5 Books to Read on National Lazy Day

In honour of #NationalLazyDay, Joanne Howe, of Howe Consultancy, has round up the best books to keep your mind active while you’re making the most of being lazy…

Eat That Frog: Get More of the Important Things Done Today

This book is Joanne’s favourite and a one which her clients may recognise. There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. Take it all in as Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline, and determination.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t, Jim Collins

This book is a culmination of Collins’ many years of experience as a corporate performance analyst. In it, he examines the factors behind the stellar success of some companies, and the factors behind the failures of others.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink

Drive will encourage you to forget everything you thought you knew about motivating people. Pink explains that the true secret to high performance and satisfaction at work, in school or at home, is the human need to direct our own lives. In this book, he explains how you can use this to better motivate yourself and others.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni offers a leadership fable that serves as an important reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a rare story in a world of non-fiction business reads, but is equally as helpful as any biography or manual. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which cause problems for even the best team, and is an important read for anybody who wants to become a leader.

Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay, Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans

Employees who walk out the door cost their companies up to 200 percent of their annual salaries to replace. This Wall Street Journal bestseller offers twenty-six simple strategies that managers can use to address their employees’ real concerns and ultimately keep them within the company.

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