GREENSBORO — Two authors with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) find themselves in elite company after their books were named to Soundview’s “Best Business Books” list for 2016.
Soundview — a respected publisher of business book summaries — added titles by CCL researchers William “Bill” Gentry and Jennifer Deal to its annual list of publications, selected for providing “new information while giving principles and practices that can be put to immediate use by our subscribers.”
“Every year we read through thousands of books,” Soundview writes, “but only a handful make it past our rigorous selection process to be selected for summarization… Each book we choose must… have immediate value for readers.”
Soundview named Deal’s book, What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce (coauthored with Alec Levenson) as well as Gentry’s book, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders, to the list.
Gentry and Deal join the shortlist of authors who have received this honor in the past, including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, a 2015 recipient for her critically acclaimed book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
“These are two of the latest examples of CCL’s cutting-edge work, which combines high-quality research with practical insights that drive results,” CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan said. “Jennifer and Bill have both made world-class contributions to our field, and we are delighted by this well-deserved recognition.”
As part of the announcement of the Best Business Books list, Soundview Editor-in-Chief Sarah Dayton said, “The business books featured in 2016 steer us to concentrate on the present in ways that build relationships and shift focus from a ‘me first’ mindset to one of developing others. This brings into consideration the culture we’re creating in our workplaces, the types of teams we are gathering, and the importance of leading by example.”
From Soundview’s summary of What Millennials Want from Work: “Using fieldwork and survey data from global research, Jennifer J. Deal and Alec Levenson have formulated a scientifically accurate picture of what really motivates millennials around the world. Besides describing who they are, Deal and Levenson offer advice on how to manage, lead, and work with millennials in the realms of teamwork, productivity, organizational culture and future hiring.”
Of Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For, Soundview writes: “You’ve been promoted to leadership, but ironically, as a new leader, you can’t rely on most of the things that got you that promotion in the first place. New leaders must do something more substantial and more different from anything they’ve done before. William Gentry says this is the time to ‘flip your script.’
“You need to flip your mental script from ‘me’ to ‘we’ and help those you lead to succeed. Gentry coaches new leaders to flip their script in six key areas: mindset, skill set, relationships, do-it-all attitude, perspective and focus. More than a series of best practices, Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For is a guide to internalizing a leader’s perspective.”
Jennifer Deal is a Senior Research Scientist with CCL and an Affiliated Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California. She is the author of several books, including Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young & Old Can Find Common Ground. She is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s Leadership Experts Panel. What Millennials Want from Work received recognition early in 2016, with New York Times columnist David Brooks citing some of its data. Deal’s work has also been referenced in the Washington Post, the Guardian, South China Morning Post, Marketwatch, the Economist, and Fortune Magazine, among others.
William Gentry is the Director of Leadership Insights & Analytics and a Senior Research Scientist with CCL. His work has been featured on more that 50 different industry websites and media outlets, including CNN.com and Forbes.com. Gentry also teaches at UNC-Charlotte and Guilford College, and previously taught at Wake Forest University and North Carolina A&T State University. This is his first book, making the recognition more exciting.
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