Leading Self-Directed Work Teams

Leading Self-Directed Work Teams

RECOMMENDATION Kimball Fisher provides a revised, updated look at the techniques for successfully leading self-directed work teams (SDWTs). He draws on basic principles described in his earlier book of the same name. SDWTs are effective and...

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Making Remote Work, Work

Making Remote Work, Work

RECOMMENDATION Work from the beach, the mountains or your house. Work your own hours, as long as you get the job done. Until the Industrial Revolution, doing your job from home was a worker’s only option. Now, remote work may well dominate the...

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Making The Matrix Work

Making The Matrix Work

RECOMMENDATION Kevan Hall’s consulting firm specializes in matrix management and he clearly believes in it, but he’s so honest about its challenges that he’s almost rueful. He knows that managers who do well in a vertical hierarchy can find the...

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Leading Meaningful Change

Leading Meaningful Change

Recommendation A growing trend in change management theory responds to the uncertain times organizations face. Beverley Patwell encourages people to embark on a “change journey.” She urges you to analyze the power dynamics at work, to be an...

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Hear And Now

Hear And Now

RECOMMENDATION Most women in business feel that their voices carry less weight than their male colleagues’ deeper tones. Corporate speaker and women’s rights advocate Chris Davidson confirms the reality of this vocal obstacle: It’s as much...

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Grow Your Value

Grow Your Value

RECOMMENDATION Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and best-selling author Mika Brzezinski seems to have it all – celebrity, a successful career, marriage and children. Yet even as she worked to empower other women through her books and seminars...

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Emotional Fitness At Work

Emotional Fitness At Work

RECOMMENDATION What role do emotions play in the workplace, especially during hard economic times? Psychotherapist Barton Goldsmith poses this provocative, relevant question early in his book. To answer it, he provides accessible, broad advice as...

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Disciplined Collaboration

Disciplined Collaboration

RECOMMENDATION Business leaders need to make collaboration part of the fabric of their organizations rather than an occasional occurrence. For that to happen, they must make sure their employees feel passionate about working together. People need...

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Change Anything

Change Anything

RECOMMENDATION People who want to gain financial security, break a bad habit or change their lives in a major way are far more likely to succeed if they tailor “six sources of influence” to reshape their lives. In their book about the “science of...

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101 Tips for Telecommuters

101 Tips for Telecommuters

Recommendation Debra A. Dinnocenzo has written a friendly, informal and sometimes humorous book for people who are or want to become telecommuters. Using her firsthand experiences, the author covers a broad range of tricky issues that...

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9 Ways to Make Work More Human

9 Ways to Make Work More Human

RECOMMENDATION Strong relationships among co-workers lead to more lively, dynamic company cultures. Helping people bond may require nudging them to open up and become vulnerable. New York-based journalist Kara Cutruzzula lists nine exercises that...

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Work Naked

Work Naked

RECOMMENDATION Cynthia C. Froggatt tackles the pros and cons (mostly pros) of having your employees work at a location away from the office, particularly in their homes. She includes plenty of successful examples, an eight-step blueprint for...

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