Accountability: The Key to Driving a High Performance Culture

Accountability and Integrity
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Accountability – or people being accountable – is the missing ingredient in delivering on high performance, we see it every day in our work with leaders and their teams.  Practiced effectively, accountability is a way of thinking and acting all the time and ultimately trumps any financial, intellectual, structural, or technological ability.

Greg Bustin does a brilliant job in this book of distinguishing his 7 Pillars of Accountability.  This is a book you will want to read more than once and refer back to often.

Leadership Team Coaching in Practice: Developing High-Performing Teams

Leadership teams
Review:This is Peter Hawkins fifth book on this topic and focuses on how leadership team coaching techniques have been applied internationally across a variety of team types and sectors. Featuring essays from expert contributors, this practical guide offers a range of real-world case studies to illustrate best practice and learning on how to develop your own unique approach to fostering collective transformational leadership across teams.

The 5 Dysfunctions of Team

Leadership Teams
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Patrick Lencioni is renowned for his work in supporting and empowering teams to be effective in the US.  This small book has a wealth of approaches and tools for driving effective teamwork.

The 85% Solution

Accountability and Integrity
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This book by Linda Galindo is extremely useful for educating your managers and employees on accountability and responsibility. She shifts the view of accountability from punishment, fault, blame and guilt to ‘personal accountability’ and uses compelling real life stories to push the message that what that means is being responsible for the outcomes of your choices, behaviours and actions. We have used this book extensively in our leadership team programme and the participants of those programmes have gone on to use it with their direct reports.

As can be the case with these types of books, the message is repeated often. But it’s a good message, worth spreading. We prefer to look at personal responsibility from the 100% perspective but if you can get your people to take on 85% you’ll have an entirely new culture and vastly elevated levels of performance!

The Imposter Syndrome: Becoming an Authentic Leader

Authentic Leadership
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This brilliant book by Harold Hillman PhD, is clearly written by someone who has personally been down the self-awareness/enlightenment path.  He deals honestly and empathetically with what all leaders must experience at some point in their career, if not often – self-doubt and questioning.  If you don’t experience self-doubt you should probably worry because a dose of it now and again can provide a well needed grounding.  If you experience it too often it can be incredibly debilitating.  In this book you will discover how to recognise what often lies underneath the self-doubt and how to overcome it to become a better leader, confident in your abilities and true to yourself.

The Power of Full Engagement

Values and Culture
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Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz are the masters of understanding the role energy plays in being a great athlete and a great leader.  Their full engagement system is based on 25 years of working with great sporting athletes and brings all of that learning to people working in business.  If you want to learn how to live your life in a more balanced way, be successful at work without burning the rest of your life, read this book.