paul@birkbeck.com

on my bookshelf

I read a lot of books, mostly in the leadership, team building and psychology realms. Here are some of my favourites. I will try and write a more detailed book report (omg, if my high school English teacher could see me now!) so you can get a better sense of what the book is all about and you can decide if you want to read it.

I really enjoyed Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. I had the opportunity to see him live a few years ago and his speech at the time centered around the chemicals that the body produces and why they exist and how that relates to us today. Clearly he was writing this book at the time. It’s really interesting, it’s a fast read and gives you some insights into what our motivations are for doing the things we do. Start With Why had a good message but the book could probably been quite a bit shorter as Simon seemed to feel the need to make the same points over and over. Still, well worth the read. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team I think is a must read for anyone starting out in leadership. It really gives a good basis for how to be a good team member of an executive team. Patrick Lencioni’s fable based writing style makes it a fast and easy read. Silos, Politics and Turf Wars is my personal favourite book of Patrick Lencioni’s. You see a lot of this type of behaviour in the work world and you get some real life help with how to deal with it. Not just for leaders but it is an extension of sorts to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.