He may have been HR’s worst nightmare, but I just finished Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and am both moved and inspired by the brilliance of this thought leader. I highly recommend this compelling read for its rich historical narrative of one of the world’s great thinkers and leaders.
You have just entered into a new role and feel a need to add value NOW. Before you put the cart ahead of the horse, stop doing and start listening. This step will ensure that you move forward with an the information you need to make appropriate contributions. Figure out what you need to know about your new organization and then learn it as rapidly as you can.
Plan to learn. This means figuring out in advance what the important questions are so that you can best answer them.
Identify your personal “learning disabilities”, i.e., the potentially crippling internal blocks to your own learning and development. Be in touch with your strengths and weaknesses. Be self aware.
Displaying a genuine ability to listen often translates into increased credibility and influence.
Learn to identify actionable insights: knowledge that enables you to make better decisions earlier.
Make a learning agenda to identify what you want to learn and a learning plan to establish how you intend to learn it.
-Paraphrased from The First 90 Days but Michael Watkins
11 Must-Read Authors For Every Professional
Great authors teach us, motivate us, inspire us, and make us think. For professionals, great authors can change the way we work, help us realize new opportunities, build a business, and lead others.
This link provides 11 must-read authors, along with six more up-and-coming authors worth reading:
5 Influential CEOs Weigh in What Makes a Good Leader
We’ve taken a look at the new trends in leadership, eyeing the shift in thinking that’s necessary to nurture the modern labor pool–in particular, that smart, finicky, outspoken group known as the Millennials. Additionally, we checked in with some bigwigs who have taken their companies to new heights through skillful command with a dynamic, collaborative approach.