People often ask me “where do you find this stuff?”. The “stuff” are the things I learn or analyze together with my friends and colleagues. Bits and pieces of information, ideas or statistics I use to challenge those who want to be challenged (and some that do not).
There are so many sources, but I do have a small selective “club” who really inspire me.
So here it is, my secret list of sources:
1. Tom Peters (for wild, nuts and crazy stuff related to leadership, innovation and business)
2. Jim Kouzes & Bary Posner (for leadership)
3. Ken Blanchard (for leadership and teams)
4. Seth Godin (whenever I need a purple cow)
5. Nancy Duarte (for inspiration regarding storytelling and presentations)
6. Dan Roam (for transmitting information in a joyful manner)
7. Marshall Goldsmith (for dealing with humans)
8. TED(I know it’s not a real person, but sometimes it feels just like one)
We changed a lot in the past 100 years. The way we think about work has suffered dramatically. Therefore, the way we must lead people changed in accordance. Here is a [very] short history of the process:
I recently answered a question on quora about the best books on leadership.
I have 2 personal favorites:
1. The Leadership Challenge - Barry Posner & Jim Kouzes It’s a soft approach, the best one I’ve read. It’s based on a recurring study about top leadership practices. They focus on the top 5. Lots of real life stories.
2. Leading at a higher level - Ken Blanchard It’s a “harder” approach, with lots of tools and concepts. I think you will find it covers almost everything regarding leadership.
This two are the perfect combination in my perspective.