These books both showed up in my mail this week because both authors are partnering with us to promote From Bud to Boss, launching February 15.
Because of our relationship, they moved to the top of my reading stack. Because they are good, I am sharing them with you.
I hesitate to call this book cute, even though it is, because calling it that would mask its value. I’ve often said adults are little kids in bigger bodies. Nick takes this idea and compares certain unhealthy and unhappy workplace behavior to the behaviors of children. This makes it fun, and pointedly profound.
At the end of each brief chapter he gives do’s and don’ts to avoid or reduce these behaviors. These simple do’s and don’ts are repeated in full lists in the Appendix. The whole book can be read in a very short time (only about 90 easy reading pages), but the lessons will last far longer.
I highly recommend this gem!
This book’s message is best described in the first two short paragraphs of the introduction:
“Would you rather be asked for your input or told what to do?
Good questions generate thought, focus and action from the listener. They also convey respect. Maybe that’s why 95% of leaders prefer to be asked questions rather than be told what to do. And yet, according to a survey I conducted, these same leaders give instructions 58% of the time rather than asking coworkers for their input!”
From this powerful and convicting beginning Gary uses a unique approach to help his readers become better question askers. He takes five key roles of leaders and explores them in a chapter:
- Improve vision
- Ensure accountability
- Build unity and cooperation
- Create better decisions
- Motivate to action
Then he opens each section with a list of great questions, and the chapter follows with comments, stories and ideas related to each question.
This book uncovers an important leadership skill – that of asking questions. And it uses questions to do it.
I love the topic and the approach, and I think you will benefit from the book.