What Colour is Your Parachute 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers by Richard N. Bolles

No matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter sometimes needs to find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Including up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive CVs and cover letters, doing effective networking, confident interviewing, and negotiating your salary.

But it goes beyond that, in helping you to better know who you are, with its classic self-inventory called The Flower Exercise because the best answer to What shall I do? Flows from knowing who you are.

Managing Creativity and Innovation by Harvard Business School Press

Innovation is an undisputed catalyst for company growth, yet many managers across industries fail to create a climate that encourages and rewards innovation. Managing Creativity and Innovation explores the manager’s role in sparking organizational creativity and offers insight into what managers and leaders must do to increase successful innovation. Contents include: Generating new ideas and recognizing opportunities; Moving innovation to market; Removing mental blocks to creativity; Establishing a strategic direction for profitable product development; Brainstorming and fostering creative conflict within groups; Creating an innovation-friendly culture.

Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail by R Meredith Belbin

For every manager, getting the most from their team is paramount in achieving superior results. Belbin’s vital area of management research supersedes the usual preoccupations with qualifications and experience, considering instead the Team Role behaviours which shape everyday interactions in teams. This book is an account of the experimental study of management teams at Henley Management College from which Belbin’s unique Team Role theory developed. Now in its third edition the original theory has been fully updated and rewritten in parts by the author, with chapter summaries and updated illustrations. This is the original book by Meredith Belbin, offering the only authoritative explanation of how Belbin’s world-famous Team Role language came into being.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni offers a leadership fable that is both enthralling and instructive He turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams by Kenneth Blanchard, Donald Carew, Eunice Parisi-Carew

The alternative way towards better team-building, this is the bestselling management tool from the author of The One Minute Manager.

Most managers spend over half their time working with a team, and the One Minute Manager’s practical advice shows how any team can work better and more effectively. The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams explains the four stages on the way to building a high performing team: Orientation, Dissatisfaction, Resolution and Production and reveals how to tap the creativity and potential of people at all levels in order to become an effective group leader.

The Strategy Book by Max Mckeown

Thinking strategically is what separates managers and leaders. Learn the fundamentals about how to create winning strategy and lead your team to deliver it. From understanding what strategy can do for you, through to creating a strategy and engaging others with strategy, this book offers practical guidance and expert tips. It is peppered with punchy, memorable examples from real leaders winning (and losing) with real world strategies. It can be read as a whole or you can dip into the easy-to-read, bite-size sections as and when you need to deal with a particular issue. The structure has been specially designed to make sections quick and easy to use — you’ll find yourself referring back to them again and again.

Strategic Thinking, A Step by Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership by Simon Wootton and Terry Home

A Step-by-Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership, now in it’s third edition, takes you step by step through sound strategic thinking by setting out the questions to ask. In the process of answering these questions and thinking through the important issues that they raise, you will learn how to formulate strategies and write clear and concise strategic plans.

With new online material to support each step and help strengthen your ability to predict future changes, as well as a new section covering key aspects of leadership and neuroscience, this practical book will enable you to: gain a deeper understanding of your market; forecast where your organization is heading; think critically about proposals; write an effective strategic plan

How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development by John Adair

How to Grow Leaders is a ground-breaking book which sets the record straight on leadership development, the nature of leadership and how it can be taught. John Adair identifies the seven key principles of leadership development, and answers vital questions on how to select, train and educate leaders at team, operational and strategic leadership levels. In doing so he discusses topics such as the manager as leader, how people become leaders, how to manage leadership training, learning to be a strategic leader and training team leaders. Effective leadership is a crucial factor in business success. How to Grow Leaders will help you to develop these skills in others, whilst guiding you on your own personal journey towards excellence as a leader.

Develop Your Leadership Skills: 18 Skills That Make A Great Leader by Firas Samri

Leadership skills development is a crucial way but with a good reference, you can be able to achieve your goals of being an effective leader. It’s inevitable to improve your skills since the business needs it in order for you to manage your organization well. Learn how to accept challenges and continue to educate and improve yourself by having self-discipline, embracing failures, knowing how to delegate, setting definite goals and a lot more. Know how to handle your team and make them feel that they are well guided. A good leader also knows the importance of encouraging others and how passion changes one’s perspective. Also, discussed on the chapters are the ways on how to take initiatives and obtain the willingness to admit and learn from failures as well as your weaknesses.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is recognised as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. From Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, millions of people have worked their way through the 7 and found in them a key to transforming their lives. It has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.