Corporate consultant Steven Snyder has written a compelling book, Leadership and the Art of Struggle.
Snyder sets out to illuminate “how great leaders grow through challenge and adversity.”
He succeeds admirably.
Leaders think. Leaders plan and prioritize. Leaders manage their time and money effectively.
First and foremost, however, leaders act.
Daniel Pink has sold millions of management books, creating value at the intersection of theory and practice.
He has enviable familiarity with the academic literature, from business management to neuroscience. He is also intimately aware of the kinds of issues faced by people in business—whether they’re employees of large multinationals or entrepreneurs birthing a start-up.
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others is in this now-familiar niche.
It’s well conceived, well written and well designed. It merits a wide audience: anyone concerned with the practicality of persuasion.
The anniversary of TR’s birthday, October 27th, is an appropriate time to commemorate his historic leadership.
And, just perhaps, it’s useful to reflect on our national leadership–and what TR called the “national character.”
How do we stack up? What can we do better? What can we make better? What can we begin on this very day, in this very hour?
Who would question that talent development is absolutely essential for creating value in any enterprise? Nonetheless, it’s an all too often neglected area of management. It’s often accorded a low priority in practice.
Beverly Kaye & Julie Winkle Giulioni have stormed the breach with their fine book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want.