Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers by Stan Slap (Portfolio, $25.95)
San Francisco-based Stan Slap has revolutionized performance for some of the world’s most demanding organizations including Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, HSBC, and Viacom. By working with tens of thousands of managers, from executive to entry level in more than 70 countries, Slap has built a career out of showing the best and most successful companies how to have managers who are emotionally engaged in the company’s successes. This isn’t always an easy task. The key, Slap claims, is an emotional commitment in managers, getting them to invest and becoming the ultimate trigger for problem solving and igniting excitement in others. As he points out, getting a big paycheck, working 12-hour days, and being glued to a Blackberry at night and on weekends are not signs of emotional commitment. His crisply written new book shows managers how to turn their jobs into a mechanism that fulfills their deepest personal values. As a result, Slap believes that each will work harder to protect their lifestyle and thereby make their company more successful. The danger that must be avoided is when emotional commitment is lost. This, without a doubt, is one of the best business books of the year. People who are managers or someday hope to be should put this excellent guide at the top of their reading list.