In the process of writing a manuscript for my first book publication, my literary agent and I are choosing publishers wisely. One promising publisher on my radar screen is Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Why them? Well, do any of these words resonate with you? Stewardship, sustainability, quality, partnership, inclusion, well-being, innovation, openness, community, servant leadership, collaboration.
That's the Berrett-Koehler (BK) way. It not only defines their values, vision, culture, and leadership philosophy, it also informs Berrett-Koehler's publishing portfolio, including many of their 54 international best-sellers.
Here are eight notable BK books that any current or aspiring leader should polish off soon.
1. "Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For"
by William Gentry
Gentry, a senior research associate at the Center for Creative Leadership and a leading authority on leadership development, explains that new leaders have to change from the mindset of an individual contributor to the mindset of a leader. Gentry writes, "Leaders are great when they want others to succeed, when they realize, 'It's not about me anymore,' and when they think less about 'me' and more about 'we.'"
Get the book at the BK Bookstore.
2. "Simply Managing: What Managers Do--and Can Do Better"
by Henry Mintzberg
A renowned researcher and thought leader on effective managing, Henry Mintzberg explains that the practice of management as an experiential craft of practical learning. He writes, "Managers deal with the messy stuff--the intractable problems, the complicated connections. This is what makes their work so fundamentally 'soft' and why labels such as experience, intuition, judgment, and wisdom are so commonly needed to describe it." Simply Managing can help new managers not merely understand their new roles--but thrive in them.
Find Simply Managing on the BK Bookstore.
3. "How to Be a Positive Leader"
by Jane E. Dutton and Gretchen M. Spreitzer (editors)
This collection of 13 essays explores how managers can learn to use positive leadership skills to actually draw energy from their day-to-day responsibilities rather than depleting their reserves. It offers insights into how leaders can use hope instead of fear to unlock their employees' potential, including four strategies to leverage positive leadership and "Enable Thriving at Work."
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by Ryan Quinn and Robert Quinn
Lift helps managers develop tools to shield themselves against burnout and complacency from the daily grind. When managers fail to develop these tools, they start to feel that there is little they can do to improve. By providing skills to combat "management morose,"Lift enables managers to inspire energy, passion, and openness to new ideas for the long haul.
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5. "Practicing Positive Leadership"
by Kim Cameron
Cameron, a co-founder of the Center for Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan, outlines steps that managers can take "to use positive leadership practices, tools, and techniques to create an organizational cultural change." The aim, Cameron continues, is to create a "culture of abundance." Cameron offers a tool kit for management teams to proactively lead and sustain positive organizational change.
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6. "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling"
by Edgar H. Schein
Schein writes that the art of humble inquiry requires more than simply asking questions. It requires asking the right type of questions. At its core, leaders can learn to ask for information in the least threatening or biased ways possible. By leveraging these skills, managers can promote accountability, inspire satisfaction and happiness in employees, encourage teamwork, and reduce potential feelings of conflict.
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7. "Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results"
by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell (editors)
The big idea of Servant Leadership in Action is that you can optimize both relationships with people and measurable performance results using this leadership model. What distinguishes Servant Leadership in Action from so many other books on the subject is that it is full of specific practices that readers can take into their everyday work and personal lives--hence the last two words of the title: "in Action." It offers insights from servant leaders who have proven this model works in their own companies, such as Colleen Barratt, former president of Southwest Airlines; Garry Ridge, CEO of WD-40 Company; and Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
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8. "Faster Together"
by Laura Stack
Productivity expert Laura Stack's latest book Faster Together shows how to maximize the efficiency of your team. With countless emails, constant communication, cascading deadlines, and seemingly endless meetings, what really makes the difference, Stack shows, is "teaming well." Stack's FAST model mobilizes teams to work together Fairly, accept Accountability, apply Systems Thinking, and maximize available Technology. The book also includes an interactive assessment to help you evaluate your team's current speed and rate of acceleration.
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