Welcome to the Resource Page for my book, People-Centered Performance. Starting on page 97 of the book I list dozens of resources that can support your ongoing development as a leader depending on what questions emerge for you after reading my book.
I believe that great conversations start with a question, so each section starts with a question that may resonate with you or a leader that you support in your organization. This will also be updated as I find more resources and questions to help leaders become more people-centered.
One of the core values of my work is Learning + Doing = Growth. The Doing = Work, and I am committed to supporting leaders that are focused on building their capacity to be people-centered. I also welcome recommendations to add to this list, both questions and resources.
Listen . . Lead. Repeat often!
Your Question: I want to spend more time exploring my beliefs as a leader. Who are some of the experts who have helped to form your own beliefs about what leadership looks like?
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership by James Hunter
- Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love by Richard Sheridan
- First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
- Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us by Seth Godin
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
- Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method For Getting Out Of Your Own Way by Rick Carson (extra: 6-minute video on the topic by Rick Carson)
- Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out Of The Box by The Arbinger Institute
- Simon Sinek – TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action (18 min)
- Simon Sinek – TED Talk: Why Great Leaders Make You Feel Safe (12 min)
- Daniel Pink – TED Talk: The Puzzle of Motivation (18 min)
- Daniel Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation (animated) (11 min)
- Derek Sivers – TED Talk: How To Start A Movement (3 min)
Your Question: I see OBN leadership happening across my organization. Things don’t seem to get done without me constantly being present to oversee them, and we have lost some of the energy and passion we had when we had when we were smaller. How do we change that?
That’s a big question! I offer a free 30-minute consultation on any question. Feel free to call (616-405-1018) or contact me via email and we can set something up.
Your Question: As I think about OBN leaders, I think I am one. How can I get feedback and use it to start my own journey towards not being so much of an OBN leader?
- In my blog, trUTips and templates I give lots of tips to leaders about how to have more powerful conversations that contain feedback for the leader. Explore any of those for more information.
- That is another big question! I offer a free 30-minute consultation on any question. Feel free to call (616-405-1018) or contact me via email and we can set something up.
Your Question: I see a gap between my own intentions and actions as a leader. I want to start today to work on having more honest conversations with my people. What are some resources that would support me in this goal?
- One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
- One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey by Ken Blanchard and William Oncken Jr.
- Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard and Patricia Zigarmi
- Managing (Right) For The First Time by David C. Baker
Your Question: The threats section really stood out for me. Some of those threats are real to me, and I need to be more intentional about managing them. What should be my first step?
Threats are a tricky area, only because the threats a leader sees and those their team sees are often very different. I offer several services around helping the culture of organizations and teams change so threats are removed using conversations and habits. Contact me for a free 30-minute consultation on any question. Feel free to call (616-405-1018) or contact me via email and we can set something up.
If you want to try and do some of your own self exploration, below are some books that will provide some insight into some of the threats I named in this chapter.
BOOKS – EGO
BOOKS – CONFLICT
VIDEOS – UNDERSTANDING MOTIVATION
RESOURCES – STAGNATION
- Here are FREE tips and templates for creating development plans for both yourself and our teams. They take work, but the power of writing things down is HUGE!
- I have a process focused on development plans for high potentials in organizations. Please contact me for a few thirty-minute consultation if you want to hear about it. Feel free to call (616-405-1018) or contact me via email and we can set something up.
- Master: The Keys To Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard
Your Question: I work for an OBN leader, and I don’t think I can change him/her or the culture of this organization. I want to explore what my next career step is, and leaving the organization is a very real possibility. What do I do?
In my experience, OBN leaders don’t change on their own. If you decide to stay and have a conversation with them, I recommend reading the book Crucial Conversations by Kenny Patterson and Joseph Grenny that I mentioned above. In any case, focus on what you control and make a choice. Then own the choice.
Here is a copy of a whitepaper where I outline my 5 Tips for Managing Your Career and Performance. This will help you to drive your own development, which will also prepare you for a successful job search.