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6 Business Bestsellers You Must Read!

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Reading does not only increase your knowledge in a certain topic. If you get into the habit, reading can also stimulate your mind, expand your vocabulary and equip you with skills to write, analyze and strategize at a higher level.

Imagine then if you got into the habit of reading about business? You wouldn’t only learn from the best guys out there but also you will start to develop unique skills to generate better ideas, try and test new strategies, innovate, increase your personal effectiveness and of course stay updated on important issues.

To get you started on this amazing habit, we’ve shortlisted some of the best business books out there! All you got to do now is choose your favorite.

  1. Unshakeable – Tony Robbins (#1 NYT Bestseller)

BB UnshakeableIf you find yourself trapped in your financial situation, then this book is for you. Robbins has effectively created a step-by-step playbook that promises to take you towards financial freedom in no time. Starting by helping you understand your current financial position, Robbins then guides you to become a smarter investor and a wiser administrator by pointing out how to get the best out of today’s financial systems.

You can get it on Amazon for only $15.32!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tools of Titans – Will Farriss

BB Tools of TitansFrom the thousands of interviews Will Farriss has done for his podcast, he created the ultimate “toolbooK” Gathering the most meaningful parts of each interview, Farriss shares with you the “tactics, routines and habits” that business titans (amongst other professionals and icons) followed to be and stay where they are. This amazing book covers topics from AcroYoga to Gut Investing and Hacking, allowing the reader to use it as an encyclopedia of advice given by no other than the very best in each category.

You can get it on Amazon for only $16.80!

 

 

 

  1. Option B – Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

BB Option BA great read not only for business but also for life. In this incredible book, Sheryl Sandberg along with psychologist Adam Grant analyze the ability of the human spirit to deal with loss, conquer adversity and build resilience. This emotional yet practical guide is a must-read if you want to build stronger and more resilient workplaces that know how to handle adversity, accept change and thrive even when things don’t go as planned.

 You can get on Amazon it for only $9.19!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Joy, Inc. – Richard Sheridan

BB Joy IncWritten by Menlo Innovations co-founder and CEO Richard Sheridan, Joy, Inc. is an insightful and fun guide to increase employee engagement, ensure a happy and motivated workplace and increase profit all at the same time.

Basing the culture exclusively on the value of “Joy”, Menlo has been able to grow like no other tech business in a short period of time. Sheridan, in turn, attributes all of this to happier employees and in this book he gives you all the tips so you can achieve the same!   You can get on Amazon it for only $11.06!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Emotional Agility – Susan David

BB Emotinal AgilityAn incredible research and experience-based piece, Emotional Agility displays a series of steps and exercises to help you identify, manage and get the most out of your emotions. After reading this book you will be able to handle difficult situations (in life and at work), by facing them intelligently with courage and serenity. Also, you will learn valuable skills to lead the behavioral change that will unleash your full personal and professional potential.

You can get on Amazon for only $9.26!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Leadership Challenge – James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner

BB Leadership ChallengeDisplaying the scientific, artistic and social sides of leadership, The Leadership Challenge holds valuable expert advise to help leaders understand the importance of their role, guide their workforce towards team work, learn the power of motivation and take advantage of today’s electronic environment to do so. This book, without question, is an amazing guide to build the leadership and social skills necessary to boost your organization.

You can get it on Amazon for only $23.79!

More resources: 

  1. https://800ceoread.com/bestseller_lists
  2. https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/business-books/?_r=0

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5 Skills That Make Women In Business Unique

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According to Catalyst.org, women currently hold 23 (4.6%) of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies.

Even if the transition has been slow, companies have finally understood the immense power behind women leadership and are shifting towards a male-female power balance. Women bring a unique set of soft and hard skills to the table that increases a company’s ability to strengthen relationships, carry out strategies and seize opportunities!

In this post, I will introduce five great skills women can bring to business and how these can put companies in the best and brightest path.

 

#1 Women are natural team players

A study from the University of New Zealand stated that women made exceptional leaders because they were natural community players and they were not usually concerned with ego.

By putting others before them, women seek to be “at the center of a web rather than at the top of a hierarchy”. Their ego-free approach allows them to consider more collective approaches and to embrace change more easily. They are more likely to accept creativity and diversity in the workplace, hence enabling them to reach faster and better outside-the-box solutions.

A woman’s goal is to impact society and they believe the best way to go is by making everyone feel important and seeking genuine dialogue amongst peoples.

 

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” – Sheryl Sandberg COO at Facebook.

 

#2 Women are “Relationship Specialists”

 According to Glen Llopis, founder of the Glen Llopis Group “women are specialists at cultivating relationships that are purposeful, genuine and meaningful.”

Researcher Helen Fisher accredits that to a woman’s “executive social skills”, which, according to her studies, have evolved to help women detect the smallest changes in a person’s behavior and emotional state.

Women seek to facilitate communication between people and to connect the right people with the right resources. They are detailed-oriented and they want everyone to feel comfortable, excelling that way in creating an atmosphere of synergy and loyalty amongst people.

 

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, USA First Lady

 

#3 Women are empathizers

Empathy is the key skill to have when building successful marketing campaigns, CSR programs, political campaigns, and much more.

Studies from ISPO News revealed that people rely up to 90% on their subconscious, emotional brain when making a decision; and women are specialists at understanding and managing the emotional side of people.

Their sense of community, sensitivity and ability to listen helps women detect emotional drivers faster and create more effective strategies to attend people’s needs.

 

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around their neck that says, “Make me feel important.” Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” – Mary Kay Ash, Founder at Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

 

#4 Women are excellent persuaders 

To be a good persuader you need charm, empathy, brains and persistence. And, although these traits don’t belong to women only, women do have the quality of displaying them all together in great balance.

Today, women are more prepared. According to a TIME article on higher education, the percentage of women attaining college degrees rose from “26% in 2005 to 30.2% in 2014”. Great knowledge paired up with the desire to do better, has put women in a position to fight hard and persistently to prove their good leadership and achieve their goals.

And, as we said before, women most often put their skills in to help others and to reach common goals. That allows them to win people’s hearts and sustain that feeling.

 

“Don’t be afraid to be you and own it. If you think being a leader is about having some agenda, it’s not. Being a leader is actually being completely with who you are and speaking from that place, giving feedback, sharing opinions from that place. That’s why people follow you” – Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and CDO at Indiegogo. 

 

#5 Women focus on goals but don’t forget about the process

Women are detailed-oriented and like to take a step-by-step approach. This helps them recognize mistakes on time, evaluate different courses of action and manage change more effectively.

By focusing on the process, women also take the time to evaluate their team’s personal and professional performances and work towards more efficient people-resource fits.

 

“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO at PepsiCo.

 

 In this post I do not intend to generalize women or categorize women as “better than men”, I only wish to highlight the great skills that most women can bring to the table. Because we are wired in a specific way, women can often exercise certain tasks more naturally. A woman’s careful personality and nurturing approach has become essential to manage effective teams, create proactive communication strategies and sustain more purposeful relations inside and outside the company!

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7 Tools To Create And Nourish Effective Teams

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“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb.

As the African proverb suggests, the key to go far in life is teamwork, and the key to effective teamwork is having the best team.

Gathering lessons from great businesses like Zappos and Whole Foods, we’ve put together a short but insightful list of tools to help you build (and nurture) the “A-Team” that will take your company further!

  1. Identify a positive team leader

As teams go through the four stages of building: forming, storming, norming and performing, leaders are the ones who normally keep the group together. Their balancing influence is key to solve conflict, open dialogue and communicate goals as members get to know each other and their project.

If you want to assess your team leader’s effectiveness check out Lindsay Sherwin’s “Team Leader Effectiveness Checklist”!

 

 View From Product Marketing - Team Leadership [Digital Image]. (2016, January 12). Retrieved October 03, 2016, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-12-view-from-product-marketing-team-leadership-mark-lewis

L,M. View From Product Marketing – Team Leadership [Digital Image]. (2016, January 12). Retrieved October 03, 2016, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-12-view-from-product-marketing-team-leadership-mark-lewis

2. Define and agree on common mission and values

Before you get the team into project specifics, all members must be on the same page regarding team mission and values.

Knowing the mission gives team members direction, and while each member will be performing a different task, they will all gear their efforts towards the same goal.

Common values, on the other hand, create coexistence rules. They synchronize individuals at a personal level, encouraging a smoother and happier work environment. They also align people to cherish and respect each other, increasing team member loyalty.

To better understand the importance of team values, I invite you to watch Zappos & Whole Food’s core value videos. Here you will see how coming together as individuals is crucial to excel together as professionals.

 

 

3. Create a collective team Charter

 If the mission tells members where to go, the charter tells them how to get there.

Both a roadmap and a treaty, the charter acts as a common agreement between members to set the team’s work plan, commitments, responsibilities and desired results. It can also be used to set boundaries and outline other information the team considers important.

The charter must be completed collectively to ensure every member is aware of the working strategy and happy about it.

So, if you’re ready to start planning, try out Plays-In-Business.com “Team Charter Canvas” and get the team going!

4. Give thought to team bonding activities

 When people like and trust each other, teamwork becomes more efficient and effective.

Bonding activities build trust, improve communication and encourage collaboration amongst members. And, you don’t have to invest a fortune to yield incredible results.

From ropes courses to icebreakers and pizza days, bonding is all about getting your team together to talk and laugh in pressure-free settings.

Not sure what to do? Go ahead and visit Wrike’s “Ultimate Guide To Team Building Activities That Don’t Suck”. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s the “Team Building Directory” with free ideas for every type of team!

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5. Employ psychological instruments to understand your talent

To ensure the best task-talent fit, experts suggest you run team psychology tests. These allow you to understand your members’ strengths and weaknesses in both personal and professional realms.

The tests instruct you on your members’ communication styles, their view on work standards (quality, work pace, etc.) and their view on teamwork. And provide you with clear information on the tasks that each member would excel or struggle with.

Following, are some of the most used psychological instruments for teams in business:

a. DiSC Profile: tells you how each team member responds to conflict, what stresses them, their communication styles and their motivations.
b. Shadowmatch:  shows you each team member’s behavior patterns and habits.
c. The Enneagram Type: categorizes team members in one of nine personality types to help understand their behavior and motivations.
d. The Color Code: focuses on personality types and highlights the participant’s strengths and limitations.

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Here are my results on the Color Code Test!

 

6. Encourage constant feedback sessions

Every certain time teams need to be steered back onto the right direction. Whether it relates to work goals or personal attitudes, feedback allows your members to see where they’re at and where they should be.

To promote fruitful feedback sessions, team-building experts suggest you carry them in pressure-free environments and appoint a moderator to ease the conversation.

If you want to improve at giving feedback or simply are new to the task, I encourage you to visit Officevibe’s “Employee Feedback: The Complete Guide” for more tools and advise.

 

7. Empower the team

And finally, keep your people updated!

If you want better results then you must keep your team engaged in the learning loop. Take your people on field trips, give them access to online courses, offer reading material. There is an endless world of possibility when it comes to continual education!  And not only your teammates will thank you but your company will too.

 

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And don’t forget to stay tuned for our next post on Women Leadership…

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Boss Vs. Leader

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Let me ask you directly, whom do you consider a true leader? And, what does he or she do that make you feel that way?

Today, the entire world is talking about leadership. From the Church, to universities to companies, everybody is looking for people who can move the masses, reach organizational goals and maximize efficiency, all in a humane and influential manner.

Slowly the concept of the “know-it-all” boss is losing momentum and being replaced by a “lead-behind-the-curtain” guidance. No surprise, this new approach has yielded better and more sustainable results, and here is why:

 

  1. Passion goes further than fear

When a company is ruled by a culture of fear: efficiency, creativity and quality diminish.

A boss is constantly insulting or mistreating employees, demanding results and setting unrealistic expectations. This in turn, leads to stress, resistance and silence, making employees question their personal and professional abilities.

A leader, on the other hand, seeks to inspire employees and makes them feel passionate about their job. A true leader encourages participation and praises new ideas, leading to faster and brighter results.

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

  1. It is not what you say, it is how you say it 

As you’ve probably heard, it is 55% body language, 38% tone & 7% words.

When a leader addresses employees, he/she seeks to start a dialogue. Instead of commanding, he asks. Instead of putting down a person, he questions ideas and offers alternatives. A leader would never demean a person and would want to use his/her words to inspire.

A boss, in contrast, yells, insults and threatens. He usually sets him/herself to a monologue and is usually not open to listen.

When employees feel like their superiors address them with respect they are more likely to respond with their best. And, as a study from the Science Nordic suggests, the way managers address their employees is one of the top causes of workplace depression.

 

Source: advice.calibrr.com

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

  1. Recognition is inspiring

When bosses take credit of their employees’ work, it diminishes trust and motivation.

Leaders understand the power of recognition, honesty and respect, hence why they always give their employees credit for what they did. Leaders consider themselves part of a team, understanding that the team’s results are a consequence of every individual’s work.

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Admiration = True authority

Going back to the initial question …do you admire the people you consider leaders? Do you feel so wowed by these people that it instantly inspires you to follow them and –if you could, be part of their team?

When a person is genuine and kind it attracts others and earns their respect. When there is respect, people see leaders as role models they wouldn’t want to disappoint.

If  a boss is mean and demeaning, respect, in turn,is lost. Employees will follow out of fear and will not be inspired to go the extra mile.

 

Source: www.lifehack.org

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Using vs. Developing

When people are constantly imposed to do things, knowing they will get no credit and will bare all the responsibility if it goes wrong…they feel used.

Leaders, unlike plain bosses, seek to develop their talent. Instead of hiring disposable slaves they hire colleagues, people they can transfer knowledge to, teach and help grow.

Source: brightside.me

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Humanity for Humans

 Leaders focus on people before they focus on processes. A leader understands that workers are humans. That’s why they set reachable goals, realistic expectations and go hard on the team when things are easy but go easy on them when things get tough. This increases motivation, decreases stress and yields better results.

Bosses, in contrast, treat people like machines and believe them to be replaceable in case of burn out. This attitude leads then to high attrition rates, weaker teams and lower quality work.

Source: brightside.me

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Leaders love to row with the team

And finally, leaders don’t arrive at the office late and leave early.

To build respect, coach their teammates and yield results, leaders consider themselves part of the team with all that implies. They abide by company rules and values, participate constantly in team meetings, and are available to help at any time.

Source: content.timesjobs.com

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

Whether you are a leader or a boss is never to late to change or keep improving. If you are interested in becoming a better leader, stay tuned for our next post on the top 10 leadership courses in the world!

 

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