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3 Books to Help You Succeed as a Manager

3 Books to Help You Succeed as a Manager

Here are three books I've read in the past that had a great influence on me as a manager in several companies. As you can see, they are all very different and the third one is mostly entertainment, but it will make you reflect on how you manage and lead your team.

I'm a believer in books as a learning tool. While seminars, workshops and courses are valuable, and for some, even the best way to learn, books let you learn in the comfort of your own home, at your own speed and on your own terms.The first book is about throwing away the conventional rules about managing people to get the best out of them. I've tried to use the principles and found that a key success is having staff who are different from you and encouraging them. I never liked wallflowers and preferred to work with people who had an opinion, as long as it was based on information, knowledge or other reality.

The second is about how great ideas in companies are seldom implemented and how to change that key fault. I've seen it myself in companies I've worked in and now I try to guard against it.

The third is simply a funny read, and it's amazing how real to life Dilbert is. While there is some exaggeration and not everything may apply to your situation, the book resonates with most people.

Here they are, along with a link to the amazon descriptions, where you can read reviews and even browse some sample pages:

"First, Break All the Rules - What The World's Greatest Managers Do Differently" - Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman Read more about the book at

"The Knowing-Doing Gap" - How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action" - Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton Read more about the book at

"The Dilbert Principle" - Scott Adams Read more about the book at


Right now, I'm reading 3 books at the same time. As usual, one's a novel and the other two are business books, including "The Checklist Manifesto" and "6 Pixels of Separation". I'll write about those once I'm finished.

I've always had a phobia about writing in books and highlighting things, even though I encourage others to do it, so I compromise by using lots of little yellow sticky notes to mark key themes or ideas I want to refer back to. Whichever approach you use, make the best of every book you read - they are the cheapest investment you will ever make in your career.

About Michel Theriault

Michel is the founder of Success Fuel for Managers. He is an author, speaker and consultant focusing on topics relevant to Managers and aspiring Managers in businesses of all sizes who want to get results, get attention, and get ahead. He is also a contributor to Forbes and AllBusiness Experts . Michel is available for speaking engagements, training and consulting. Connect with him or send an email.

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