Books and articles that fuel the conversations we have with our clients and each other.
How can safety improve performance? James T. Schultz, a Brimstone Senior Partner, and Brian L. Fielkow provide a guide for optimizing organizational performance through safety leadership. Using anecdotes, strategies, and practical tools, this book explores the principles and practices for creating, nurturing, and sustaining a culture of safety. We consider it a must-read for leaders in safety-sensitive industries.
Creative Confidence is a book that helps anyone access their creative potential. The authors, IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley, and his brother, Tom Kelley who also wrote the bestselling The Art of Innovation, explain the principles and strategies that allow us to tap into our innate creativity—to make our personal and work lives richer.
Igniting Customer Connections: Fire Up Your Company’s Growth by Multiplying Customer Experience and Engagement
A big part of a change effort is envisioning how your organization’s changes will impact external customers. Frawley examines how the consumer landscape is changing, and provides suggestions on how today’s marketers can think differently about meeting their customers’ rapidly changing expectations.
Goodwin masterfully captures Lincoln’s genius in managing the people around him. Lincoln faced incredibly complex and unprecedented challenges during his presidency. By bringing together former adversaries and leveraging their talents, he overcame obstacles unlike any leader before or after him.
For people in services businesses, this book is a must-read. It examines the changing landscape of trust in today’s connected world, and what practices help you build trust. The authors also provide unique insights about how to translate your client’s trust and confidence into business value.
While the idea of shared leadership—and a move away from command-and-control management—has captured the imagination of many leaders, how to put it into practice remains a barrier. In this book, Bradford and Cohen break down the complex concepts behind shared leadership and provide a blueprint for making it work. They provide multiple real-life examples and case studies that illustrate what this way of leading makes possible, and give you tools to help you create an organizational culture of shared responsibility.
How many "quiet rock stars" have you worked with? Cain explores how the Extrovert Ideal became entrenched in our culture, and makes a case for the high price we pay by undervaluing introverts. Well researched and filled with stories of successful introverts, this book gives us a new perspective on how we view introverts and their power in the workplace.
Companies don’t become great overnight, and likewise, they rarely fall without warning. By examining how companies behave as they get into trouble, Collins identifies the common stages of decline, and explores how leaders can keep their companies from falling all the way to the bottom.
First published twenty years ago, Grove’s thoughts on how to spot patterns in massive change stands up to the test of time. Based on common sense, case studies, and first-hand experience, this book guides leaders on how to act when the business landscape shifts suddenly and unexpectedly.
Change, in addition to creating massive disruption, also exposes extraordinary opportunities. Charam explores how leaders can use change to create advantage, along with the mindset required to attack in spite of ambiguity, volatility, and complexity.