Guest Blog: Lindsey Pollak via Levo 26 Nov 2014

4 Classic Management Books that are Still Relevant Today

 In writing my book Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, I followed in the footsteps of many leadership and management thinkers and teachers. While some of their work has gone out of fashion or been rendered irrelevant by newer thinking, plenty remains relevant and useful today.

In Becoming the Boss, I include a list of classic management books that are still worth reading for today’s leaders. Here are four books from that list:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

How to Win Friends and Influence People was one of the very first self-help books, and it’s still amazingly relevant. Here are two of the book’s tips for making people like you. (FYI, the original edition also included tips for wives like “Don’t nag your husband,” but those were, thankfully, removed later.)

  • Be genuinely interested in other people.
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. A person’s favorite word is his or her own name.

2. The Effective Executive (1967) and The Essential Drucker (2008) by Peter F. Drucker

If Ogilvy is the father of advertising, Peter Drucker is the father of management. I chose The Effective Executive for this list because Drucker’s influence was particularly strong in the late 1960s (and rumor has it that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos requests that all of his top executives read it). But Drucker wrote dozens of important books on management, leadership, success, and business, which is why I also recommend The Essential Drucker, a greatest-hits collection of his sixty-plus (!) years of writings.

I guarantee you’ll hear someone quoting Peter Drucker in a meeting or presentation sometime soon (whether that person knows she’s quoting Drucker or not), so you must know his name. Here are two of his most well-known pieces of wisdom:

  • “What’s measured improves.”
  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

3. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (1982)

When I reached out to dozens of colleagues to ask what their favorite business book was, The One Minute Manager received the most mentions. Consider this super-short book a “management for dummies” that’s really very smart. It basically boils down to this:

  • Set one-minute goals that you can write in 250 words or fewer. (If Twitter had been around in 1982, Blanchard and Johnson probably would’ve recommended 140-character goals.)
  • Give one-minute praise and one-minute reprimands for behavior to keep people on track toward their one-minute goals.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (1989).

I was a freshman in high school in 1989 and I remember how insanely popular The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was when it launched, even though most of my attention at the time was focused on boys. It’s probably the book I’ve seen on successful business people’s bookshelves more than any other and the book I recommend most to others. Here are two of my favorite habits:

  • “Begin with the end in mind.” Covey advises creating a mission statement for your life and making daily choices based on that statement. In other words, whenever you want to do anything, weigh the decision against your long-term goals.
  • “Put first things first.” Prioritize, plan, and execute your to-do list based on your life priorities (along with, when at work, your organization’s priorities), not just what seems urgent in the moment.

My new book Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders has my full list of classic management books that remain relevant today along with my own advice for young leaders moving into their first management roles.

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Meaning: What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is much like it sounds, someone who helps a person with their life and tough situations that they may be encountering. A life coach can effectively help you get your life into order and create the organization as well as a great outlook on life in general. Many people don’t realize how much of a help a life coach can be for someone who is trying to get their life together. Life coaches are trained solely for the purpose of helping others, which is why it is very important to consult with a life coach that has had such training.

Although many people feel that it isn’t hard to become a life coach, those that are life coaches beg to differ. Becoming a life coach is much more than just listening to someone else’s problems or allowing them to cry on their shoulder, which is what many people don’t understand. A life coach has to know what questions to ask an individual as well as what tough questions to ask. Not only that but they also have to have certain tactics and methods to aiding the person and fixing their problems within their life.

It is very important that when you are searching for a life coach that you pick very carefully. Many people will claim to be a life coach but won’t carry out the true duties involved in being a life coach to someone. You want to make sure that you are choosing a person that has had experience in the field of fixing problems and tough life situations. It also helps out if a person has reliable sources from past clients that can vouch that the life coach did indeed help them organize their life and also helped them fix tough problems that they went through in their life.

A life coach’s main goal is to help with the motivation of a client. In a sense, a life coach can become your own personal cheerleader when you accomplish the goals that your life coach has set for you. Realize that your life coach wants to see your life changed in a positive way and this means listening, motivating, and guiding their clients in the right direction so that this can be accomplished.

Although there are many different reasons why a person would choose to incorporate a life coach in their lives, as long as you follow the strategies and help given by your life coach, you are sure to get your life back on track… the right way! So if you yourself are having troubles in your life and feel like your life is incomplete shambles and disorganization, then hiring your very own personal life coach may just be your ticket to having the structured and organized life you have always dreamed of.

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Guest Post: What 16 Successful People do During their morning routine

Original Post: Meredith Lepore (13 April 2016)

What you do before you sit down at your desk and open that first email can pretty much determine how the rest of your long day will play out. A morning routine can be a thing of art or chaos in the making. Sometimes you can make a great breakfast, put together a snazzy outfit and finish up a project all before you march out the door. Other days, it is a miracle if you manage to find a matching pair of shoes and get them on your feet. Either way, try to personalize your own version of these success-making morning habits.

Wake up super early

You may still be that in that college mindset that you can wake up 10 minutes before class. You should consider laying off the snooze button. Many high-performing leaders crave extra morning time. A poll of 20 executives found that 90 percent said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m.

Actress Ellie Kemper also likes to wake up before the sun comes out. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star and Princeton grad told The Cut, “I’m a morning bird. I love getting up before it’s light out if it’s possible. I wake up, I have a black coffee. I’m an 86-year-old man.”


For some of us, we can’t imagine stretching in the morning much less running or spinning. For others, exercise is the only thing that will really wake them up. “I just started thinking, if I had to get up to go to work, I’d get up and go to work,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine in 2009. “If I had to get up to take care of my kids, I’d get up to do that. But when it comes to yourself, then it’s suddenly, ‘Oh, I can’t get up at 4:30.’ So I had to change that. If I don’t exercise, I won’t feel good. I’ll get depressed.”

Someone else who makes exercise a part of their daily morning routine is Jennifer Aniston (how else do you think she looks that good?) Her daily morning workout routine includes a spin-yoga combo and then she goes to the gym. “I’ll go do a workout of some sort. I have a trainer, a wonderful woman with who I do this spin-yoga class [with]. We spin for half an hour and then do yoga for 40 minutes. That’s pretty intense,” she told Well + Good. “Then I go to a gym, where I do strength training or just my own thing on the treadmill, the bike, or the elliptical, just to change things up. Keeping your body confused is always the key for me.”

And they aren’t alone. Michelle Gass, Chief Customer Officer at Kohl’s, has woken up each morning at 4:30 a.m. to go running for 15 years (ironically, the woman isn’t relying on coffee.) She believes her morning routine has helped boost her happiness and business success.

Talk with their family or friends

Obie Mckenzie, managing director of BlackRock, spends 84 minutes every morning chatting with his wife on their morning commute. He says, “It keeps us connected all day.” If you get some in-person face time with a loved one, then do it! It’s great to have a commute buddy.

Master a fast morning routine

Tory Burch, who runs a fashion empire, has a surprisingly low-maintenance morning beauty routine. She told Into The Gloss, “In the morning I usually walk out the door with a wet head, put my hair in a low ponytail and go out for the day—not very exciting. I don’t blow dry my hair, except when I go to a party, just so it’s a little bit more presentable. I prefer the look of my hair when it dries naturally—not too perfect or too straight.”

Jenna Lyons, creative director at the president of J.Crew, says she also has a short beauty routine, but that doesn’t mean she still doesn’t focus on what she is wearing. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I do my makeup in about five minutes, and I get dressed in about three minutes. I definitely don’t have a work uniform. The idea of a uniform is like a slow and painful death to me. There is nothing I like more than getting dressed.”

Eat a Solid Breakfast

A power bar or Pop-Tart may be appealing speed wise but there is nothing like a good filling breakfast to start the day. Kemper told The Cut, “I usually eat some sort of yogurt and granola or almonds. I love oatmeal. I like a healthy whole-grain bowl of gruel. I know people eat egg whites and avocado, but I can’t have that. I need a starchy base. When I make it, I add brown sugar, raisins, and almonds. The night before, I’ll soak oats with almond milk, coconut, and chia seeds. It’s not pretty to look at. It is the definition of gruel. I eat it cold. It’s like, cold mush! But it’s delicious.”

Play a competitive game

Going along with exercise, before her daily blow-out at 6:45 a.m. to perfect that famous coif, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reportedly starts her day with an exciting 5:45 a.m. tennis match, according to The Guardian.

Watch the news

For some of us, we just want to know what is going on in the world before we go out into it. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was up by 5 a.m. every weekday, even though she stayed up very late the night before (Thatcher wasn’t a big sleeper) to listen to “Farming Today,” a popular broadcast program on BBC Radio 4.

Scandal star Kerry Washington also scans the news post-workout while rehydrating with some coconut water. Unlike Thatcher though, she relies on social media. “Breaking news always hits Twitter first,” she tells Self.

Answer emails

Some people start their morning by getting right to it and that’s okay. Tim Armstrong, the AOL CEO, told The Guardian that he gets out of bed immediately when he wakes up at 5 or 5:15 in the morning, either to answer emails or sneak in a workout. “Historically, I would start sending emails when I got up,” he told The Guardian in April. “But not everyone is on my time schedule, so I have tried to wait until 7 a.m.. Before I email, I work out, read and use our products.”

Walk their dog

Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, walks her dog before 7:30 a.m., even on weekends, to get her day started. “She’ll start walking around the room, and then I will get up and take her out for a walk. I normally walk her for about an hour in the morning. It’s the only time of day I get to myself.”


Gwyneth Paltrow gets up at 4:30 a.m. to practice her asanas. ”I’m really not a morning person at all,” Paltrow told InStyle. ”It’s just sheer determination. I’m very strict with myself. When I practice six days a week and eat clean food, I feel much better.”

Make Your Bed

This is the first thing a-list actress and best-selling author Cameron Diaz does when she wakes up. She follows it with drinking a liter of water, meditating for 20 minutes, eating avocado toast or oatmeal, and then working out. The full routine takes her an hour and helps prep her for a full day.

Chug coffee (or green tea)

Lyons says she is a big fan of coffee: “My favorite thing in the world is coffee ice cream, so I try to get my coffee to taste as close to coffee ice cream as I can.”

Eva Chen, former Lucky editor-in-chief who now helms fashion at Instagram, has said she starts her day with a calming green tea. She also puts together an outfit from the shoes up. “It’s a random thing about my morning routine. I don’t watch TV in the morning because I get sucked into it. I’ll end up watching reruns of The OC on Soapnet.”

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