causing people who are supposed to be on the same team to work against one another. This book provides leaders with powerful advice on how to eliminate the structural obstacles that derail organizations. Urging leaders to provide a compelling context for their employees to work together.