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Recommended Reading for Graduates and Managers

The following are some of the books that we recommend that you read to enhance your career as a Graduate Manager as well as to help you keep a good Work Life Balance.

“One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey”
by Kim Blanche

Making the best of the time we have available is crucial if we are to be both successful and have time in our lives to do the things we want. This book offers strategies to do just that. One of the themes explores how to ensure we spend our time on doing the things which are our responsibility rather than processing things best done by others.

“How To Organize Your Life And Get Rid Of Clutter”
by Ab Jackson

It is a really helpful CD - full of practical strategies to manage the clutter in all aspects of your life. The section on organizing paper and diaries at work are particularly useful. It is easy to listen to and full of workable ideas.

"The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness"
by Stephen R. Covey

This book looks at using your time in line with your values and so much more. It stands alone but is even more effective if you have read his book

“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
by Stephen R Covey

I use a modified form of his time planning sheet as do several of my clients. We all find it incredibly helpful.

“Stop Chasing Perfection And Settle For Excellence”
by Topher Morrison

It is a self help book with a difference. It offers a fresh perspective on some old themes. It is an enjoyable read with a down to earth approach and a refreshing style. It offers some really good techniques for tapping into greater potential, releasing beliefs which hold us back from achieving our potential and for dealing with emotional baggage.

"The Tipping Point"
by Malcolm Gladwell

Is a book about change. It presents a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does. He makes the parallel between the way ideas, behaviour and messages and products and the way outbreaks of infectious disease work. The Tipping Point is an examination of the social epidemics that surround us.

“How to Achieve Success”
by Claudia Shelton

This is written by the same author as Blind Spots. Claudia Shelton was recently named by Business Week Magazine as 'one of the 50 women to watch'. The book offers her thoughts on how business people and everyday people can achieve success.

“High Five! The Magic of Working Together”
by Kenneth V. Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

The book tells the story of how the main character was fired from his job for failure to be a team player, Alan Foster helps a boy's hockey team learn both team secrets and hockey. Help from a retired girl's basketball coach, chants, cheers, focus, skill development, and knowing that,

"None of us is as good as all of us"

The strength of the team comes out in this book as do insights on how to achieve it.

“Who Moved My Cheese?”
by Spencer Johnson

Mice are used as the vehicle for exploring how a positive approach to change makes all the difference. Don’t be fooled by its humorous approach, the message is a serous one and well worth taking on board. It includes key change issues, change management tips, real encouragement, and the sense that change is "doable”

“Just Do Your Best”
by Chuck Harwood

The book provides the distilled essence of how to perform successfully in your job. Whilst the setting is on a ranch the principles hold true for business in general. Mr. Harwood identifies the critical factors in job success including knowing your job well, and continuously improving what you know and making good decisions.

“Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results”
by Harry Paul, Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen

The book is based on the real life experiences if the fun-loving fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market, learns how to create an environment in which employees are excited to serve customers and each other. Understand how she transformed a toxic work environment.

“The One Minute Manager”
by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard

The book offers timeless tips for supervisors and others who want to increase their effectiveness with people. Learn how to catch people doing something right and the power of clear, understandable goals. It is written in a deceptively simple style.

“Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment”
by William C. Byham

The book shows the changes which take place as the central character understands the impact his actions have on whether staff is enabled to think, contribute, and find meaning in work.

“Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You: Do What Needs to Be Done”
by Bob Nelson

The book offers great tips about how employees can express individual initiative and self-empowerment at work. It is no longer enough to simply "Do what you're told," success for the individual and the organization requires a high level of creative thinking. Find out how to think for yourself.

“Gung Ho! Turn on the People in Any Organization”
by Kenneth Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

This is presented in a fable style. It provides a three-part model for motivating employees. The principles are based on making sure people know why their work is important, giving them control over how they do their jobs, and providing encouragement.