The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt

Written as a novel this book teaches through the characters' experience of discovering their own success.  The reader not only learns the theories the author tries to share, but also the Socratic method to enable the reader to apply learning techniques to their own lives.  

This book introduces the reader to the theory of constraints.  A very powerful theory for management regardless of discipline/industry.  While the theory's application tends to be high level, there are also significant improvements to be had applying this theory at any level of leadership.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Also written as a novel this book focuses more on team dynamics and is applicable for any team member.  The book is ideal for those in their first team leadership role and the lessons it teaches can help maximize team effectiveness very quickly.  Patrick is an engaging presenter well versed in the subject matter at hand. 


Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Fisher and Ury

Among the many books in the world that have become canonical among business practices, this book is one of them.  It introduces the reader to techniques for negotiating that help the reader work towards solutions that benefit all parties in a negotiation.  By creating a collaborative approach in negotiation settings the reader is able to quickly transition a contentious environment into a productive one.  

If you'll never talk to anyone in your professional career then you'll never have an opportunity to negotiate.  For the rest of us, you'll want to read this book.


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins 

Among the many books in the world that have become canonical among business practices, this book is one of them.  It introduces the reader to techniques for negotiating that help the reader work towards solutions that benefit all parties in a negotiation.  By creating a collaborative approach in negotiation settings the reader is able to quickly transition a contentious environment into a productive one.  

If you'll never talk to anyone in your professional career then you'll never have an opportunity to negotiate.  For the rest of us, you'll want to read this book.


The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick lencioni

We've all worked with people who can be a bit of a challenge to building an ideal team.  While it's easy for us to recognize that something is wrong, it's often harder for us to identify what the right team player looks like.  This book illustrates this in a very engaging narrative format and helps the reader cultivate the virtues of an ideal team player in themselves and in those they interact with. 


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