Posted by: Jack Santos
I occasionally look at my bookshelf for encouragement -- reminders of something I should read again, ideas that I may have let fall by the wayside, words of support from sages of years past. Drucker is a favorite: The Effective Executive and the Daily Drucker are old standbys. There is "The Artful Edit" by Susan Bell -- perfect for my role and the extensive writing I must do; "Difficult Conversations" by the Harvard Negotiation Project (Stone/Patton/Heen) -- a classic. On the quirky side there is "200 ways to say no gracefully and effectively" and " Dealing with people you can't stand". Invaluable management tools.
Add to that collection is a recent new release by Hiltabiddle, Edelman, and Manz: "Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office". The messages in this book are simple, but worth repeating. The examples are current and ring true. In the interest of full disclosure, I read early drafts of the book and provided input (I have no financial stake), so I saw it as it was coming along.
The case can be made that CIOs have gotten the corner office (most of mine where in a corner, at least); but if you want something on your bookshelf that you can give a subordinate or someone coming up - this is certainly an add to the shelf. It forms a nice compliment to some of the work we have been doing here at Burton Group around technical "Gearheads" and how they can be successful in business settings, how they can make their case to their bosses.
Especially in stagnant economic times, staff are worried about their careers, and their development. We're seeing a lot of that angst. Having some book resources to fall back on and help is always a good thing.