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Must Reads for Arts Managers — Part I

Creative, insightful, and enjoyable reads, the following is a list of popular business books full of useful best-practice ideas.

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
How do we make decisions - good and bad - and why are some people so much better at it than others? That's the question Gladwell asks and answers. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, he shows how the difference between good and bad decision-making has nothing to do with how much information we can process quickly, but on the few particular details on which we focus. Leaping boldly from example to example, Gladwell reveals how we can become better decision-makers - in our homes, our offices, and in everyday life.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, Jim Collins
Presents the results of a six-year research project into what makes enduring great companies.

Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, John Christensen
A management parable that draws its lesson from an unlikely source - the fun-loving fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market. Based on a best-selling corporate education video, Fish! aims to help employees find their way to a fun and happy workplace. While some may find the story line and prescriptions - such as "Choose Your Attitude," "Make Their Day," and "Be Present" - downright corny, others will find a good dose of worthwhile motivational management techniques.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't, Jim Collins
Based on a five-year research project, Good to Great answers the question, "Can a good company become a great company, and, if so, how?" Good to Great teaches how even the dowdiest of companies can make the leap to outperform market leaders in an accessible book based on rigorous research.

Gung Ho!, Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
An invaluable management tool that outlines foolproof ways to increase productivity by fostering excellent workplace morale. Blanchard and Bowles reveal the secret of Gung Ho! - a revolutionary technique to boost enthusiasm and performance and usher in astonishing results for any organization. The three core ideas are surprisingly simple: worthwhile work guided by goals and values; putting workers in control of their production; and cheering one another on.

The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
A practical business guide for managers wanting to get the most from their employees. It introduces a wide range of timely strategies to promote employee morale and job satisfaction and, in turn, heighten profitability and productivity.

Raving Fans, Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
An extraordinary business book that will help everyone, in every kind of organization or business, deliver stunning customer service and achieve miraculous bottom-line results. Raving Fans includes tips and innovative techniques that can help anyone create a revolution in any workplace - and turn their customers into raving, spending fans.

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
How does an unknown novelist end up a best-selling author? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the tipping point.

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MUST READS FOR ARTS MANAGERS - PART 1
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Photo: Colleen Boyce.
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