Hi MT group, 

I supervise a small team of service technicians and have two who are looking towards their next step in the technciain ladder and possibly into management at a later date. I want to expose my star guys to good content that broaden their horizons. 

I am currently listening to: Upstream - The quest to sovle problems before they happen at the suggestion of someone in this forum. So far I am enjoying the book, as it encourages the reader to look beyond the problem. If this oppinion continues I will most likely recommend my all-star technicians read this to start on a succession plan. 

Other books/authors I'd likely recommend depending on the direct:

Developing the Leader Within You -  Maxwell

The Effective Manager & Hiring Manager - Horstman

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Kahneman

The Personal MBA - Kaufman - Recommended by jrb3

Turn the Ship Around! - Marquet

Start With Why - Simon Sinek


What are some other good books you would recommend to your directs?


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Personal MBA - Kaufman -- excellent summary of various universal business concepts.  Online variant at (so you can preview the full content) and can be ordered in book form from same.

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Thanks jrb3 for the recommendation. I'll add it to the list! What are your thoughts on how to recommend books to directs as a part a growth plan towards future promotion?

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Hmm.  If you can point to a specific apparent "hole" in their readiness, then to a book (or equivalent) which helps with that, that'd be my top choice.  For instance, poor presentation technique --> actively participate in a local Toastmasters club;  increased need to tactfully address differences in a contentious group/culture --> Patterson's "Crucial Conversations";  wider understanding of industry --> subscribe to online and print trade magazines;  and so on.

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... so it's clear it's in line with their other ongoing improvements ....

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These are the books I recommend for all early career/ management seeking employees.:


- The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
- Getting to Yes by Robert Fisher and William L. Ury
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Negotiating Game by Chester Karras
- The Machine that Changed the World by James P. Womack
- The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
- Freakanomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
- 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green
- Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman

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David Epstein - Range

Gwendolyn Galsworth - Work that makes sense

Another recommendation for The Goal, by Eli Goldratt