The implementation of programmatic and priority based budgeting is not an easy task, but it is certainly one that is worthwhile and transformational for the organizations that we work with at ResourceX. One common issue that people face once they have their data is the feeling of being stuck. A solution for this is to increase the depth and breadth of your experience through the reading of books.
I have recently taken up a new habit of trying to read one new book each week. It requires a lot of discipline and time but the impact on my newfound passion for reading has provided me with a lot of disparate sources of ideas, thinking, and concepts which I can draw upon for work, family, and life in general. Reading a book a week is not for everyone but it can provide a rich opportunity for one to draw upon when they find themselves struggling for ideas on how to take action on their data or for finding new ways in which to engage their organization.
Here is a short list of books to consider, by genre, for thematic areas that you might want to check out.
Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan
Formula X , Jurriaan Kamer and Rini VanSolingen (Great follow up book to Brave New Work)
Freedom Inc., Brian Carne and Isaac Getz
Reinventing Organizations, Federic Laloux
Getting Naked, Patrick Lencioni
Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
Our Iceberg is Melting, John P. Kotter (Anything by Kotter is fantastic)
7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change, Esther Derby
Loonshots, Safi Bahcall
Good Habits, Bad Habits, Wendy Wood
Turn the Ship Around, David Marquet
Drive, Daniel Pink
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker
The Leader of the Future, Peter Drucker
Turnaround, Mitt Romney
Leadership on the Line, Ronald Heifitz and Marty Linsky
Meetings and Decision Making:
The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures, Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless
Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni
The Principle of the Path, Andy Stanley
Visioneering, Andy Stanley
True North, Bill George
One of our favorite communication gurus at ResourceX is a man by the name of Vinh Giang. He talks about how the books we read become part of our army. It is an army comprised of authors whose teaching and experiences become part of our own when we read voraciously. Start building your army today by picking up a few of my favorite books listed above.