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The Top Four Project Management Books for Project Leaders to Read this Summer

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Every day we try to put our best foot forward so we can come closer to realising our career goals.

We identify the tasks that need to be accomplished, schedule meetings, and set time in the day to prepare all the reports required.

We may have forgotten an essential item on the agenda, our own self-development and specifically:

 

Are we pencilling in enough time for reading, and not just reading online, but an actual book?

 

It is well documented that most influential leaders take the time to read books.

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet to name a few are well known to be avid readers clocking up to 50 books per year.

Someone once asked Buffet about keys to success, and he said “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

While I am not advocating that everyone should start reading 500 pages a day, I certainly agree that one of the great ways to advance your way of thinking is to read.

 

And in many roles, including marketing and project management that have been rocked by disruptive environments, reading should be part of our continuous self-learning and be part of our daily life.

 

There are tons of resources out there to help project managers up their skills and there’s no shortage of books on the subject of project management.

Following on our “Emerging Trends in Project Management Report” we published earlier this year, we have selected the top 4 books which we believe address the most relevant trends in project management today:

 

1 – The DNA of Strategy Execution by Jack Duggal

 

DNA of Strategy ExecutionThis ground-breaking book offers new perspectives on age-old management challenges and illuminates better ways to organise and manage in an increasingly turbulent, DANCE-world (Dynamic. Ambiguous. Non-Linear. Complex. Emergent)

Whether you are a part of a start-up or an established incumbent organisation, the impact of digitisation and disruption and the intensification of the DANCE-world requires a rethink and reset of how we organise and manage.

This book presents a holistic approach and a playbook for effective strategy-project-execution for the next-generation Project, Programme and PMO professionals.

If you’d like an overview of the topic, you can also listen to Jack’ recent webinar “Next Generation Project Management & PMO”. Click to watch the full recording.

[The book is available here]

 

2 – The Project Revolution by Antonio Nieto Rodriguez

The Project Revolution

Recently awarded with the prestigious Thinkers50 award, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is considered one of the most influential thinkers in management and leadership.

In his latest book, [The Project Revolution] Antonio argues that every aspect of our lives is becoming a set of projects. The speed of change witnessed in the past decade has radically affected the way we organise and manage our companies and work.

In this new landscape, projects are becoming an essential model to create value. In short, we are witnessing the rise of the project economy and how individuals and companies can develop the competencies required to transform and thrive in the new digital and project-driven economy.

A fantastic read, full of real-life examples and ultimately an expert guide to getting and staying on top of the projects that bring strategy and strategy execution to life.

If you’d like an overview of the topic, you can also listen to Antonio’ recent webinar “The Project Revolution” [Click to watch the full recording.]

 

3 – “Measure What Matters” by John Doerr’s

 

Measure What MattersJohn Doerr’s [Measure What Matters] makes the case that objectives and key results (OKRs) drive business success, align individuals and teams, and are a continuous improvement driver.

Measuring what matters begin with the very question: What is most important for the next 3, 6 or 12 months? Successful organisations focus on the handful of strategic initiatives that can make a real difference and by standing firmly behind a few top-line OKRs, it gives teams a compass and a baseline for assessment.

 

4 – The Power of Project Leadership – Susanne Madsen

 

Project LeadershipA great book aimed at project managers and those who want to get better at leading and implementing change. A fantastically well-researched book with lots of stories from project managers and other experts makes this book very practical.

Susanne will be releasing the second edition on the 3rd August. Having just finished the preview, I would highly recommend you to add it to your reading list. [Click here to order]

You can also read many of Susanne’s articles right here on the [Strategy Execution blog]

 

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About Nadine Rochester

Nadine Rochester
Nadine is a marketing director at Strategy Execution.

A experienced marketing strategist and technologist, Nadine is also passionate about project management, business analysis and agile PM, managing and contributing to the company PM blog servicing 40,000 monthly users.

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