Staff Recommendations

  • Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture

    by Greg Bustin

    Bustin provides the best practices for using accountability, trust, and purpose to turn your long-term vision into reality. Accountability explains why the “carrot-and-stick” approach doesn’t work—and describes how to build and sustain a culture based on shared beliefs, positive action, and internal leadership development. The author’s conclusions are based on data resulting from his work with more than 3,000 executives worldwide, plus exclusive interviews with Fortune's Most Admired Companies and Best Places to Work.

  • Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

    By Joseph McCormack

    The only way to survive at work today is to be a lean communicator. Busy executives expect you to respect and manage their time more effectively than ever. You need to do the groundwork to make your message tight and to the point. The average professional receives 304 emails per week and checks their smartphones 36 times an hour, 38 hours a week. This inattention has spread to every part of life. The average attention span has shrunk from 12 seconds in 2000 to eight in 2012.McCormack tackles the challenges of inattention, interruptions, and impatience that every professional faces. His proven B.R.I.E.F. approach helps simplify and clarify complex communication. BRIEF will help you summarize lengthy information, tell a short story, harness the power of infographics and videos, and turn monologue presentations into controlled conversations.
  • The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market

    By Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema

    Their plan is simple: put unmatched value (best product, best total solution, or best total cost) in the marketplace while meeting threshold standards in other dimensions of value. The authors follow up their theory with practical guidelines for constructing an appropriate operational model, and offer many examples using well-known companies. A landmark work in market strategy that applies to both private sector and government organizations.
    Recommended by Jon Hassinger, CI President
  • Freedom and Destiny

    By Rollo May

    Written by a psychiatrist, this book examines the challenges faced by our ability to make our own choices and the sense that our life has a particular meaning or destiny…something we were meant to achieve. If I have a destiny, do I really have freedom to choose? Balancing these two competing concepts is at the heart of a healthy emotional life. How do we find our destiny while maintaining our freedom?
    Recommended by John McCann, CI Director of Training

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