ROUNDUP: Executive-Help Books

We asked top managers to tell us what they’ve recently read that helped them be even better at their jobs.

Bob Cole
Co-Owner, Cole Communications Bronxville
The Biography of an Idea by Edward Bernays
“Bernays introduces the idea that public relations is more than just getting info out. Anyone interested in public relations would find it helpful.”                                                

Dr. Greg Chartier
Principal, The Office of Gregory J. Chartier (a human resources consulting firm), Maryknoll
The Long Tail by Chris Anderson
“The book focuses on a business concept based on a statistical theory called the long tail, and the author explains the idea in clear language, citing multiple examples. What I got out of the book was the confidence that by using the power of the Internet to ‘cast my net’ wider, I can identify and connect with those who need my services.”
Jack Fingerhut
President SmartPros Ltd. Hawthorne
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense by Lawrence G. McDonald and Patrick Robinson
“The book is an excellent inside look at Lehman Brothers. It points out a number of opportunities where Lehman’s leadership could have made decisions that would have saved the firm but chose to ignore the warning signs all around them. The book’s lessons can easily be applied to everyday business situations.”
Richard Greenwald
President Concorde Staffing Group, White Plains
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
“Good to Great helped me to take an honest look at my company and identify where there was potential for change. It gave me the tools to be able to implement positive change. Also, it taught me that if a company leader is surrounded by the right people and has a strategic plan and discipline, then the opportunities for growth are limitless.”

Terry Kirchner
Executive Director Westchester Library System, Tarrytown
The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon Gordon
“The Shark and the Goldfish is a fun tale that packs a powerful punch. Managers and leaders who see a crisis as an opportunity to grow and learn are more likely to nurture dynamic, nimble organizations that can survive and thrive.”

Joe Guilderson
Owner and President Corporate Audio Visual Services Elmsford
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
“The author uses a small business to show how to develop extraordinary results and consistent service to your clients. It’s an interesting look at defining one’s vision and implementing systems so a business owner can successfully separate himself from his competition. A must-read for any business owner.”

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