From the Vault: Read Your Way to Success

Becky Leighton

Posted: December 30, 2019

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Before we take a step into the new year, the possibility of free time arises! The way in which you choose to engage your time towards rest, relaxation and recovery for 2020 can be up to you. 

Books, whether in physical, digital or audio form, are an excellent go-to for relaxing and skill-building. Some books offer insight into the journey of others, while some help in understanding the best tactics for tackling tasks in industries.

If you are interested in developing your leadership, managerial and business skills over the break, spend some time gleaning tips from the following titles:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

by Stephen Covey

Covey describes efficacy as the balance between producing favourable outcomes and taking care of what generates those results. He explains this by referring to the goose laying the golden egg. 


How to Win Friends & Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes them strive to justify themselves. – Dale Carnegie

You can go after the job you want and get it! You can find yourself in any situation — and make it work in your favour! Carnegie’s concrete, time-tested advice has helped numerous people climb the ladder of success in both their business and personal lives. 

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done 

by Peter F. Drucker

Drucker tells us that the executive’s metric is the capacity to “get the right things done.” Generally, it involves doing what other people have neglected and minimizing inefficient things. Competence, creativity and comprehension could all be wasted in an executive job without any of the habits of mind that have been acquired to turn them into results.

Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership 

by Kenneth H. Blanchard, Drea Zigarmi and  Patricia Zigarmi

This amazing, easy-to-follow book is an invaluable guide to innovative, strategic leadership that brings out the best performance from your team — and the best outcome for any company. The book introduces the art of contextual leadership to managers — a simple system that disproves the conventional management rule to treat all workers equally.

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