This is the final of several posts on The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten (Penguin Group, 2009)
I liked the pull-quotes throughout the book. This might sound trivial, but if you just have 20 minutes and can only thumb through the book and absorb those highlighted quotes in the middle of stories, you’ll get something useful from the book.
1. “We want to help you…to capitalize on your strengths, whatever they might be, and manage around your weaknesses, whatever they might be.” (Now Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton.)
2. “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni)
3. “Always make the other person feel important.” (How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie)
4. “Leadership is at its best when the vision is strategic, the voice persuasive, the results tangible.” (The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem)
5. “And will you succeed? Yes! you will, indeed! (98 and ¾% guaranteed.) (”Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess/Theodore Geisel)
This book is worthwhile for any busy executive—98 and ¾ % guaranteed!