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This work is a holistic, integrated approach to solving personal and professional problems by becoming principle-centered. With pointed anecdotes and penetrating insights, Covey, a leading management consultant, reveals how our actions follow from who we are. He shows how we can end self-defeating behavior at home and work by adopting seven habits. Covey shows how the seven habits are not a quick fix but rather a step-by-step pathway to the principles of fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity that give us the security to adapt to change in our family and business lives.
Kaplan, Robert E. Beyond Ambition: How Driven Managers Can Lead Better and Live Better. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1991.
Based on an intensive six-year study of forty senior executives whose drive to excel was actually damaging their performance, Beyond Ambition reveals how managers can recognize and change personality traits that are undermining their effectiveness, such as perfectionism or the need over control. The book presents touching, in-depth case studies of executives who have made profound personal changes, illustrated by interviews with their coworkers, spouses and children.
Sayles, Leonard R. The Working Leader: The Triumph of High Performance Over Conventional Management Principles. New York: The Free Press, 1993.
Sayles shows with vivid case studies how middle managers with an in-depth understanding of an organization can resolve the inherent contradictions and ambiguities among design, sales and manufacturing. He also shows that while many companies are instilling "customer and quality consciousness" as compartmentalized activities, effective management of work systems automatically leads to high performance in quality, efficiency and service.
Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of a Learning Organization. New York: Currency/Doubleday, 1994.
Silbiger, Steven. The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught in America's Top Business Schools. Quill, September 1994.