Whether you’re a leader in a corporation, the owner of a company, or the head of a team, these four business books will help guide you through change, growth, innovation, and the creation of a new culture. And they’re all based on the proven tactics of successful leaders in the business world.
Chitra Anand has been on our radar for years — she shared her unique story as a Women of Influence Speaker in 2014 — and now she’s bringing her over 20 years of experience in the tech industry, working with giants like Microsoft, Telus, and Open Text, to her new book, The Greenhouse Approach. Her focus is on innovation — a necessity in today’s rapidly changing economy — which she believes many organizations lack because their culture is tuned to inertia, focusing disproportionately on established structures and processes. Her solution is intrapreneurship: empowering and harnessing employees’ entrepreneurial drive to foster new ideas, creative thinking, and a problem-solving edge. The Greenhouse Approach is a guide for reimagining current norms and structures, developing a culture of intrapreneurship, and equipping employees with the tools to anticipate and adapt to change.
The former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE, Beth Comstock uses a candid personal narrative to share the lessons she learned over thirty years of guiding change at the global organization, challenging it to not wait for perfection but to spot trends, take smart risks, and test new ideas more often. With a call to action for everyone to let go of our attachment to “what we know” and become a change maker, the book is full of practical takeaways for problem-solving, collaboration, and forward-thinking leadership.
As the former chief talent officer at Netflix, Patty McCord made a name for herself by rewriting the corporate HR playbook — literally. She penned the now infamous document which outlined “behaviours and skills” for employees and created an HR philosophy that did away with annual performance reviews, retention plans, and employee empowerment and engagement programs. In her book, Patty outlines the insights and lessons from her days at Netflix, and provides readers with a different path for creating a culture of high performance and profitability.
Tiffani Bova has spent decades traveling around the world helping companies — from Fortune 500 corporations to startups — solve their most vexing problem: how to keep growing in the face of stiff competition and a fast-changing business environment. It’s led her define ten simple growth paths, and in her new book, she explains how every successful growth strategy can be boiled down to picking the right combination and sequence of these paths. Her insights are demonstrated through over thirty in-depth business stories, including big players like Starbucks, Red Bull, and Marvel, which can help you find the right path to apply to your own organization.