Listed below are resources I frequently use for work, inspiration or just getting me back on track.
I hope these help you as they help me. (Note the books are links to Amazon where, if you purchase form the link I might get a small referral fee. Don’t worry the books cost no more to you.)
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande. Seriously! Get this book!
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement – Eliyahu Goldratt. Excellent book if you are tasked with improving processes. Which, as of 29 September 2015, is my new project.
The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone Zander. Probably the best book I have ever read and something I give away from time to time.
Mindset – Carol Dweck. A book that will challenge, well, your mindset.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham. I will say I think I was doing a few (not all) of these things before I read the book but got a lot out of it and also good to get some reinforcement.
First Things First – Stephen Covey. An excellent book on personal leadership. The “Big Rocks” analogy alone is with the price but also the defining of roles and responsibilities.
Getting Things Done – David Allen. The current book on productivity. Very broad and far reaching but an eminently practical guide to getting things done!
Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes – Alfie Kohn. I read this in the late 90s. Seriously changed how I looked at rewards and incentives at work. It’s a bit of a read but makes so much sense.
Podcasts – these are ALL free
Mac Power Users – I use Mac products – though I don’t have the Apple watch. David and Katie generally come up with really useful stuff and interesting people to chime in with their ideas.
Tim Ferriss – Author of the 4-Hour Work Week, 4-Hour Body. Quite long, always interesting.
Manager Tools Basics – There are around 30 podcasts in this series that all managers and leaders should listen to and aspire to. This should be basic training in all organisations.