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Nine Minutes on Monday (Audio Book)

In Nine Minutes on Monday, leadership guru James Robbins argues that employee engagement comes down to one thing: a constant dedication to meeting the universal needs that drive performance excellence. In today's chaotic, high-stakes business environment, it is easy to get distracted from leadership responsibilities by focusing on tasks at hand instead of on strategy. But when you neglect to keep your leadership priorities in front of you, everyone suffers--your staff, your organization and, in the end, you.Whether you lead a small team or an entire organization, you’ll discover the nine keys to raising productivity, boosting morale, and increasing employee engagement.

Growing Yourself as a Leader

The development of technical leadership capabilities is often overlooked as a training requirement in organisations but these are key to business success. In this book, management experts Brian Sutton and Robina Chatham describe six management techniques including unlocking your creative potential, learning by developing others and managing your time. These techniques will help you develop your leadership capabilities and grow as a leader; with real life examples, tips and mini exercises, you'll also boost your soft skills as you progress your personal and professional development.

Leaders Made Here

Leaders Made Here

Great leaders create great organizations. You can build an organizational culture that will ensure your leadership pipeline is full and flowing. Leaders Made Here outlines a clear and replicable approach to creating the leadership bench every organization needs. To bring his ideas to life, Miller uses the story of Blake, a new CEO, and Charles and old friend and colleague, as they search for the best practices from around the world to ensure a continuous supply of their most precious asset - leaders. Blake and his team then translate their findings into a practical plan that any organization can use to create a leadership culture, sustained competitive advantage, and long-term success.

Learning Path: Leading Productive Teams

In this learning path you’ll examine techniques that you can employ to more effectively manage a team and extract the best performance possible from its members. To begin, you’ll learn how to build your team and assemble the best talent for the mission at hand. In addition, you’ll look at ways to scale your team for those times when you need to take on additional personnel to handle changing mandates or increased workloads. You’ll also explore “debugging” methods that you can apply to your team if its not producing the results you expect. And, of course, you could not properly manage a team if you don’t know how to manage the people that comprise it, so this learning path also shows you ways to deal with team members individually so that you can maintain a cohesive, productive unit.

The Mindful Leader

The Mindful Leader

Research findings throughout the book detail the positive impact of mindfulness from the perspectives of brain science, psychology and leadership. International case studies from a variety of industries illustrate the everyday implementation of mindful leadership. You'll learn easy mindfulness practices that you can implement today and a practical framework for everyday mindful leadership. Learn mindfulness from a practical perspective, with real workplace skills and discover how leaders from around the world practice mindful leadership every day.

The Truth about Leadership

The Truth about Leadership

Explores the fundamental, enduring truths of leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance-leaders make a difference, credibility, values, trust, leading by example, heart, and more. Drawing from cases spanning three generations of leaders from around the world, this is a book leaders can use to do their real and necessary work-bringing about the essential changes that will renew organizations and communities.

Flow-based Leadership

Multiple studies have shown that, if people have the proper training and experience, they will make better decisions in emerging situations while in a flow-state. How can your organization help your people experience flow more often, thereby improving their decision-making?

This book describes what flow is and what flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership look like. It also details a flow-based leadership model for implementation, based on an extreme, experiential training program in the fire service called Georgia Smoke Diver (GSD).

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

Skills and experience might land you a leadership position, but they don’t make you a true leader. Leadership comes from inside—and the greatest leaders first question themselves before they tackle the world around them. To aid in this critical interrogation, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership explores ideas from Aristotle, Heraclitus, Sophocles, Hesiod, and other great thinkers. As Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great, you too will learn what it takes to conquer all.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is enthralling and instructive.

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

Online Journals

Board Leadership: Policy Governance in Action

Board Leadership: Policy Governance in Action

Provides a unique approach to governance that has already radically improved the way hundreds of boards conduct business, and improving governance means improving the entire organization.

The Journal of Values Based Leadership

The Journal of Values Based Leadership

Contains articles that provide knowledge that is intellectually well-developed and useful in practice.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Offers authoritative insights of top executives and researchers on the common concerns of all nonprofit managers.

Journal of Business and Educational Leadership

Journal of Business and Educational Leadership

Research on business and education leadership.

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