I spent the Long Winter
betting most of today’s readers will agree, it’s been a long,
snowy winter and we’re ready for spring’s resurgence both
in the weather and our businesses. Are you ready?
Two months ago it hit me that I had to put the slower business economy
and the snow storms to better us; so I finished some great business books
last month. Today I’m going to share what I hope will become our
newest addition to the newsletter, the Xceed Business Book Club
– an opportunity for readers to share short snips on business related
books with other readers. These can be books that you’ve enjoyed,
or didn’t totally dig.
Since people are the core of what Xceed Business Solutions, LLC
does and the core of what I enjoy reading about, three books that kept
my attention this past winter were, What Got You Here Won’t Get
You There, Marshall Goldsmith [MOJO is next on my short list]; Crash
Course, The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster,
by one of my favorite Wall Street Journal writers, Paul Ingrassia and
Drive, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel
H. Pink; Drive was by far my favorite read. Yes, my focus is on
business and the people that make it run, so all three fed my hunger for
the people side of the story and how they impact the business bottom line
in so many ways.
Short summary: Marshall Goldsmith’s book, What Got You Here Won’t
Get You There is a great self-help for leaders who seem to have gotten
themselves into a success rut. In this book, Dr. Goldsmith shares his
experience and knowledge to tell those considered the most successful
in today’s workplace, how changing will help them continue to grow
as leaders. The book even got a positive nudge from one of my favorite
CEOs, Alan Mulallay.
Next on the list was Crash Course, The American Automobile Industry’s
Road from Glory to Disaster by Paul Ingrassia. Living in SE Michigan,
having spent a great, but short, career at Ford Motor Company and married
to a ‘my blood runs Ford Blue’ engineer husband, the auto
industry does permeate my life. Paul’s book is a fantastic read
on the ‘people’ involved in the American auto industry and
how their decisions have impacted an industry that has truly shaped the
country we live in. Well worth the time if you are a history buff, think
you know everything about the Big Three, or, like me, just love the people-factor.
Daniel Pink, author of the New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind,
takes us into the world of motivation for today’s workforce in Drive,
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. His latest book tackles
the relevance of motivation theories that worked for the industrial, manufacturing
workforce but just don’t cut it for today’s creative, service-oriented
employees. A definite read if you manage workers who relish feeling more
in control of their lives, including the Generation Z members coming into
the future workplace.
Our next newsletter will include updates from you, our Xceed Business
Book Club readers. Your responses will be highlighted in April,
so be sure to share your favorite business books, magazine articles, and
sites for business information or other items you think readers will benefit
from. Please email
me so that we might expand our collective circle of knowledge.