Principals: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio
In Principals: Life and Work, Ray Dalio provides a transparent inside look at one of the most successful investment companies in the world. Reading Principles, I realized the importance of radical transparency and honesty – which, Dalio argues allow us to better express ourselves and understand others.
I particularly appreciate his approach to iterative decision making and goal achievement. If you’re looking for one of the best, recent books on business and life in general, check out Principals.
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, by Michael Bungay Stanier
The Coaching Habit is one the most practical books on coaching I’ve read. It focuses on teaching managers to get to the essence of the issue using a seven-question model. Each question is underpinned by detailed research and presented with solid examples.
I enjoyed the big picture, the high-level strategy, and the habits that you form by asking powerful questions rather than answering/telling the team members what they need to do.