July Books For Better Time Management

We have recently written about time management skills and tools to help you with your workload, so this week we thought we would look at recommended books that will deal with time management in greater depth and insights.

Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Since this book was first published nearly fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its time, and the ultimate book on personal organisation.

Allen’s book is now the format for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has created an entire culture of websites, organisational tools, seminars, and offshoots. He has also rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come.

This latest edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles but also by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans.

The New One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The original, best-selling blockbuster has transformed businesses worldwide for decades and helped millions achieve more successful professional and personal lives. While the principles it lays out are timeless, our world has changed dramatically since the book’s publication. The exponential rise of technology, global flattening of markets, instant communication, and pressures on corporate workforces to do more with less—including resources, funding, and staff—have all revolutionized the world in which we live and work.

Now, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson have written The New One Minute Manager to introduce the book’s powerful, important lessons to a new generation. In their concise, easy-to-read story, they teach readers three very practical secrets about leading others—and explain why these techniques continue to work so well.

This easily-read story quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands.

As compelling today as the original was thirty years ago, this classic parable of a young man looking for an effective manager is more relevant and useful than ever.

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

The author, Atul Gawande, shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it, in his latest bestseller, The Checklist Manifesto.

In today’s modern world, we are provided with an insurmountable volume of knowledge and know how. Whilst this is positive, it also creates problems in the depth and complexity of knowledge available and ability for people to receive this information consistently, correctly, safely.

In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you’re following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high-pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide To Getting The Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to “get the right things done.” This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making

Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck

When Execution was first published in 2002, it changed the way we did our jobs. By analysing the discipline of getting things done, it helped thousands of business people to make the final leap to success.

Now, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan reframe their empowering message for a world in which the old rules have been shattered and radical change is becoming routine. For the foreseeable future: – Growth will be slower. But the company that executes well will have the confidence, speed, and resources to move fast as new opportunities emerge.

The competition will be fiercer, with companies searching for any possible advantage in every area.  

Governments will take on new roles in their national economies. And companies that execute well will be more attractive as partners and suppliers, and better prepared to adapt to new waves of regulation.

Risk management will become a top priority for every leader, and every company will be looking for the edge in detecting new internal and external threats.

Forget formulating a ‘vision’, then leaving others to carry it out: Execution shows you how to link together people, strategy, and operations – the three core elements of every organisation – and create a business based on dialogue, intellectual honesty and realism. With case histories from the real world – including such recent examples such as the diverging paths taken by Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase and Charles Prince at Citigroup – Execution provides the realistic and hard-nosed approach to business success that could only come from authors as accomplished and insightful as Bossidy and Charan.

We hope you enjoy this month’s choices, all of which have all been sourced from Amazon and are available to purchase to help you with your leadership skills and thought processes in 2018.