Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, Jeff Sutherland (Random House Canada) It makes sense that Sutherland, who spent 11 years in the military before becoming a doctor, would go on to develop a project management system intended to boost productivity. He created what’s now known as the Scrum software development process, which would later be used by some of the world’s top companies. It’s all a bit heady, but don’t worry, Sutherland translates the principles of Scrum into practical business steps that will boost your company’s productivity with military precision.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant (Viking) If the endorsements for Originals – a blurb from Malcolm Gladwell, a foreword by Sheryl Sandberg, high praise from J.J. Abrams and Arianna Huffington – didn’t convince you to start reading it, that’s OK. Because Grant’s book isn’t about the kind of wisdom that’s passed down from celebrities on high. It’s about the multitude of opportunities to change the world that are already available. But don’t let that fool you into believing it’s a rote narrative of feel-good self-improvement. Grant backs up his lessons with scientific studies from all areas of life.
The Reputation Economy, Michael Fertik and David Thompson (Random House Canada) Small businesses live and die on reputation. You already knew that, but Fertik and Thompson take a deep dive into the world of social capital and offer tips for employing it to your benefit. Oh, and Fertik would know – he’s the CEO of Reputation.com.
Break Through to Yes, David B. Savage (Elevate Publishing) Though small businesses have their own norms and cultures, true success still comes through collaboration. That’s the theme of Savage’s book, in which he blends lessons from his own career in management and consulting with historical and literary allusions, practical steps and local examples. A must-read for anyone in a leadership position.