Business books are solutions looking for people with problems.
Take a look at these three new releases:
From Bud to Boss: The Secrets To A Successful Transition To Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris
The pitch from Kevin and Guy is very clear: our book can help you be successful in your first role as a leader. I would guess that hundreds of thousands of people are giving that first leadership opportunity every year. You could see this book working in venues ranging from schools to companies to non-profits to religious groups. The book reminds me of The First 90 Days, where the argument was a handful of transitions determined that overall arc of your career. From Bud to Boss would be helpful to a lot of people.
10 Steps To Successful Virtual Presentations by Wayne Turmel
Did you do a Skype call this week? Have you attended a WebEx meeting in the last month? When moving from emulating phone calls with the new technology and add pictures or video, virtual presentations get alot harder. Wayne says that fewer than 15% of managers use these sort of tools, mostly because of fear and lack of training. This reminds me the rampant problems with poor Powerpoint presentation that finally started to get addressed in books like Beyond Bullet Points, Presentation Zen, and Resonate. It seems to me that there are thousands of people who could use the tools and tips that Wayne has to offer.
The Freak Factor: Discovering Weakness by Flaunting Weakness by Dave Rendall
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses,” and that strikes at the heart of the book Dave wrote. His message reinforces the work that Gallup has done over the last decade: Leverage your strengths while appreciating and embracing your weaknesses. Or as Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea says, “Like yourself, not despite your flaws and so-called deficits, but because of them.” The book is heavy on people with pictures and profiles who live this philosophy. This book is 178 pages of permission to be the person you have always wanted to be.
These are all great books that solve specific problems – succeeding in first leadership experiences, using digital tools for effective, remote presentations, and finding the courage to embrace who we are.
If you are dealing with anyone of these issues, the three books above are great solutions to consider.