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Recommended Books and Articles:

MANAGEMENT STYLE

Management Style: Churchill on Leadership
Steven F. Hayward
Three Rivers Press; ISBN: 0-7615-0855

This book demonstrates why business managers must understand the need for change in order to make it happen. All businesses today, small or large, will benefit from principles discussed.

Teams of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Simon Schuster; ISBN-13: 978-0-684-82490-1

Abraham Lincoln managed the United States during the crisis of the Civil War in part by assembling a team of political enemies and using their skills for our benefit. This is the story of a true leader.

1776
David McCullough
Simon & Schuster, ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-2671-4

McCullough has produced a remarkable book describing the leadership skills of George Washington in the early stages of our government. In McCullough’s words, “It was Washington who held the army together and gave it spirit”. The story shows that a CEO or manager must have conviction and passion to make a strategy work.

Sam Walton: Made in America: My Story
Sam Walton with John Huey
Doubleday; ISBN 0-385-42615-1

This is the “how to” of one of America’s greatest success stories. Development of a company’s culture, and how basic business 101 works.

STRATEGIC PLANS

Strategic Planning-What Every Manager Must Know
George Steiner
Free Press, A Division of the Macmillan Publishing Company, ISBN 0-02-931110-1

Steiner does a very good job of describing the process of planning, and effective ways in which a management team goes about implementing a plan.

Jack-Straight from the Gut
Jack Welsh with John A. Byrne
Warner Business Books, ISBN: 0-446-52838

Learn about Welsh’s management style and how he took GE to the top.

Leaps of Strength
Walt Sutton
Silver Lake Publishing, ISBN 1-56343-702-3

This is a personal book by an entrepreneurial business person, sharing experiences of both the good years and the crisis years of a business.

The Oz Principle “Getting Results through Individual & Organizational Accountability”
Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman
Penguin Group, ISBN 1-59184-024-4

This informative book offers insight into the need for accountability by both individuals and organizations.

Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
Crown Business, ISBN 0-609-61057

This book suggests ways to get tasks done on time.

Workplace Intervention: “The Bottom Line on Helping Addicted Employees Become Productive Again”
James Fearing, PH.D and William D. Dunlap
Hazelden, ISBN 1-56838-520-X

This resource will help an organization through the trauma of helping a key executive with addiction, whether chemical, work related, or gambling.

The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay Books; Little, Brown and Company, ISBN 0-316-31696

A new concept, new idea, or new electronic product can move from obscure to “wildfire” status “overnight.” This book explains how. Learn how Hush Puppies became a hot item when worn by a rock star, and how Apple sales immediately skyrocketed because a few iPods were put in circulation before advertising kicked in. All businesses will benefit from understanding how and why these things happen, and how to creatively apply such simple strategies to sales and marketing efforts.

Wal-Mart Effect
Charles Fishman
Penguin, ISBN1-594-200-769

This book does an excellent job of describing business and the effect this behemoth of a retailer has on the global economy.