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Best books of 2012

Best books of 2012

January 14, 2013 No Comments

Job Interview Success: Be your own Coach by Jenny Rogers. McGraw-Hill
As someone who has also been in the recruitment field, I was impressed with this book not only because it covered the obvious topics (such as dress code, handling nerves etc.) but because Rogers often puts a different spin on them (such as acting as a facilitator if you happen to be asked to participate in a team assessment centre).

This is not only a “must read” for anyone about to apply for a new position (either within or external), but I’d strongly suggest it become a “must do”. Highly recommended.

Crucial Conversations
I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to match the intent of one’s communication more closely to its impact. For example, Chapter 5 “Make it Safe” and Chapter 6 “Master My Stories” are great starting points.

Conversation Transformation
Whilst the book can be read and used as a stand-alone guide for improving one’s conversations and overall communication skills, it would probably be more effective to undertake as many of the learning experiences offered as possible. “Conversation Transformation” will not only transform your conversations, it will transform your relationships.

Writing: A User Manual
Having reviewed over 100 books, I normally précis and critique the book. For once, I digressed from my normal format – Why? Well, for any budding (or for that matter experienced) author, I’d be depriving the reader of the discovery of some great examples of how to successfully write a novel if I said too much. Suffice to say there’s a surfeit of ideas and advice ranging from how to get started through keeping the project alive to delivering the finished manuscript, that you must read.

Likeable Business
Likeable Business is in fact a series of stories – stories of how businesses and business leaders have developed their businesses to be the best in their field. Unlike so many books of a similar ilk, the vast majority of author Dave Kerpen’s stories are about positive events – how people have succeeded, not where they failed. So, it’s a very invigorating and uplifting book to read and from which to learn.

Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince and Inspire
I think this book should be essential reading for every manager. Apart from the impact the book will have on the way managers communicate, as Smith points out in the introduction “Some (stories) will make you laugh, some might make you cry (I did!), most will make you think. More important, I hope this book makes you do something”. Me too, go for it!