If you’re lucky, or maybe just well prepared, the summer months give you time to relax with a good book. As you plan out a reading list, consider these insightful and life-changing entries:
1. Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager by Korey Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood
Whether you’re taking on new responsibilities at work or considering building a backyard deck, it takes the right skillset to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you aren’t formally trained in managing projects. If this is the case, then you’re an unofficial project manager. Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essential steps of the people and project management process: Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor/Control, Close. Unofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable “Project Management Proverbs,” and quick reviews at the end of each chapter.
2. The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
What is trust actually worth? This interesting book challenges the way you understand “trust, ” demonstrating that it is a hard-edged, economic driver rather than a soft, social virtue. Author Stephen M. R. Covey explains that trust is a skill that can be learned and measured, and when applied to business makes organizations more profitable, people more endorsable, and relationships more energizing. Establish trust on every level, and change your life.
3. The Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Shawn D. Moon and Susan Dathe-Douglass
Your competitors can copy every move your company makes. New facilities, improved processes, product innovations, and marketplace initiatives are all important, but these alone rarely provide sustained competitive advantage – because other businesses can just follow suit or offer “me-too” products and services that piggyback off your progress. But there’s one asset that is very difficult to match: your people. This book shows how everyone in your organization can function as a genuine leader, show initiative, and operate from a strategic perspective, helping your company rise to the top of your industry.
With the right reading material, you can keep your life focused on your personal and professional goals as you enjoy your summer.