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30 key questions that unlock management - Dr Brian Sutton and Dr Robina Chatham

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30 Key Questions that Unlock Management: How do I...?

There have been many debates about the difference between leaders and managers. Leaders are often set up to be a higher form of life than managers.

  Indeed, the roots of the word “manager” come from a 16th century Italian word meaning to control horses, so it’s no wonder it gets a bad name. Leaders are often 

portrayed as the ones who do the high-end strategic thinking, whilst managers just deliver results by rote. I’ve never found this particularly useful distinction; I prefer to talk about the qualities of leadership and of management - and most people in charge of any aspect of organisations need to have a balance of both.

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The Talent Wave by David Cluttterbuck

Another really useful book from David Clutterbuck. David is well-known for his many contributions to the field of leadership, coaching and mentoring.

What he does in this book is to apply those ideas, along with new ones, to the world of talent management and succession planning.

Even with the global economic challenges, many organisations recognise the need to hang onto the talent they have.And the need to nurture new talent. In fact, if people susn the job market picks up, they’ll remember and they’ll move. So this is a really important topic.pect your organisation is in trouble, then even when times are tough, the best talent will be looking to move on. And if you don’t nurture the talent you already have, whe

There are many challenges to getting this right. But it’s clearly worth the effort. Bringing in people from outside is rarely as successful as developing your own people. This is as true at the top as it is all the way down; although we often hear about the all-action hero CEO being parachuted in to save the company, in fact internally grown CEOs are usually more successful.

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The Engagement Equation - Leadership strategies for an inspired workforce

Employee engagement is a much talked about topic, especially here in the UK, with the extra boost given by the Engage for Success movement.

But is it just hype, or the latest flavour of the month? And, even if it is for real, how do we make it happen? I believe it is an idea whose time has come, and which will be relevant to organisations for many years. As we draw out of recession, the organisations that will survive and thrive will be those who have grasped the challenge of engaging their people.

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Why should anyone be led by you? by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones

This book has been around for a few years now, but is as relevant as ever. I was travelling recently and ended up chatting to a fellow passenger on the plane. 

We talked about leadership and they enthusiastically pulled out the HBR article that Rob and Gareth had produced. The conversation flowed (as did the wine) and I started to remember what a good book it is – and one that fits so well with my own views on what makes great leaders.

So, I reread it and got in touch with Rob to interview him about the subject

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Intentional Leadership by Jane Kise - reviewed by Bob Hughes

1Intentional Leadership2 lenses for focusing strengths, managing weaknesses, and achieving your purpose.

I’m fascinated by the concept of personality type and yet sometimes despair of the oversimplified use of the idea and the inherent danger of constraining people rather than liberating them. Through this book, Jane Kise has created a pragmatic and expansive approach to how we make use of knowledge of our type, include some great links into emotional intelligence and neuroscience, and built-in some useful techniques to support leaders who want to make conscious choices about the impact they make the development needs this will require.

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