Sticky Notes of Thoughts

…because some thoughts are worth remembering

On Books for People and Project Management


I often get asked “How did you learn to do x? Is there a good book I can read?” and I’ve asked the question myself of my friends to augment a particular skill.

Of course, if we think a quick flip through pages of a book or two would get you up to speed on a skill like managing other people, we better think again. There are, however, books that help begin or even jump start the process of learning or augment what you’ve been practicing.

The question I get asked most has to do with project management and event planning. With the exception of a few tricks (like effective use of spreadsheet and other tools), there’s no replacing apprenticeship. I see how people I admire work, and take note of what I can import into my own style and skill set and what to modify, then practice, practice, practice. I also realized that even the most detailed spreadsheet can’t guarantee a successful event, if you don’t have the communication and leadership skills to get everyone on the same proverbial page.

For leadership the books that influenced me most are:

  • Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (Robert Townsend), for corporate culture building
  • Further Up the Organization: How Groups of People Working Together for a Common Purpose Ought to Conduct Themselves for Fun and Profit (Robert Townsend), for corporate culture building
  • Leadership is an Art (Max DePree), for servant leadership style

Books I used to get everyone speaking the same language

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Tom Rath)
  • The One-Page Project Manager: Communicate and Manage Any Project with a Single Sheet of Paper (Clark A. Campbell)
  • Harvard Business Review article collection (one of those classic collections… It had some time management articles, why multitasking is bad, other management tidbits. Each staff got assigned one and presented it to the group.)
  • Getting Things Done (David Allen), made it available for staff looking to adopt some time management habits
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini), assigned each chapter to a staff to present

What are yours?

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