Social Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman brings together latest findings in brain science and biology and proposes that  we are “wired to connect” and that our relationships have huge impact on all parts of our lives. He references and summarizes lots of research extremely well to make this a great leadership resource.  Goleman proposes a new vocabulary for intelligence that draws on the emerging field of social neuroscience and describes Describing how our brains influence, and our affected by our connection with others.

The Orange Revolution: How one great team can transform an Entire Organization – Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Tomas Edison invented the light bulb, true, but he didn’t do it alone. He brought the best minds together,  each masters in their own domain, gave them a clear purpose and then let them collaborate together. He checked in occasionally , giving a little guidance but never interfering in the process. Great teams have transformed organizations from mediocre to exceptional and  Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton bring attention to what constitutes a break-through team in a practical and impactful way focusing on the elements that each individual brings to a team ; personal competency, leadership traits and purpose or cause. They capture all of this in a useful easy to implement Orange Revolution Model that takes teams from “cause” to sustained success.

Leading Outside the lines – John R Katzenbach and Zia Khan

This is a book every leader should read. It cleverly uses relevant case studies from different organizations to illustrate how the formal (traditional management process) combined with the informal (culture, social network and communities) organization can bring about great performance results. You will not be able to put this book down.

DRIVE – The surprising truth about what motivates us – Daniel Pink

“It aint about the money, money money”… Daniel Pink takes 40 years of scientific research on human motivation and dispels the traditional beliefs that as people we are motivated by money alone. It’s a refreshing perspective on what drives us to perform, to try new things and to be happy. He not only talks about the three elements that motivate us but also gives us useful tools and techniques for acting on  these fundamentals. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, we are motivated by purpose, by the ability to create and our need to master what we know.

Ubuntu – Stephen Lundin and Bob Nelson

Ubuntu is an ancient African philosophy; the word itself has many meanings; respect, helpfulness sharing, community, caring, trust, unselfishness. Steve Lundin and Bob Nelson remind us in this book that our brains are socially wired and that collaboration is not just about working together towards a common goal but more importantly treating each other with respect, compassion and dignity in the pursuit of a common purpose.  It is a story about how organizations can deliver on their commitment to people and truly realise organizational strategy. Their story is about global interconnectedness where global organization non longer pay lip service to “ people are our most valuable asset”.