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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The definitive book, readily accessible in toto or in pieces, on becoming more effective with greater productivity and less stress. David Allen takes common-sense principles of organization and prioritization and transforms them into a highly-organized, effective system of gaining control of the “stuff” in your life.

Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence
Refuting recent-history “traditional” views of emotionless, strictly business-oriented approaches to leadership, Primal Leadership presents a people-oriented approach to managing work, people, and the unavoidable interactions between the two. Rather than checking your personality and emotions at the door, become a more effective, more personable, more accessible leader through the principles in Primal Leadership.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Incisive, relevant, and to-the-point, Execution addresses the single greatest failing of all good plans: it’s namesake. Without execution, the best planning is nothing but a paper tiger, and most planning isn’t great to begin with. Execution addresses accomplishing the point of business: success. But it’s relevance doesn’t stop there. Execution is as relevant to anyone’s productivity as it is to the CEO’s.

Transforming Performance Measurement: Rethinking the Way We Measure and Drive Organizational Success
Transforming Performance Measurement” is an essential read for any serious practitioner of performance management. Alternating refreshingly between anecdotal examples and hard data, it presents a simultaneously refreshing and common sense approach to implementing new measures and revitalizing existing performance measurement efforts. It makes the top of my list of Professional Reads On A Cross-Country Flight.

Love ’em or Lose ’em: Getting Good People to Stay (4th edition)
Kaye and Jordan-Evans have done an incredible job of preparing a concise, readable, enjoyable book about retaining your star employees. It contains anecdotes, recommendations, To Do lists to help organize ideas, brainstorm lists, and “What If” stories which illustrate what could have been done to keep someone who ultimately left. This book provides concrete, practicable suggestions on how to keep your best talent and why the talent that leaves does leave.

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most

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